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Big Preview: Southend United vs Bristol Rovers

1 February 2019

Southend United vs Bristol Rovers...

Blues head into the fixture off the back of a 1-0 defeat to Luton Town and will be looking to put things right against Bristol Rovers.

Historically speaking Blues hold the upper hand against the Pirates, who have a former Blues defender and coach as manager, when going head-to-head with a total of 47 out of the 113 games ending in a win for Blues.

Chris Powell's side are also 11 places and nine points above Graham Coughlan's side, but the visiting side have been tightening up the back in recent weeks.

The Pirates' form has improved since Coughlan took over at the helm, and their away form has been particularly impressive. Their last league defeat on the road came back in December when Rovers visited Sunderland, Coughlan's first game in caretaker charge.

Southend United: LWLWLL

Bristol Rovers: DWLDWD

League One - Saturday 25th August 2018: Bristol Rovers 0-1 Southend United

League One - Saturday 5th May 2018: Southend United 0-0 Bristol Rovers

League One - Saturday 9th December 2017: Bristol Rovers 3-0 Southend United

Powell has confirmed that everyone that was available for the last fixture will be in contention for a place on Saturday.

The Blues boss also stated that Rob Kiernan and Jason Demetriou have been doing some very light training in and amongst the group, but the pair aren't ready for the main bulk of the training sessions.

Harry Lennon is building up his fitness and the manager doesn't want to push any of the players, especially with the likes of Kiernan, who has been out for around 18-months.

Mark Oxley still continues to be out with his back problem, alongside midfielder Harry Bunn and long-term absentees Tom Hopper, Ben Coker, Harry Kyprianou and Sam Barratt.

The Pirates brought in two new players on transfer deadline day who have good experience at this level; Jonson Clarke-Harris and Abu Ogogo. 

Bristol Rovers' midfielder Ollie Clarke has been on form recently for the visitors and the 26-year-old will be looking to make it three goals in three this Saturday.

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