Charlton Athletic vs Southend United...
Southend United will make the short journey to south-east London tomorrow afternoon as they take on Charlton Athletic at The Valley.
It’ll be the first time Blues boss Chris Powell has taken his Southend side to his former club where he played over 250 times and spent three years as manager.
And following back-to-back league defeats, Blues will be on the lookout for a first win away at Charlton since 1996 and three points that’ll help move Southend up the table.
But Lee Bowyer’s side won’t be giving in lightly. Although the Addicks have taken just one point from the last six available, they’ll be looking for a win that’ll further cement their place in the top six.
Charlton Athletic: LDWWDW
Southend United: LLWLLW
1st September 2018: Southend United (Robinson) 1 vs 2 (Taylor, Bielik) Charlton Athletic
26th December 2017: Southend United (Cox 2, Turner) 3 vs 1 (Reeves) Charlton Athletic
9th September 2017: Charlton Athletic (Magennis, Holmes) 2 vs 1 (White) Southend United
Defender Harry Lennon returned to full training for the first time this week after breaking his leg in October, but he is unlikely to be involved back at his former club, certainly not for a starting spot.
Fellow defenders Jason Demetriou and Rob Kiernan continue to step up their recoveries while defensive counterpart John White will be looking for a third goal in three visits to The Valley.
Goalkeeper Mark Oxley and midfielder Harry Bunn remain absent, alongside long-term absentees Ben Coker, Harry Kyprianou, Sam Barratt and Tom Hopper.
The Addicks will be without striker Lyle Taylor and defender Patrick Bauer tomorrow afternoon as both are serving suspensions for red cards against Accrington and Fleetwood respectively.
Bauer’s absence means Krystian Bielik – who scored the winner when the two sides last met – will slot in at the back with striker Josh Parker in line for his home debut after signing from Gillingham.
Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:
“They lost at Fleetwood and drew away at Peterborough, but they won the game before that and I’m sure they’ll have a fast start and I’m sure they’ll look to put us under pressure.
“The one thing you’ve got to remember is they’ve lost Karlan Grant – a very good young player; Lyle Taylor, he’ll be suspended, and that’s 29 goals out of their team at this present time. But equally, that might be an opportunity for one of their other players to step up.
“They’ve got a decent squad and they’ll be looking to stay up there but we’ve got to care about ourselves. We’ve got to be selfish here, what we think and how we play our games and what we need to do.”
Lee Bowyer, Charlton Athletic Manager:
“I’m sure Chris will get a great reception from our fans. He was, of course, a player here like I was, and he did a good job as manager here too.
“He deserves plaudits and whenever someone does well for a football club, they deserve recognition for it. Chris is no different. I played with Chris as well, I hope he gets the cheer he deserves and I’m expecting his team to give us a very tough game.”
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