Peterborough United vs Southend United...
Southend travel to the ABAX Stadium tomorrow afternoon to take on Peterborough United in a crunch game for both sides as we reach the business end of the season.
Blues find themselves outside the relegation zone only on goal difference, but with just three points separating 21st up to 12th, every point is vital if Chris Powell’s side are to steer clear of the drop.
In the last week, Peterborough’s chase for a play-off spot has been dealt a huge blow following three straight defeats to Bradford, Wimbledon and Coventry.
But the Posh are still very much in the hunt for promotion, sitting just two points below the top-six and they’ll be looking to keep their hopes alive by avoiding a fourth successive defeat.
Peterborough United: LLLWLW
Southend United: LLDLDD
8th September 2018: Southend United (Hopper, McLaughlin) 2 vs 3 (Godden 2, Toney) Peterborough United
3rd February 2018: Peterborough United 0 vs 1 (Demetriou) Southend United
6th December 2017: Peterborough United (Edwards, Maddison) 2 vs 0 Southend United
Blues will be without full-back Jason Demetriou on Saturday after he was called up to the Cyprus squad for this week’s Euro 2020 qualifiers, meaning Elvis Bwomono is in line for a recall.
Fellow defender Harry Lennon is rated 50/50 after picking up a groin problem, leaving the door open for Taylor Moore to slot in either as part of a back three or back four.
Midfielder Stephen McLaughlin is out for a number of weeks thanks to a calf injury, while striker Stephen Humphrys waits for the all clear to return to training following surgery last week.
Posh have Siriki Dembele back in training and boss Darren Ferguson has confirmed that the midfielder will be in the squad after being out with a knee injury.
Defenders Rhys Bennett and Jason Naismith are both carrying knocks so will be assessed ahead of the weekend, while Ryan Tafazolli is available again after missing last weekend through illness.
Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:
“On one hand that helps [12th to 21st being separated by three points], because one result absolutely changes the picture, but it wouldn’t change it for long. Sometimes you think, going up to 12th gets you away from it, but it clearly doesn’t.
“This isn’t one where it’s done and dusted in a game or two, this is going to go right down to the wire for everyone. Of course, you want to try and get yourself away from it, because just looking at the table can give you negative thoughts.
“But with our goal difference, three points and results going our way, it can shoot you up. This one is one where everyone has to keep as calm as they can but we have to strive to turn it around and get points.”
Darren Ferguson, Peterborough United:
“We’ve got to get going again and we’ve stuttered in the last week in terms of when you’ve got three games in one week, to lose all three is a big blow. So, we have to go again.
“We’ve got two home games coming up, starting with Saturday, and we’ve got to be positive as a team and get a result.
“To get the best out of a player, they’ve got to relax and not clam up and we’ve had good chats [on Monday] in terms of moving forward quickly and the week’s been good.”
Tickets for the Peterborough fixture will go off sale at 3pm on Friday 22 March, any tickets that have not been collected by this time will be sent to Peterborough to collect on the day of the game.
These will be available to collect from the ticket collection booth which is located opposite the Main Ticket Office.
Tickets will be available on the day of the match and can be purchased by cash or card but please be aware of a price increase.
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