Scunthorpe United vs Southend United...
Southend boss Chris Powell will be looking to build on Saturday’s draw with Blackpool as Blues travel to Glanford Park to take on Scunthorpe United this evening.
Powell wants to turn the disappointment of the late equaliser at Bloomfield Road into a positive by backing it up with another positive result on the road, with Blues desperate to end their winless run.
In their way is a Scunthorpe United side who have been solid at home in recent months and hadn’t lost at Glanford Park since December prior to last Saturday’s 1-0 reversal by Bristol Rovers.
But they’ll take solace from the fact Southend haven’t won at the Iron for over 35 years, with Blues’ last win coming in September 1983 when Culture Club and Karma Chameleon was number one.
Scunthorpe United: LLDLWL
Southend United: DLDDLD
27th November 2018: Southend United (Dieng, Mantom) 2 vs 0 Scunthorpe United
27th January 2018: Southend United (Kightly, McLaughlin, Turner) 3 vs 2 (Hopper, van Veen) Scunthorpe United
23rd December 2017: Scunthorpe United (van Veen, Townsend, Turner OG) 3 vs 1 (Demetriou) Southend United
Blues welcomed back Jason Demetriou and Harry Bunn from the bench on Saturday, with both having been out previously for a number of weeks, and they’ll be pushing for a start this evening.
Both Harry Lennon and Rob Kiernan completed a full 90 minutes for the first time this season against Blackpool and Powell may look to rotate his defensive options depending how they’ve recovered.
Stephen McLaughlin is available again after he missed the trip to Blackpool for the birth of his daughter while striker Charlie Kelman will hope to retain his place after making his first career start.
Scunthorpe have no fresh injury concerns following their defeat to Bristol Rovers at the weekend but they do have a raft of players missing with long-term injuries.
Matthew Lund is out for at least a month following knee surgery. Cameron Borthwick-Jackson is also missing with a knee injury while Rory Watson and Ryan Colclough are out for the season.
Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:
“I know we are in a position where everyone thinks it’s ok but it’s so tight and I said after the Barnsley game that this week’s a real pivotal week for us. We started it off in OK fashion, but it could have been brilliant fashion away at Blackpool.”
“I want us to take something from the Scunthorpe game, but we’re going there to win the game, turn that point into a good point by making it four points from two away games, but it will be difficult for us and we know that.
“Scunthorpe on a Tuesday night on the back of a real physical game is always hard and we’re going to have to call on our reserves of energy and really apply ourselves like the way we did for the majority of Saturday.”
Stuart McCall, Scunthorpe United Manager: :
“The best thing is we have a game on Tuesday and when you lose like we did you can’t wait to get back out there, but it’s no good saying that – we have to go out there with a desire and determination to win a game of football.
“There will be no doom and gloom [in training]. We have 10 games of football to go, let’s show that we can be a good side. I’ve said before that on our day we can be a match for anyone.
“I have to come up with a side and system – whatever it may be.”
Tickets for this fixture are no longer available from the Blues Box Office and are now only available to purchase at Glanford Park.
Any tickets that haven't been collected for this fixture will be available to collect from Scunthorpe at the collection window which is located next to their Main Ticket Office.
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