Gillingham vs Southend United
Blues return to league action tomorrow afternoon as they make the short trip over the QE2 Bridge and into Kent to face Gillingham at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium.
Both sides haven’t been having much go their way in recent weeks, but having won on their travels last time out, Southend will be hopeful of picking up their second victory of the season.
Gillingham too will see tomorrow as a good opportunity to climb the table, though Blues have had their number in recent meetings, winning all of their last three.
Southend’s last away trip saw them pick up their first win of the league campaign with a hard-fought 1-0 win over MK Dons at Stadium:MK.
Blues weren’t able to build on that victory, however, following it up with a 1-0 defeat at home to Accrington Stanley which leaves them currently third from bottom in the table.
Gills have lost all of their last three matches without scoring a goal, last time out losing 3-0 on the road at Oxford. Gillingham have two wins and four draws from their opening 10 league games.
Tuesday 1st January 2019
Southend United 2-0 Gillingham
Mantom 40’, Moore 90’
Southend began the New Year with a 2-0 win against near-neighbours Gillingham with goals from Sam Mantom and Taylor Moore the difference at Roots Hall.
Mantom put Blues in front when his free-kick floated all the way through and into the net. Moore then sealed the win as Gills threw everyone forward with Moore scoring on the counter-attack.
Blues Team News
Simon Cox is fit and available tomorrow having recovered quickly from an ankle injury picked up against Accrington Stanley last weekend.
Charlie Kelman also picked up an ankle knock against Stanley, but his injury has been found to be more serious with the young striker expected to be out for "a few weeks" following a scan.
John White is another absentee as he continues to recover from a broken arm which is expected to keep the Blues defender out for up to six weeks.
Alex Jakubiak is the Gills leading goal scorer so far this term with four goals from his nine starts this season, making him the one the look out for tomorrow afternoon.
The Watford-loanee had a difficult time out on loan at Bristol Rovers last season, going from the turn of the year to the end of the season without scoring.
But this season, Jakubiak has found his scoring boots once more, with strikes against Doncaster and Tranmere along with a brace against Blackpool.
Leigh Doughty will take charge of his first League One encounter tomorrow afternoon, being assisted by Stuart Butler and Samuel Ogles, with Daniel Cook filling in as fourth official.
This is Doughty’s first season refereeing in the Football League and so far across his eight games this season he’s issued 15 yellow cards and just the one red.
Doughty was refereeing in the National League last season, so it’ll be the first time he’s taken charge of Blues and it’ll be his first time taking charge of a third-tier match.
Away Fans Guide
Blues fans will be very familiar with the surroundings at Priestfield tomorrow, with those travelling to Kent for the game being housed in the Brian Moore Stand.
The uncovered stand which is behind the goal to the right of the dugouts normally accommodates up to 1,500 fans with the stadium as a whole having a capacity of just over 11,500.
For more information on the ground, including info on travel directions, where to park and where to go for a pre-match drink, check out awaygames.co.uk’s guide by clicking here.
Tickets for tomorrow’s clash come off sale at midday today (Friday 4th October) with tickets available to purchase from the Blues ticket office, online or by calling 08444 770077.
Those looking to purchase on the day will be able to do so from the Gillingham ticket office, but please be aware that prices will increase on matchday by £2.