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Big Preview: Southend United vs Ipswich Town

26 October 2019

Southend United vs Ipswich Town...

Overview

Sol Campbell takes charge of his first game since being named Southend United manager as Blues host East Anglian rivals Ipswich Town tomorrow afternoon in League One.

Blues will be hoping Campbell’s appointment can spark an upturn in their fortunes in what is likely to be a raucous atmosphere in Essex with Ipswich expected to bring 2,500 fans down from Suffolk.

And with tomorrow being the last home league game Campbell’s side will have for four weeks, they’ll be keen to go on their travels with a first home win of the season under their belts.

Form

Southend go into tomorrow’s clash off the back of a humbling 7-1 defeat at the hands of Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday with Blues ending the game with nine men.

Tuesday’s defeat left Southend with just the one win and one draw from their last six league matches, with MK Dons the only side with a worse points tally from their last six games.

Ipswich have stuttered in the last week. The Tractor Boys lost 2-0 to Accrington last Sunday and 2-0 to Rotherham on Wednesday, having won seven of their last eight games prior to last weekend.  

Last Meeting

Saturday 10th March 2007

Ipswich Town 0-2 Southend United

Gower 35’, Clarke 42’

A freak goal from Mark Gower and a Peter Clarke strike gave Blues a vital 2-0 win over Ipswich Town at Portman Road as Southend continued their fight for survival in the Championship.

Gower’s goal came as his left-wing cross floated all the way in to give the visitors the lead before Clarke volleyed in Kevin Maher’s free-kick seven minutes later to secure the win.

Blues Team News

Southend will be without the suspended Ethan Hamilton, Stephen McLaughlin and Harry Lennon following Tuesday's defeat to Doncaster. Hamilton and McLaughlin were both shown straight reds while Lennon picked up a fifth yellow of the season. 

The suspensions for Hamilton and McLaughlin in particular leave Blues very light in midfield with the likes of Sam Mantom and Luke Hyam still out through injury meaning Sol Campbell will need to be creative with his selections.

Charlie Kelman and John White are the other certain absentees as both continue to recover from ankle and arm injuries respectively.

Ipswich Dangerman

Talented youngster Kane Vincent-Young is one to look out for tomorrow afternoon with the former Colchester United wing-back having impressed since joining Town in the summer.

The 23-year-old scored four times in his time at Col U but has already scored twice for Ipswich this season, grabbing the winner at Gillingham before scoring again a few days later against Tranmere.

Playing in a slightly more advanced position, Vincent-Young has pace to burn with a trick or two for good measure, making him a handful for opposing defences when going forward.  

Ref Watch

The referee in charge for tomorrow’s clash will be Andy Davies from Hampshire, who is assisted by Darren Blunden and Adrian Waters, with Michael George sitting in as fourth official.

It’ll be Davies’ first visit to Roots Hall since January 2017 when he last oversaw Blues in their 4-2 defeat against that season’s League One champions, Sheffield United.

So far this season, Davies has taken charge of 10 games in which he’s shown 29 yellows and no reds, with his last outing being last weekend’s 2-0 win for Stoke at home to Fulham.

Tickets

Tickets are available to purchase from the Blues Box Office, online or by calling 08444 770077 and are available to purchase until close of business today (Friday 25th October).    

You must have a purchase history to be able to buy a ticket and there will be no option to buy tickets on the day of the game.

Make sure you don’t miss out on Sol Campbell’s first game in charge of Blues and get your ticket today with more information available by clicking here.


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