Tranmere Rovers vs Southend United...
It is Friday night under the lights for Blues this evening as they travel to Liverpool to take on Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park.
Currently seven points adrift of safety towards the bottom of League One, it is vitally important that Southend start picking up points and quickly, starting this evening against Rovers.
Tonight’s hosts themselves are only one point above the drop-zone at present and have an ever-increasing injury list to contend with, giving Blues hope that they can pick up a positive result.
Southend’s woes have only continued in recent weeks with four defeats in all competitions coming off the back of their opening league win of the season against MK Dons.
Last time out saw Blues lose 4-1 to fellow strugglers AFC Wimbledon at Roots Hall with a hat-trick from Marcus Forss extending Blues’ run without a home win.
Tranmere picked up a smash-and-grab 1-0 win over Coventry last Sunday thanks to a late strike from Corey Blackett-Taylor, their second win in their last six league matches.
Saturday 11th April 2015
Southend United 1-0 Tranmere Rovers
Barry Corr’s ninth goal in 11 matches earned Southend a 1-0 win over struggling Tranmere Rovers at Roots Hall as Blues maintained their push for a League Two play-off place.
Corr struck the winner just before the interval, getting on the end of Will Atkinson’s corner and while Tranmere pushed hard for an equaliser the Southend defence remained firm to secure the win.
Blues Team News
Mark Milligan has returned from international duty with Australia and is available again for selection this evening, having missed the defeat to AFC Wimbledon last weekend.
Striker Stephen Humphrys has returned to training also after being out of action for over a week but Gary Waddock is cautious over whether the frontman will feature this evening.
Defender Harry Lennon is touch and go after being forced off last weekend with a groin problem while Sam Mantom, Luke Hyam and Charlie Kelman are all not available.
Having impressed against Southend in the past for Shrewsbury and Bristol Rovers, Stefan Payne is likely to be one to look out for this evening for Tranmere.
Payne has been a workhorse for Rovers this term and, despite his main threat being in front of goal, he’s been doing the hard yards defensively as well to help out his team.
Ultimately though, a striker is there to score goals and Payne has four to his name so far this season, including a couple of late, late strikes against Rotherham and Burton Albion.
David Webb will be our man in the middle this evening, being assisted by Robert Merchant and Mark Jones while Lewis Smith will keep the two managers in check as fourth official.
So far this season, Webb has taken charge of nine matches – seven of which were in the Championship – showing 21 yellow cards and no reds.
And last time Webb took charge of Southend it was a successful night for the travelling Blues as they came away with a 3-0 win on the road at Oldham in April last year.
Away Fans Guide
It’s been almost five years since Blues fans last visited Prenton Park which has been home of Tranmere Rovers for over a century.
Those travelling tomorrow will find themselves in the Cowshed Stand which has the capacity to accommodate up 2,000 fans, with the stadium as a whole able to hold over 16,000.
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 tonight’s clash came off sale at the Blues Box Office yesterday but there are still tickets available to purchase from Prenton Park on the night.
Those wishing to buy tickets at the ground, please be aware that the turnstiles are cash only and all tickets are subject to a £3 increase on advanced prices, with the exception of u12s.
Watch LIVE on iFollow Blues
This Friday's Sky Bet League One encounter will be available on iFollow Blues and will be streamed LIVE to International & UK Blues fans!
Match passes for the fixture are just £10 in the UK - £5 overseas - and give you the chance to enjoy the game from the comfort of your own home.