Southend United vs AFC Wimbledon
Blues will welcome AFC Wimbledon to Roots Hall tomorrow afternoon in what is already looking like a huge six-pointer for both sides.
The Dons, along with Southend, are currently in the relegation places having each picked up just the one win so far this campaign, with Wimbledon currently two points above Blues.
Three points for either side here tomorrow could be the springboard needed to start climbing up the table and away from the danger zone.
Southend go into tomorrow’s game off the back of successive defeats to Gillingham and Accrington Stanley, having picked up just one win so far this campaign.
Blues also have yet to pick up a victory at Roots Hall this season with their only point on home turf coming when they drew 3-3 with Fleetwood Town.
Wimbledon earned their first win of the league season last weekend with a 3-2 victory over Rochdale and they followed that up with 3-0 win over Leyton Orient in the Leasing.com Trophy in midweek.
Saturday 16th March 2019
Southend United 0-1 AFC Wimbledon
Joe Pigott came back to haunt his former side as the Wimbledon striker capitalised on a defensive mix-up from Blues to grab the only goal of the game at Roots Hall.
A long ball from the back caused Michael Turner and Mark Oxley to collide, allowing Pigott to steal in and slide the ball into the empty net to give the Dons a vital victory.
Blues Team News
Mark Milligan is unavailable for Blues this weekend having been called up by the Australian national side for their World Cup qualifiers against Nepal and Chinese Taipei.
Another midfielder likely to be absent is Sam Mantom who missed the Gillingham game with a hamstring problem which he’s unlikely to recover from in time for Saturday.
Nathan Ralph and Brandon Goodship are back in training and should be available for selection, while Charlie Kelman remains out with an ankle problem.
One of a number of former Blues faces found in the Wimbledon squad, midfielder Mitchell Pinnock looks like he’s found form in recent weeks and will be a key threat on Saturday.
Pinnock has scored for Dons in their last two league games, including what turned out to be the winner last weekend against Rochdale, their first league win of the season.
The 24-year-old began his career at Blues but he made just the two appearances in his time at the club and he’ll be looking to add to his goal tally this afternoon against his former employers.
Referee Simon Cooper will take charge of proceedings at Roots Hall tomorrow afternoon, assisted by Daniel Robathan and Neil Davies with Alan Dale the fourth official.
Cooper has taken control of just the five games so far this season – four in the Championship and one in the Premier League – issuing 21 yellows and no red cards.
This will be Cooper’s first visit to Roots Hall since December 2015, with the Wiltshire ref last taking charge of Blues in a 1-1 draw at Charlton Athletic last February where he sent off Dru Yearwood.
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