Southend United vs Fleetwood Town...
Southend return to league action to take on Joey Barton’s Fleetwood Town at Roots Hall tomorrow afternoon hoping for an upturn in fortunes following the departure of Kevin Bond.
After suffering an eighth defeat in nine matches, Bond resigned last week, leaving assistant Gary Waddock in temporary charge as Fleetwood make their way down south from Lancashire.
And after last weekend’s game with Portsmouth was postponed, Blues should be fully recharged and fully prepared to try and pick up their first points of the campaign.
Blues’ league troubles showed no sign of abating last time out as Rochdale inflicted a sixth successive league defeat which ultimately spelt the end for boss Kevin Bond.
Southend’s only win so far this season has come in the Carabao Cup away at Stevenage with Blues’ scorecard currently reading played nine, lost eight in all competitions.
Fleetwood currently find themselves fourth in the League One table thanks to four wins, one draw and two defeats, with their last outing seeing them beat Oxford United 2-1 at home.
Saturday 6th April 2019
Fleetwood Town 2-2 Southend United
Evans 59’, (p)84’; Bunn 21’, Hyam 80’
Blues earned a vital point on the road at Fleetwood but it could have been better for the visitors who were denied a win by Ched Evans’ 84th-minute penalty.
Southend opened the scoring through Harry Bunn before Evans equalised just before the hour mark. Luke Hyam’s first goal for the club looked to have won it only for Evans to level again from the spot.
Blues Team News
Club captain Mark Milligan is touch and go for Saturday after the Australian returned early from international duty with a slight hamstring problem.
Another likely to miss out is John White whose ankle injury, which forced him off against Rochdale, isn’t as bad as first feared but Saturday will come too soon for the defender.
Nathan Ralph, Timothee Dieng and Stephen McLaughlin have all returned to training and will be pushing to be involved come tomorrow afternoon.
Paddy Madden is in blistering form already this season, scoring in six of Fleetwood’s eight matches played so far this campaign to be the club’s leading scorer.
If that wasn’t enough already to make him the dangerman tomorrow afternoon, the Irishman also has a pretty impressive scoring record against Blues in recent years.
In the last four seasons, during his time with Fleetwood and his previous club Scunthorpe, Madden has come up against Southend seven times and has scored five goals.
John Busby will be the man to take charge tomorrow afternoon and he’s assisted Carl Fitch-Jackson and Louis Mark, with Ryan Atkin the fourth official.
Busby refereed three Southend matches last season, overseeing two wins and a draw for Blues, with his last visit to Roots Hall coming when Southend faced Southampton u23s in the EFL Trophy.
So far this campaign, Busby has taken charge of eight matches across League One, Two and cup competitions, issuing 27 yellow cards and two reds.
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