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BIG PREVIEW: MANSFIELD VS SOUTHEND

19 December 2020

Mansfield Town vs Southend United...

Overview

The big games just keep on coming for Southend as Blues travel to Mansfield Town tomorrow afternoon looking to replicate their recent home form on their travels. 

An excellent 10 days for Mark Molesley’s side has seen them narrow the gap to safety to just one point, and another win this Saturday could take Southend out of the relegation zone.

In their way are a Mansfield side who’ve found wins hard to come by, but at the same time have been tough to beat as the league’s draw specialists with 10 draws from their 18 games.

Form

Southend head to Mansfield tomorrow off the back of successive wins against Scunthorpe and Grimsby, the first time Blues have won back-to-back league games since October 2018.

Prior to those two home wins, Southend drew 0-0 at Stevenage making it a three-game unbeaten run for Molesley’s men who’ve picked up three wins and a draw from their last six.

Mansfield fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat at Carlisle in midweek to extend their run without a victory to three games. The Stags have one win and three draws from their last six encounters.

Last Meeting

Friday 3rd April 2015

Southend United 2-0 Mansfield Town

Corr 21’, Atkinson 28

Barry Corr’s eighth goal in nine games helped Blues to a 2-0 win against Mansfield Town the last time these two sides met back in 2015 on Good Friday.

Michael Timlin picked out Corr for Southend’s first as he lifted the ball over Lenny Pidgeley midway through the first-half, with Will Atkinson scoring Blues’ second from close range seven minutes later.  

From The Boss

"We're really embracing and looking forward to these challenges now. We feel that we've got a little bit more armoury around us now, we're in confident mood and we're really looking forward to the game.

"We've worked hard to get ourselves into touching distance but we have to remember what got us this opportunity, which was hard work, attention to detail and the constant belief. 

"That little bit of confidence should hopefully give us a much needed lift and puts us in a good place going into the game.

"We're the ones that are chasing the pack so we've got to put them under as much pressure as we can. To do that we have to make sure our own house is in order. It's about firmly focussing on our processes.

"We didn't win those [two games] from a week of work, we won those games over months of work and we have to continue believing in ourselves and working hard."

Blues Team News

The experienced Jason Demetriou will be missing for Blues on Saturday as the Cypriot serves a one-game suspension after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season in midweek.

Alan McCormack is likely to take his place in midfield alongside Bournemouth loanee Kyle Taylor who’ll be looking to build on his first senior goal scored in the win against Grimsby on Tuesday night.

Brandon Goodship was a notable absentee against The Mariners in midweek and he’s likely to miss out again tomorrow with the striker currently suffering with a rib injury which requires further investingation.

Harry Lennon, Nathan Ralph and Lewis Gard are the long-term absentees with knee injuries, while John White is more short-term and "stepping up his work" but unlikely to be involved.

Midweek signing and goalscorer Greg Halford is ready to start if called upon, Molesley revealed, but has been without competitive match minutes for some time before his Grimsby outing.

Mansfield Dangerman

George Lapslie looks like one to keep an eye on tomorrow afternoon with the on-loan Charlton midfielder enjoying life at the One Call Stadium.

Lapslie joined Mansfield in October after a raft of newcomers came in at Charlton, reducing his chances of featuring regularly at the League One club.

The 23-year-old is a box-to-box midfielder who brings plenty of energy to the heart of The Stags’ midfield and he’s chipped in with four goals so far this campaign.

Ref Watch

Brett Huxtable will be the man in charge of things at the One Call Stadium on Saturday, being assisted by Richard Woodward and Paul Stonier, with Wayne Grunnill the fourth official.

Huxtable has officiated 16 matches so far this season, amassing a total of 58 yellow cards and no reds, with his last outing being the 4-1 win for Peterborough against Rochdale last weekend.

The Devonshire ref has already taken charge of one Southend game this season, the 1-1 draw against Crawley which saw Nathan Ralph’s acrobatic goal secure Blues’ first point of the season.

iFollow Blues

With away fans still unable to attend matches in person, Blues fans can watch Saturday’s clash with Mansfield by picking up a Match Pass for iFollow Blues for £10.

Overseas supporters can pick up a pass for just £7 with the pass allowing you to catch the game on your laptop, computer, tablet or mobile device. 

For more information on how you can get your Match Pass and ensure you miss none of the action at the One Call Stadium on iFollow Blues, click here


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