Southend United vs Burton Albion...
Blues are back at Roots Hall for the third time in eight days as they welcome Nigel Clough’s Burton Albion to Essex tomorrow afternoon.
Following defeats to Coventry and Gillingham, Southend will be desperate to end their week on a high as they go in search of vital points to help keep their survival hopes alive.
The Brewers, comfortably clear of the danger zone but 10 points off the top six, have been struggling of late but a win for the visitors could help them start off a late push for the play-off places.
Tuesday night’s defeat to Gillingham extended Southend’s losing run to four matches coming off the back of defeats to Blackpool, Peterborough and Coventry.
Blues have just the three league wins all season, with their last victory coming at the start of February where they beat Lincoln City 2-1 at Roots Hall.
Burton are without a win in their last six, losing two and drawing four, and they come into the weekend off the back of a 4-1 defeat to Ipswich Town at Portman Road.
Their recent record at Roots Hall is also unfavourable, having not won in their past five visits in all competitions, drawing two and losing three.
Tuesday 3rd December 2019
Burton Albion 1-1 Southend United
Fraser 49’; McLaughlin 21’
Blues picked up their first point under Sol Campbell with a 1-1 draw against Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium as Stephen McLaughlin’s goal was cancelled out by Scott Fraser’s free-kick.
McLaughlin headed the visitors in front before John-Joe O’Toole was sent off. Blues though couldn’t make their man advantage count as Fraser’s free-kick secured a point for the Brewers.
Blues Team News
Patrik Gunnarsson is set to start in goal for Blues after joining on an emergency loan from Brentford following confirmation that Mark Oxley will be out for a number of weeks with a thigh injury.
Brandon Goodship was absent Tuesday night with an ankle injury and he’s pushing for a return as is Jason Demetriou who’s been rested for the last two matches.
Blues were boosted by the return of Joe Shaughnessy and Harry Kyprianou on Tuesday night, though they’ll continue to be without Stephen Humphrys, John White and Harry Lennon amongst others.
Despite the team’s poor recent form, there’s been one standout player for Burton in the last six games and that’s Rangers loanee Jamie Murphy who is certainly the one to watch on Saturday.
The 30-year-old midfielder has found a new lease of life at the Pirelli Stadium, scoring four goals and claiming one assist in his opening six appearances for Burton since joining on loan in January.
Team-mate John Brayford described Murphy as a “special player” in a recent interview and Burton will no doubt be looking to give him as much of the ball as possible at the weekend.
Craig Hicks will be in charge of his third Southend game of the season on Saturday, being assisted by Leigh Crowhurst and Stuart Butler, with Nigel Lugg in as the fourth official.
It’ll be Hicks’ first visit to Roots Hall since January 2019, having officiated Blues’ opening league game away to Coventry and their New Year’s Day game at AFC Wimbledon.
This season, Hicks has taken charge of 25 games, issuing 76 yellows and four reds, and was last seen in the middle of Portsmouth’s dramatic late Leasing.com Trophy win over Exeter on Tuesday.
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