Accrington Stanley vs Southend United...
Southend United are back on the road this weekend as they travel to Lancashire to take on John Coleman’s Accrington Stanley at the Wham Stadium.
Blues have a good recent record at Accrington; a record that they hope will hold them in good stead as they look to build on recent improved performances by grabbing a much-needed victory.
In their way are a Stanley side whose run of three wins and two draws over December earned Coleman the Manager of the Month award and put them seven points clear of the drop zone.
Blues remain without a win in 16 league matches, but they are currently unbeaten in their last three following draws against MK Dons, AFC Wimbledon and Tranmere Rovers.
Those three stalemates have meant that Southend have now drawn five of their last seven league games as they continue to look for a first league win since September 21st.
Accrington’s form over Christmas steered them away from danger thanks to wins over Portsmouth, Blackpool and Burton, but Stanley have lost their last two, losing to Rochdale and Ipswich.
Saturday 28th September 2019
Southend United 0-1 Accrington Stanley
Southend suffered a 1-0 defeat to Accrington Stanley at Roots Hall thanks to an early second-half strike from Stanley striker Colby Bishop.
After a goalless first-half, Bishop struck seven minutes after the interval, getting on the end of a cut back by Jerome Opoku before firing low past Mark Oxley for the game’s winner.
Blues Team News
Blues have no fresh injury concerns following last weekend’s draw with Tranmere, as confirmed in Sol Campbell’s pre-match press conference which you can read more from here.
Simon Cox left the club yesterday following the termination of his contract with the likes of Charlie Kelman and Brandon Goodship pushing for a starting place upfront.
Defenders Harry Lennon, Joe Shaughnessy and Nathan Ralph remain out long-term, while midfielder Luke Hyam remains a doubt with a hamstring injury.
Accrington Danger Man
He scored the winner when these two sides last met back in September and he’s continued to go from strength to strength, making Colby Bishop the one to watch tomorrow afternoon.
Bishop has taken to the Football League like a duck to water after signing for Stanley in the summer, having spent almost the entirety of his career up to that point playing in non-league football.
This season, Colby has scored 12 goals in all competitions and has notched five in his last six outings, including braces against Bolton Wanderers and Portsmouth.
Antony Coggins is the referee for Saturday’s clash, being assisted by Robert Akin and Conor Brown with Helen Edwards standing in as the fourth official.
Coggins has taken charge of 16 games so far this campaign and has yet to issue a red card, though he has brandished 54 yellows at an average of just over three per game.
It’ll be the second time this season Coggins has been in the middle for a Blues away game. And for those that like their omens, his only other Southend game this season was the 1-0 win at MK Dons, while his only game officiating Blues last season was in fact a 3-0 victory against, yes you guessed it, Accrington Stanley!
Away Fans Guide
The Wham Stadium – better known as the Crown Ground – is one of the smallest grounds in the League One with a capacity of just over 5,000.
Those making the trip to Lancashire tomorrow will find themselves in the corner of the Eric Whalley Stand, situated opposite the dugouts, with Blues being given an allocation of 575 tickets.
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 the game remain on sale until midday today (Friday 17th January) and can be purchased online, in person at the Blues Box Office or by calling 08444 770077.
Pre-ordered tickets are available for collection from the Blues Box Office up until 2pm today or at the Wham Stadium on the day of the game.
Matchday sales will also be available with no increase in price and can be paid by cash or card, this will be from the Ticket Sales Office at Accrington’s ground.