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Big Preview: Southend United vs Bristol Rovers

6 March 2020

Southend United vs Bristol Rovers...

Overview

Southend United return to Roots Hall for some League One action as they welcome Ben Garner and his Bristol Rovers side to Essex tomorrow afternoon.

Blues will be looking for a positive start to the month of March after a number of battling performances in the league in recent weeks have gone unrewarded.

Rovers travel in poor form too with just one win in their 14 league games since Garner replaced Graham Coughlan as manager in December, so they’ll be keen to halt their own slide with a win.

Form

As mentioned, Southend have been on the wrong end of some narrow defeats in the last few weeks with Blues losing all of their last six matches in League One.

Four of those six though have been by a single goal, including last weekend’s 2-1 defeat to high-flying Oxford where a late goal nicked all three points for the Yellows.

Rovers’ win against Blackpool three weeks ago was their only win in their last 15 league matches and tomorrow’s visitors come into this weekend off the back of successive defeats.

Last Meeting

Saturday 7th December 2019
Bristol Rovers 4-2 Southend United

Clarke-Harris (p)48’, Ogogo 56’, Upson 75’, Kilgour 81; Hopper 13’, Goodship 36’

Bristol Rovers completed a remarkable second-half turnaround to come from 2-0 down to defeat a stunned Southend United 4-2 at the Memorial Stadium.

Goals from Tom Hopper and Brandon Goodship put Blues in control. A Johnson Clarke-Harris penalty began the comeback with goals from Junior Ogogo, Ed Upson and Alfie Kilgour sealing the win.

Blues Team News

Southend’s injury concerns have deepened this week with both Mark Milligan and Timothee Dieng looking set to miss out on Saturday’s clash.

Milligan suffered a fractured cheekbone late in the defeat to Oxford last weekend with Dieng picking up a hamstring injury in training during the week.  

Joe Shaughnessy, who’s only recently returned, has an ankle problem so is touch and go to feature, though Stephen McLaughlin, Jason Demetriou and Sam Mantom should all be available.

Rovers’ Danger Man

With top scorer Johnson Clarke-Harris looking set to miss out on Saturday through injury, Rovers may look for the youthful exuberance of James Daly to fire the visitors to victory.

Daly only made his Rovers debut from the bench last weekend after signing in January, but in his fleeting appearance, he injected plenty of energy into the side and looked a danger upfront.

The 20-year-old joined from Crystal Palace where he’d been highly regarded, with his current boss describing Daly as being a “quick and versatile forward” making him the one to watch on Saturday.  

Ref Watch

James Oldham will once again take charge on Saturday having been the referee in the two side’s previous clash against one another back in December.

Oldham will be assisted by George Byrne and Stephen Brown, with John Flynn as the fourth official, and Saturday will be Oldham’s 26th game of the campaign.

In his previous 25 matches, Oldham has shown 79 yellow cards and five reds, and last time out oversaw Northampton’s 3-0 win away at Grimsby.

Tickets

Tickets are available to purchase from the Blues Box Office, online or by calling 08444 770077 and are at a discounted price if purchased before Saturday.

Prices will increase on matchday with tickets available right up until kick-off, and you can find out more information about ticket availability and pricing by clicking here.


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