All you need to know ahead of Saturday's game against Bristol Rovers, including the thoughts of boss Sol Campbell...
Southend United v Bristol Rovers
Sky Bet League One
Saturday 7th March
Referee: James Oldham
Assistants: George Byrne and Stephen Brown
Fourth Official: John Flynn
HOW TO FOLLOW
- Live audio commentary of the match will be available on iFollow
- Overseas supporters can watch the match LIVE on the iFollow stream
- Full match coverage and behind-the-scenes access on the club social channels
FROM THE GAFFER
"I’ve got to prepare the team in the best way to play at the weekend, and that’s all I can do and all I want to deal with really.
"We’re getting the maximum out of the guys and they’re working really hard. Well over half of the squad in the last game were 20 or under.
"It’s a joy to work with the youngsters and they’re trying their hardest to make it happen.
"We’ve got a massive injury list and also players have left.
"I’m trying my best to work with the guys, make sure they’re mentally ready, encourage them in between training and get the balance of working hard and having some banter.
"That’s the best thing for me as a manager and also a learning curve for me as well.
"I’ve got this squad which keeps on depleting every day in training and I’ve got to keep on moving and try to get a team.
"And when I look at it we’ve been close in games and it has just come down to a little bit of quality here or there.
“We’ve got such a young side that we can’t expect these guys to be amazing and do everything at 18, 19, 20.
"We’ve not been blown out the water and that gives me encouragement that if you get your shape right, you get them fit and sharp and we can compete.
"It comes down to a little bit of quality or experience and that goes for life as well.
On what to expect from Bristol Rovers...
"It will be a tight game. We have to take care of the long balls and the second balls and then we’ve got to play.
"On the second phase we have to be solid at that.
"We have to make sure we get ourselves right and we can compete.
"The main thing for me is to get the lads positive and aware of the problems they will give us and we have to work around it.
"The guys are young so you don’t want to overload them. You want to give them just enough information so that they can be solid in the game and allow their attributes to come forward, be free and play.
"It’s promising for the future but for now we don’t have an experienced side.
"We’re trying hard to get results.”
"Joe Shaughnessy has a slight ankle problem but hopefully he’ll be able to train on Friday.
"Tim Dieng dropped out of training early on Wednesday so hopefully he can recover for the weekend but I’m not too sure how serious that is.”
"Jason Demetriou is training intermittently so should be OK.
"Mark Milligan has a slight fracture on his cheek and I think they’re going to have to operate on it. It’s not big but there is something there. He won’t be featuring in the next couple of games and it’s sad because he’s been playing well."
LAST TIME OUT
Last meeting with Bristol Rovers...
Bristol Rovers 4-2 Southend United
7th December 2019