Southend United vs Cambridge United
Blues return to Roots Hall tomorrow afternoon for the first time in three weeks and they’ll arrive with a little bit of a spring in their step as they entertain high-flying Cambridge United.
Last weekend’s first win and first clean sheet of the season against Walsall has reinvigorated Mark Molesley’s side who next face a massive test if they are to secure back-to-back wins.
Free-scoring Cambridge are second in the table and have both the best attacking and defensive records in the league so Blues will need to be at their very best if they’re to come out victorious.
Last Saturday’s win against the Saddlers was Southend’s first maximum of the season and was just reward after a battling display up in the West Midlands in difficult conditions.
Victory at the Bank’s Stadium also ended Blues’ losing run which had seen them lose their previous six league games as well as suffer defeats in two cup competitions.
Cambridge are without a win in three matches in all competitions after drawing with Barrow last weekend. The U’s have won three and drawn two of their last six league games.
Tuesday 4th September 2018
Southend United 3-1 Cambridge United
McCoulsky 55’, 64’, Hutchinson 83’; Lambe 52’
Blues started their Checkatrade Trophy group campaign off with a resounding 3-1 win against Cambridge United the last time these two sides met back in 2018.
Reggie Lambe headed the visitors in front just after the interval before two goals in nine minutes from Shawn McCoulsky and a memorable debut goal for Isaac Hutchinson gave Blues the win.
From The Boss
"The win [last week] was long overdue. We felt we could've had it in other games that didn't quite go our way.
"We've got that win and it's given us a platform, something to build on and we should take a lot of confidence from it.
"Certainly, we haven't done anything yet. The hard work continues. But the boys proved they've got the fight and they've got the minerals for it.
"We have to reach those levels every week now.
"The make-up of the squad is starting to get a few more experienced players back with the young players and that balance is slightly swinging our way a little bit more. You do hesitate in saying that, but it certainly looks a lot brighter after a win that's for sure.
"Cambridge present another challenge but it's one that we're eagerly anticipating and one we can't wait to take on. We give Cambridge the respect they deserve becasue they're rightfully up near the top of the league.
"It gives us a great chance to pit our wits against theirs and see how far we've come."
Blues Team News
Full-back Elvis Bwomono is available again for selection after he returned from international duty with Uganda where he took park in two African Cup of Nations qualifiers against South Sudan.
Alan McCormack remains a doubt despite returning to full training this week following a calf problem.
Blues are also without fellow midfielder Kyle Taylor who remains out with a hamstring injury.
It’s quite easy to see who Cambridge’s dangerman is going to be this weekend and that is in the form of striker Paul Mullin who is in the goalscoring form of his life at the moment.
The 26-year-old has 12 goals in 12 league games and 13 overall in all competitions, which includes hat-tricks against both Morecambe and Port Vale.
Mullin has already surpassed his previous best goal tally for a single season and it’s only mid-November, so it’s going to take a lot of stopping for Blues to keep him out on Saturday.
Robert Madley will be the referee for tomorrow’s clash, being assisted by Daniel Cook and Aaron Farmer while Ryan Whitaker will stand in as the fourth official.
It will be Madley’s 10th game of the season. In his previous nine so far this campaign, Madley has issued 28 yellow cards and no reds.
A former Premier League ref, Madley last officiated Southend in February 2017, a 3-1 win against Scunthorpe United as Marc Antoine Fortune, Simon Cox and Ryan Leonard were on the scoresheet.
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