Southend United vs Port Vale...
Southend United’s eighth and final game of a jam-packed October sees them entertain Port Vale at Roots Hall tomorrow afternoon.
The Valiants will have a couple of familiar faces who’ll be looking to haunt their old employers with former players David Worrall and Theo Robinson set to face their former club.
And Mark Molesley and his side will hope that they can end a hectic month on a positive note with a first win of the season on Halloween.
Blues are without a win so far this campaign and come into the weekend off the back of a fourth successive defeat in midweek to Oldham Athletic.
The 2-1 defeat to The Latics had been preceded by reversals against Tranmere, Salford and Cheltenham with Southend picking up two points from their last six games.
Port Vale are currently two points off the automatic promotion places thanks to a run of three wins in their last four, with The Valiants defeating Cheltenham 2-1 last time out.
Saturday 4th March 2017
Southend United 1-1 Port Vale
Wordsworth 83’; Eagles 78’
The points were shared between the two sides the last time Southend and Port Vale met in 2017 with Anthony Wordsworth quickly cancelling out Chris Eagles’ strike.
Port Vale looked set for their first win of 2017 when Eagles headed in with 12 minutes remaining, but Wordsworth equalised from close range after getting on the end of a Ben Coker cross.
From The Boss
"We have to prepare the best we can in the time allocated.
"We can't go too heavy with the boys after having so many games and a lot of travelling.
"We’ll give them the respect they deserve and make sure we prepare the best we possibly can for them.
"We’re looking for consistency in a few areas at the moment but we’re also looking for improvements so we take each game on its merits and select the best team for that particular game."
Blues Team News
Elvis Bwomono is in line to make his 100th Southend United appearance on Saturday, making him the sixth youngest Blues player ever to achieve that feat.
Southend though will be without Bwomono’s fellow full-back Nathan Ralph who is out for the season after picking up a knee ligament injury in the defeat to Salford City.
Lewis Gard is the other long-term absentee for Blues, also with a serious knee injury, while John White, Simeon Akinola and Alan McCormack are edging closer to a return to the side.
Port Vale Dangerman
We’ve already mentioned him, but midfielder and former Southend man David Worrall is certainly one to watch tomorrow afternoon at Roots Hall.
Worrall grabbed his first goal of the season for Vale in midweek, scoring the winner in their 2-1 win against Cheltenham Town on Tuesday night.
The 30-year-old was Port Vale’s Player of the Year last season and is one of just two men to have started all nine of The Valiant’s league games so far, showing his importance to the side.
Tomorrow will see Tom Nield in the middle for the visit of Port Vale, with Nield being assisted by Darren Blunden and Alasdair Ross, while Stuart Butler will sit in as the fourth official.
Nield last officiated Blues in a home defeat to Oxford in November 2019 and last took charge of Port Vale in April of the same year in an away defeat for Vale against Exeter City.
This season, Nield has issued 25 yellow cards and no reds from his eight games he’s taken charge of, with his last outing coming last weekend in Peterborough’s away win at Hull City.
With fans still unable to attend matches in person, Blues fans can watch tomorrow’s clash with Port Vale by picking up a Match Pass for iFollow Blues for £10.
The Match Pass allows you to catch the game on your laptop, computer, tablet or mobile device and Season Card holders will now have a different way of accessing the game.