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BIG PREVIEW: TRANMERE VS SOUTHEND

23 October 2020

Tranmere Rovers vs Southend United...

Overview

Blues are back on the road again this weekend as they travel to the Wirral to take on Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park.

Both sides were on the wrong end of defeats in midweek, so they’ll be looking at Saturday as a chance to bounce back and get a positive result.

Last season, the two sides couldn’t be separated in either of their two league games as both finished in draws, which points towards another close encounter on Saturday.

Form

Southend are still searching for their first win of the season and come into tomorrow’s clash with Tranmere off the back of a 3-0 defeat away at Salford City.

Blues have picked up two draws from their last six games – against Crawley and Exeter – whilst suffering defeats to Cheltenham, Morecambe and Carlisle.

Tranmere are without a win in their last three after their midweek home defeat to Leyton Orient. Rovers have picked up one win and two draws from their last six matches.

Last Meeting

Saturday 11th January 2020
Southend United 0-0 Tranmere Rovers

Blues and Tranmere played out a 0-0 draw at Roots Hall the last time these two sides met back in January in a game where clear chances were few and far between.

Mark Oxley got the better of Connor Jennings in the first-half before Stephen McLaughin forced Aaron Chapman to make a fine save after the break as both sides had to settle for a point.

From The Boss

"I've said all along, we have to react in the most positive way and make the best of the situation.

"Nothing changes. We still analyse the game honestly and openly and we shared that with the players on Thursday.

"All we can focus on is trying to improve and get better. Training the best we can and preparing the best we can.

"I've said it, the game is about lots of moments and we've come up short in a few moements and we're getting punished for it.

"We can turn that tide just as quickly by being more alert to those areas and continue striving to improve and we can turn it around, it's in our control to do that."

Blues Team News

Nathan Ralph is set to see a specialist next week to find out the extent of his knee injury after the full-back was stretchered off early into the game against Salford in midweek.

It’s thought that Ralph could be out of action for an extended period and leaves the door open to Richard Taylor or Tom Clifford to fill the left-back berth.

John White and Simeon Akinola remain absent but are expected to return to full training next week, while Alan McCormack is not far behind as he continues his recovery from a calf problem.

Tranmere Dangerman

Should he be fit for the weekend, James Vaughan is likely to be one of Tranmere’s main threats to Mark Molesley’s side at Prenton Park.

The experienced striker has been out of action following an outbreak of Covid-19 but he is available again for selection this weekend and will be looking to build on his good start to the season.

Vaughan already has five goals to his name with four of those coming in his last two appearances thanks to doubles in wins against Liverpool u21s in the EFL Trophy and Scunthorpe in the league.

Ref Watch

Andy Woolmer takes charge of the game on Merseyside in what will be his first Blues game since April 2018 and a 1-0 defeat away to Blackburn Rovers.

He was also the referee that season as Blues beat Wigan Athletic 3-1 at Roots Hall.

Assisting him are Steven Meredith and Nik Barnard, with Philip Dermott Fourth Official.

Woolmer was the referee on Wednesday night as Watford beat Blackburn. In five games so far this season he is yet to issue a red card.

iFollow Blues

With fans still unable to attend matches in person, Blues fans can watch tomorrow’s clash with Tranmere by picking up a Match Pass for iFollow Blues for £10.

Overseas supporters can pick up a pass for just £7 with the pass allowing you to catch the game on your laptop, computer, tablet or mobile device. 

For more information on how you can get your Match Pass for Saturday’s game AND be in with a chance of winning a copy of the new FIFA 21 game, click here.


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