Carlisle United vs Southend United...
Blues face their first away trip of the League Two season this weekend as they make the 652-mile round trip to Brunton Park to take on Carlisle United.
Both sides will be looking to get off the mark for the campaign after suffering defeats last time out, but Carlisle will have the advantage of having 1,000 fans behind them on Saturday.
Tomorrow’s game is one of three in League Two to be selected for a Government pilot for the return of fans with the hope being that all grounds can re-open to fans next month.
Blues got their season off to a rocky start last weekend as the youngest Southend squad in the club’s history were dealt a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Harrogate Town at Roots Hall.
Prior to that, Blues had lost both their cup games leading up to the League Two opener, losing 3-1 to West Ham’s u21s in the EFL Trophy after a narrow 1-0 defeat in the Carabao Cup to Gillingham.
Carlisle’s form is almost identical to Southend’s with a 3-1 defeat in the EFL Trophy being followed by back-to-back 3-0 defeats to Oldham and Cambridge in the Carabao Cup and League respectively.
Saturday 28th February 2015
Southend United 2-0 Carlisle United
Timlin 50’, Corr 72’
Southend picked up a vital three points in their race for promotion as goals from Michael Timlin and Barry Corr sealed the victory against the travelling Carlisle United last time these two sides met.
After a goalless first-half, Timlin broke the deadlock from the edge of the area with a stunning volley within five minutes of the restart, before Corr wrapped up the points with a close-range finish.
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Mark Molesley will have been delighted to see his squad bolstered by two new signings this week with Simeon Akinola and a returning Alan McCormack adding some experience to the side.
Akinola joined from Barnet having scored 17 goals last season for the Bees while McCormack re-joins from Northampton having last played for Southend back in 2010.
This weekend will come too soon for Akinola, however, who needs to build up his fitness before being considered, Molesley said on Thursday.
Molesley will be hoping to have Timothee Dieng (calf) and John White (hamstring) back in the squad this weekend but will be giving them last minute checks on Friday to see if they’ve overcome their injuries.
Jason Demetriou and Harry Lennon remain sidelined but Tom Clifford could come back into the squad.
So early into the season, it’s always tough to pick out who will be a certain team’s dangerman so we’ve gone for one of the newer faces at Brunton Park, Gime Toure.
The French forward made his Football League debut last weekend after spells at AFC Fylde, Sutton United and Hartlepool where last season he had a strike rate of one in three matches.
Toure is described as a strong and mobile attacker and he had a rollercoaster debut for Carlisle in the EFL Trophy which saw him score his first goal for the club before being sent off.
This weekend’s fixture will be officiated by Graham Salisbury who will be assisted by Mark Cunliffe and Graeme Fyvie while Andrew Miller slots in as the fourth official.
Salisbury last refereed Southend in January 2019 in a 3-2 defeat to Plymouth which will mostly be remembered for Charlie Kelman’s outrageous goal from the half-way line.
Last season, Salisbury issued 88 yellows and three red cards in his 28 games and was last seen in the middle of Crewe’s 2-0 home defeat to Charlton Athletic last weekend.
Despite tomorrow’s match being one of seven chosen across England for the Government’s ‘return to fans’ pilot, no Southend fans will be allowed to attend Brunton Park to watch the game live.
Not to worry though, as Southend fans will still be able to catch all the action live from the comfort of your own home on iFollow Blues.
Matchday passes are available for £10 and for more information on how you can pick up your matchday pass and watch the game live, click here.