Cambridge United vs Southend United...
Blues are quickly back in action once again as they make the relatively short trip to take on the League Two leaders Cambridge United tomorrow afternoon at the Abbey Stadium.
Off the back of that superb win away at Newport in midweek, Southend will travel to the U’s with renewed confidence and will be hoping they can build on that success at Rodney Parade.
But they’ll be faced with the toughest of tests against the League’s pace-setters who will no doubt be looking for a reaction after they were soundly beaten by Salford last time out.
Tuesday night’s 1-0 win against promotion-chasing Newport brought to an end a winless run for Mark Molesley’s side which had stretched back five matches.
Prior to the midweek success in Wales, Blues had lost to tomorrow’s hosts Cambridge, as well as Mansfield, Bradford and Port Vale while also picking up a point away at Grimsby.
Mark Bonner’s side were humbled in midweek by a 4-1 defeat at Salford, ending a seven-game unbeaten run for the U’s who have won three and drawn two of their last six.
Last League Meeting
Tuesday 19th January 2021
Southend United 1-2 Cambridge United
Akinola 27’; Iredale 46’, Ironside 68’
Not even a month has passed since these two sides last clashes horns as Cambridge came from behind to beat Southend 2-1 in a rearranged fixture at Roots Hall in January.
Simeon Akinola nodded Blues in front midway through the first-half, but Jack Iredale smashed in an equaliser right after the restart before Joe Ironside tapped in the winner for the visitors.
From The Boss
"There can be no greater carrot for us on Saturday but we have to keep our feet on the floor and remember what it takes to win a game of football which we showed on Tuesday and stay true to ourselves and keep believing.
"They’re an excellent side and they’re up there for a reason. They’ve got established and experienced players with a good way of playing so it’s certainly going to be a tough game, but we showed on Tuesday night that we’re up for the challenge and the fight.
"We’ve got to meet it head on and look forward to it."
Blues Team News
Mark Molesley has said that midfielder Alan McCormack (calf) and winger Terrell Egbri (hamstring) are both upping their recovery, but the Blues boss expects both to miss out again this weekend.
The same can be said for defender Sam Hart who’s yet to recover from an abductor/groin problem which forced the full-back off against Port Vale a fortnight ago.
New signing Jacob Mellis missed out on Tuesday night’s trip to Newport through illness and Molesley is unsure whether the midfielder will be fit enough to make his debut on Saturday.
There’s a number of Cambridge players worth keeping an eye on at the weekend, but there can be only one that deserves the moniker of ‘dangerman’ and that is U’s striker Paul Mullin.
The 26-year-old continues to lead the way in the League Two scoring charts, with his strike against Salford in midweek his 20th league goal already this season.
In all, Mullin has scored 22 in all competitions, with the dangerous frontman now having scored in both of his last two outings against Salford and Barrow.
Ross Joyce will be the referee at the Abbey Stadium, being assisted by Matthew Smith and Nicholas Cooper, while Michael Webb sits in as the fourth official.
Tomorrow will be Joyce’s first Southend game in almost two years having not officiated Blues since their 1-1 draw away at Walsall back in April 2019.
So far this season, Joyce has taken charge of 19 games and has shown 79 yellow cards and four reds, with his last match being the 1-1 draw between Crewe and Ipswich in League One.
With fans unable to attend matches in person, Blues fans can watch tomorrow’s clash with Cambridge 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 iFollow Blues and ensure you miss none of the action at the Abbey Stadium, click here.
Please note, due to current BBC guidelines relating to travel to and from a Tier 4 area, the BBC Essex commentary team will not be able to provide match commentary for the game. Instead, you will have a choice of listening to ambient stadium noise or you can switch to Cambridge’s commentary via the settings cog.