Southend United vs Salford City...
It’s a quick turnaround for Blues as they welcome Salford City to Essex tomorrow afternoon in what will be a first visit to Roots Hall for Richie Wellens’ Ammies.
After Wednesday night’s superb win for Mark Molesley’s side, confidence will be high in the Southend camp as they look to replicate their recent good away form at home.
Salford though travel with their sights firmly set on promotion to the third tier and sit just outside the play-off places going into this weekend with another vital three points on offer to both clubs.
Southend’s excellent 3-1 win away at Forest Green Rovers in midweek more than made up for the disappointment of last Saturday where Blues were unfortunate to lose 1-0 to Bolton at home.
Molesley’s side have picked up two wins and a draw from their last six outings, with the win at Rovers adding to a win at Newport and a draw against league leaders Cambridge.
Salford fell to a last-gasp defeat to Morecambe last time out, conceding twice in stoppage time to lose 2-1. The Ammies have recorded two wins, two draws and two defeats from their last six.
Tuesday 20th October 2020
Salford City 3-0 Southend United
Lennon O.G. 26’, Wilson 58’, Demetriou O.G. 63’
Caretaker boss Paul Scholes guided Salford to a comfortable 3-0 win against Southend in the two side’s first-ever meeting back in October.
Harry Lennon’s own goal set the ball rolling before James Wilson added a second. Ian Henderson’s header then deflected in off Jason Demetriou to wrap up a big win for the home side.
From The Boss
Mark Molesley: "Whatever has happened previously has gone and counts for nothing now, it's about the next game and we've got to make sure we keep to those standards.
"We need consistency and to not go long periods without a win. We've worked hard, put in some good performances and the lads' belief and attitude has never wavered.
"We've got to continue to build on that.
"We have to show the same attitude as we did on Wednesday; that high energy, that real belief that you could see from the first whistle in how hard the boys worked for each other."
On coming up against Salford: "They're a fantastic football team, got some good players and they're well backed. They play an attractive style of football and have got an experienced manager who has done great things in the game.
"We've shown the last few challenges have brought out the best in us and we've got to make sure playing these so called big fish it continues to bring out the best in us."
Blues Team News
Sam Hart was a noticeable absentee from the travelling part on Wednesday night with the defender having aggravated his groin in an in-house game earlier in the week. He will again be sidelined.
Nile Ranger is available for selection after returning to training earlier this week, while Molesley also said on Friday that Jacob Mellis is getting a lot closer to full fitness now.
There appeared to be no other fresh injury concerns from the trip to Nailsworth which saw the return of Alan McCormack to action from the bench in his first appearance in a month.
Terrell Egbri (hamstring) and James Olayinka (ankle) continue to be missing, alongside long-term absentees Harry Lennon, Nathan Ralph and Lewis Gard (knee).
However there was good news with Egbri and Olayinka, who both returned to training on Friday.
Ian Henderson continues to roll back the years and be one of Salford’s biggest threats in front of goal with the 36-year-old banging in four in his last five, making him tomorrow’s dangerman.
The wily veteran brought up double figures in the league this season thanks to his winner against Barrow a little under a fortnight ago and he has 11 goals in total to his name this campaign.
Henderson is no stranger to scoring against Southend either with the striker notching in meetings in both of the last two seasons, and he’ll be looking to make it a hat-trick, of sorts, tomorrow.
Saturday afternoon will see Dean Whitestone take charge of proceedings, being assisted by Bhupinder Gill and Graham Kane, with Robert Hyde tomorrow’s fourth official.
Whitestone has predominantly officiated in the Championship this season, clocking up 44 yellow cards and three reds from his 23 games so far.
The Northamptonshire referee’s last visit to Roots Hall was on Easter Monday 2019 when Blues won a 3-2 thriller against Burton Albion.
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