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BIG PREVIEW: SOUTHEND VS BRADFORD

26 January 2021

Southend United vs Bradford City...

Overview

Southend United are back in action once again as they welcome Bradford City to Roots Hall this evening looking to end their recent run of home matches with a victory.

The Bantams though will provide another stern test for Mark Molesley’s side with the visitors boasting an impressive defensive record of late, conceding just twice in their last six games.

And with tonight being yet another opportunity for Blues to climb out of the relegation zone with a win, Molesley and his Blues will be hoping it’ll be third time lucky under the lights in Essex.

Form

Saturday’s narrow 1-0 defeat to Mansfield was Blues’ second in succession and came off the back of a 2-1 defeat against table-topping Cambridge United last Tuesday.  

Those two results combined with a 0-0 draw at Grimsby means Southend are without a win in their last three, with Blues picking up two wins and a draw from their last six outings.

Tonight’s visitors, however, are unbeaten in their last six thanks to three wins and three draws, though their last two fixtures have ended in 0-0 stalemates against Port Vale and Cambridge.

Last Meeting

Tuesday 3rd November 2020

Bradford City 3-0 Southend United

Cooke 5’, Watt 33’, Pritchard 43’

A first-half blitz from the Bantams secured a comfortable 3-0 win against Southend the last time these two sides met back in November at the Utilita Energy Stadium.

Callum Cooke fired Bradford in front in the fifth minute before Elliot Watt drilled in a second. Harry Pritchard then nodded in the Bantams third to wrap up the victory in Yorkshire.

From The Boss

"They are in a great run of form just as Mansfield were so it’s another big challenge but one we’ve got to make sure we dust ourselves off from Saturday and get back up on the horse as quickly as possible.

"The game can’t come quick enough from that point of view. Fine lines in football, we’ve been the other side of that slightly in the last two games and we’ve got to make sure we push on, react quickly and get that win.

"We’ve got to patch ourselves up. Very rarely are you at your strongest in football and it certainly hasn’t happened so far for us, but it’s what you do when you’re missing a few players which shows your character and resolve."

Blues Team News

Tyler Cordner’s signing on loan from Bournemouth boosts Blues’ defensive options with the 22-year-old available if deemed ready and called upon by Mark Molesley.

Late decisions will need to be made on both Elvis Bwomono and Greg Halford after both limped off on Saturday against Mansfield with back and shoulder problems, respectively.

Alan McCormack was another that had to be withdrawn against the Stags at the weekend with a calf problem which is expected to keep the experienced midfielder out for a few weeks.

James Olayinka, Harry Lennon, Nathan Ralph and Lewis Gard are all long term absentees.

Brandon Goodship and Terrell Egbri are closer to returning but not in time to be in the squad against the Bantams.

Jason Demetriou missed Saturday's game against Mansfield but is expected to return after a small injection in his knee.

Timothee Dieng serves a one-match suspension for his sending off on Saturday.

Bradford Dangerman

Bradford’s most recent recruit, Danny Rowe is certainly one that Blues players and fans alike need to keep a close eye on this evening after the striker signed from Oldham last week.

The Bantams beat off several other clubs to secure the frontman’s signature and Rowe joins with quite a reputation for his goalscoring exploits, especially during his time at AFC Fylde.

The 30-year-old scored 189 times in 290 appearances for the National League side and has some spectacular goals to his name, so he’s one Blues can’t afford to give any time and space to tonight.

Ref Watch

Trevor Kettle will be the man in the middle this evening, being assisted by Damith Bandara and Conor Farrell while Gareth Viccars fills in as the fourth official.

Kettle took charge of Blues three times last season, with his last Southend game being a 1-0 defeat at home to Gillingham last February.

This season, Kettle has officiated 18 games in which he has shown 50 yellow cards and no reds, with the Rutland referee last seen in Portsmouth’s 4-0 win against AFC Wimbledon at Fratton Park.

iFollow Blues

With fans not able to attend Roots Hall in person, Blues supporters can watch tonight’s game with Bradford by picking up a Match Pass on iFollow Blues for £10.

A Match Pass will allow you to watch the game on your laptop, computer, tablet or mobile device with Season Ticket holders already having access to their pass via their iFollow account.

For more information on how you can get your Match Pass and ensure you miss none of the action at Roots Hall on iFollow Blues, click here.


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