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BIG PREVIEW: SOUTHEND VS WALSALL

23 March 2021

Southend United vs Walsall...

Overview

Southend United welcome Walsall to Roots Hall this evening in a rearranged meeting between the two sides who are both looking at tonight as a chance to secure a much-needed three points.

With just 10 games remaining until the end of the season for Blues, tonight is yet another massive game for Mark Molesley’s side if they are to stand any hope of evading the drop.

But the Saddlers themselves aren’t out of the woods either after a poor recent run of form, so tonight could prove key to both side’s aspirations of staying in League Two next season.

Form

Saturday’s late equaliser against Scunthorpe at the Sands Venue Stadium prevented Blues from picking up their first win in six matches since beating Forest Green Rovers.

The 1-1 draw against The Iron was Southend’s fourth draw in their last six following on from stalemates against Stevenage, Oldham and Salford, and defeats to Tranmere and Cheltenham.

Walsall’s form hasn’t been any better with the Saddlers picking up just four draws in a 10-game winless run, with their last outing being a 2-1 defeat at Bolton on Saturday.

Last Meeting

Saturday 14th November 2020

Walsall 0-1 Southend United

Bates Sent Off 90’; Acquah 88’

Emile Acquah’s late strike earnt Blues their first win of the season in dramatic circumstances the last time these two sides came head-to-head back in November.

Just minutes after Elijah Adebayo had skied a penalty up the other end, substitute Acquah came up with the winner, scoring on the turn with two minutes remaining to snatch the points. 

From The Boss

Blues Team News

Despite recovering from an illness that prevented him from making the pitch on Saturday, Elvis Bwomono will be absent again this evening as he’s flown out on international duty with Uganda for their African Cup of Nations qualifier against Burkina Faso tomorrow.

That means that Jason Demetriou is likely to deputise again at right-back for Blues, though Mark Molesley may consider pushing Shaun Hobson over the right with Tyler Cordner available as another centre-back option for the Southend boss.

Another defender, Tom Clifford, faces a race to be fit tomorrow after picking up an ankle injury in training last week. The knock was enough for the full-back to miss the trip to Scunthorpe and he’ll be given a late fitness test to see if he can make the squad this evening.

Walsall Dangerman

Northern Irish striker Caolan Lavery will likely provide Walsall’s biggest threat this evening with the frontman being the Saddlers’ current leading marksman.

Lavery, who had a brief spell at Southend early in his career, has scored six times this season in all competitions with his most recent strike coming in the first minute of a 1-1 draw with Stevenage.

But the 28-year-old has failed to score since then, a run of six matches without a goal, so he’ll be wanting to put an end to his and Walsall’s tough run of form with a goal tonight.

Ref Watch

Tonight will be officiated by David Rock, with Martyn Holmes and Adrian Tranter his assistants and Darren Blunden the fourth official.

It’ll be Rock’s second appearance at Roots Hall this season having also overseen Blues’ 3-1 defeat to West Ham’s u21s in the Papa John’s Trophy way back in September.

Rock has so far this season taken charge of 24 matches, showing a total of 74 yellow cards and four reds, with his last appointment being Saturday’s 3-3 draw between Rochdale and Peterborough.

iFollow Blues

With fans not able to attend Roots Hall in person, Blues supporters can watch tonight’s game with Walsall 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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