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FIVE TALKING POINTS - ALTRINCHAM (A)

26 November 2021

Southend United head to Altrincham on Saturday in the Vanarama National League after an eight day break.

We’ve picked out five talking points ahead of the crucial fixture.

Walsh to remain?

Louis Walsh was handed his first start of the season last Friday night, completing 90 minutes against Grimsby. Walsh impressed both sets of fans and was arguably Blues’ most influential player on the night. The 21-year-old has not started two games in a row since April 2021 and will be looking to get a run of games under his belt.

In the drop zone

Following Tuesday night’s postponement against Maidenhead United, results elsewhere meant Blues dropped into the relegation zone. Former manager Mark Molseley’s Aldershot Town overcame Torquay United 1-0, and Kevin Maher will know a win against Altrincham could leap Southend out of the relegation zone. Blues are currently in their lowest ever league position, but with the latest recruitment of John Still to the footballing department, there’s reason to be optimistic once more.

Large squad

Phil Parkinson, manager of Altrincham, will have a large pool of players to choose from on Saturday. The Robins have used more players than any other side in the Vanarama National League this season, with 27 players being given an appearance so far. Stockport and Aldershot have also used 27.

Late runners

Blues have conceded four of their last six goals in the first half-hour, suggesting the Essex side are slow to get going. However, this weekend in particular Blues will have to stay particularly focused in the last ten minutes. Altrincham have scored four goals in the last 10 minutes in their last three games, including two on Tuesday night. The Robins fought back from two goals down against table-topping Chesterfield to rescue a point, with Mathew Kosylo and AJ Leitch-Smith on the scoresheet.

First trip

Saturday will be Blues’ first visit to The J. Davidson Stadium (Moss Lane), with the fixture being the first time the two sides have met. The stadium has a capacity of 7,873, however capacity will be reduced to just 1,400 for this weekend's clash due to stadium issues. The Robins are looking to relocate to a new ground, having been at Moss Lane since 1910.

 

 


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