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25 January 2022

Southend United head to the EBB Stadium on Tuesday evening as they face Aldershot Town under the lights.

We’ve taken a look at five talking points ahead of the big fixture.

Dalby on the scoresheet

Friday night's penalty for Southend was much more significant than just being a match winner. For Sam Dalby, it helped snap a five game run without a goal, with the Blues striker previously seeing his name on the scoresheet in December’s 4-1 defeat to Notts County. The penalty also put an end to any demons Dalby may have been feeling after the striker missed his first and only previous penalty in a Blues shirt. After the signing of Harry Cardwell in midweek, Dalby admitted “everyone has to fight for their place”, and so Friday’s goal would’ve been a welcome gift for the 22-year-old.

Old Friends

There will be a familiar face in the opposition dugout when Southend head to the EBB Stadium on Tuesday. Former boss Mark Molesley was appointed as Aldershot manager in September with the Shot’s 22nd in the table. After guiding them on a terrific run of six games unbeaten, including four wins, Molesley led Aldershot away from the foot of the table. Whilst there is still work to be done, Molesley has enjoyed a good start to his career in Hampshire at the club he played over 100 games for as a player, winning six and drawing three of his 16 games in charge. At Blues, Molesley experienced 44 games in the Roots Hall dugout where he saw eight wins and 11 draws before leaving Blues in April 2021.

Close encounter

Blues have enjoyed a terrific run of their own in recent weeks, as they have tasted defeat in the league just once in six outings. When Kevin Maher, Darren Currie and Mark Bentley took over at Blues a run of that magnitude would probably have been out of even the most optimistic of Blues fans’ dreams. Due to this run, talk of survival has been replaced with talk of a midtable finish and should results elsewhere go Blues’ way on Tuesday evening (of course with a Southend win) Maher could see his side sit 15th in the table. Aldershot themselves sit one point and three goals ahead of Blues having played two games more. However, Maher will be keen to remind his team of the sides below them, with Maidenhead themselves on a good run which has seen them win three of their last four games, against sides all in the top four. Ultimately, Southend have it in their own hands and should they see themselves victorious, it would be the first time the Essex side have won four in a row since 1st April 2017, 1,759 days ago.

Tough Place to Travel

Blues should be under no illusions of Tuesday evening being an easy game. Not only have the Shot’s lost just once in 10 games, but Blues don’t have the best record against Aldershot. Having played the Hampshire side seven times in their history, Blues have lost five and won just one of the encounters. For the superstitious fans, it was Southend’s last visit to Aldershot which ended in a 2-0 win, back in 2013 when Barry Corr and Britt Assombalonga were on the scoresheet

Experience or Youth?

Kevin Maher will be given a tough choice on Tuesday evening as to who should play in the right-back position. Club captain Jason Demetriou has been in impressive form of late but after a yellow card suspension kept him out of Friday evening’s game with King’s Lynn, it led to new boy Leon Davies being given a chance to impress. Davies had a solid debut and didn’t put a foot wrong so a question will be asked as to whether Maher places JD straight back into the line-up or whether Davies has done enough to keep his spot.



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