Southend kick-off a crucial eight days this evening as they host King’s Lynn Town under the Roots Hall floodlights.
We’ve taken a look at five talking points ahead of the fixture.
Lay Your Card on The Table?
Blues will be buoyed by the signing of attacker Harry Cardwell from Chorley for an undisclosed fee yesterday afternoon. The former Scotland U21 international has hit good form this season, with seven goals and four assists in 14 games for the National League North side. The signing of Cardwell will be a welcome addition for Kevin Maher after the news that Rhys Murphy will have to undergo surgery for his knee injury sustained against Yeovil Town.
Blues have a chance to make it a league double this evening if they beat King’s Lynn Town at Roots Hall. Southend travelled to The Linnet’s on the opening day of the season where Sam Dalby was responsible for scoring the only goal, as Southend overcame their hosts 1-0. Blues were backed tremendously that day, with away fans in all four sides of the ground. This evening’s game, however, will end with a much more significant result, with Blues sitting in 19th, seven points above the drop zone, whilst King’s Lynn find themselves 22nd, 11 points from safety. Defeat for the Linnet’s could spell disaster in their campaign for survival.
Davies to Debut?
Like a fine wine, Jason Demetriou has put in some tremendous performances of late and even saw himself pick up a goal and Man of the Match in Southend’s last league match. However, the former Cyprus captain picked up his fifth yellow card of the campaign which means he will have to sit out tonight’s fixture. That could pave the way for new signing Leon Davies to make his debut. The former Cambridge United man will be looking to impress and stake a claim in the first team ahead of a crucial week for the club.
Backup in the Armoury
It could be desperate times at The Walks Stadium as King’s Lynn look to mount a last-ditch survival bid. Led by manager Tommy Widdrington, The Linnets have added three new signings to their squad in preparation for tonight’s match. On Wednesday, Lynn announced the signing of former loanee Zain Walker from Bristol Rovers on a permanent deal until the end of the season as well as defender Olly Scott who impressed throughout a Christmas trial. The double swoop for King’s Lynn was added to on Thursday when Dagenham & Redbridge midfielder Harry Phipps joined on loan until the end of the season. All three are available for selection this evening.
The Blues Go Marching On?
Going into this evening’s match, Blues are in the best form they’ve had this season with one defeat in six league games. With wins against Altrincham, Weymouth, and Yeovil, as well as draws against Maidenhead and Bromley, it was just Notts County who Blues have tasted defeat against in their quest for survival. Should Southend win tonight, it would be the first time Blues have won three league games in a row since October 2018 and would stand them in good stead for a double-header of away games against Aldershot on Tuesday and Dover on Saturday.