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Preview: Southend United (A)

All the important information ahead of Stanley's clash with Southend

27 September 2019

Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman will be hoping his side can grab a second league win of the season when they face Southend United at Roots Hall on Saturday 28th September, 3pm kick-off.

The Reds came so close to clinching victory against Blackpool last Saturday, but an added time equaliser from Matty Virtue secured a 1-1 draw for Simon Grayson's side.

Southend come into the game on the back of their first league win of the season after beating Milton Keynes Dons 1-0 away from home, with Charlie Kelman finding the net on four minutes.

The Shrimpers are currently without a permanent manager following Kevin Bond's resignation in early September, with former Wycombe Wanderers manager Gary Waddock taking on the Caretaker role after Bond's departure.

Waddock's side currently occupy 21st place in the table, with Stanley sitting two places higher in 19th.

The corresponding fixture last season saw Southend clinch a 3-0 victory in December 2018, with the reverse fixture finishing 1-1 just two months later.

Southend United Line-Up Against Milton Keynes Dons (4-4-2)

GK: Mark Oxley
RB: Elvis Bwomono
CB: Rob Kiernan
CB: Harry Lennon
LB: Nathan Ralph
RM: Charlie Kelman
CM: Mark Milligan
CM: Ethan Hamilton
LM: Stephen McLaughlin
ST: Simon Cox
ST: Brandon Goodship

Key Players

Sam Mantom - Mantom joined Southend permanently in the summer of 2018, after ending the 2017/18 season on loan at the club from Scunthorpe United. The midfielder came through the ranks at West Bromwich Albion before going on to make over 150 appearances for Walsall. The 27-year-old has made over 50 appearances to date for the Essex-based club.

Simon Cox - Cox has scored goals almost everywhere he has been, including spells with Swindon Town, West Bromwich Albion and Nottinhham Forest. During both a loan and a permanent spell, the striker grabbed 44 goals in 82 appearances. The 32-year-old joined Southend in July 2016 and the Republic of Ireland international has since made over 150 appearances for the club.

Stephen Humphrys - The Oldham-born striker made his professional debut for Fulham in December 2016, before having spells on loan with Shrewsbury Town, Rochdale and Scunthorpe United. The 22-year-old signed for Southend permanently in January 2019, and Humphrys went on to score the winning goal in a 2-1 win over Sunderland, which was the goal that saved the club from relegation. The striker has scored five goals in Sky Bet League One so far this season.

Team News - Southend United

Gary Waddock will be without defender John White after he suffered a broken arm in the latter stages of the win against Milton Keynes Dons.

Team News - Stanley

Striker Colby Bishop is still a doubt for tomorrow's fixture after missing the draw with Blackpool, but Offrande Zanzala is expected to feature after being hindered with injuries since pre-season.

To read Stanley manager John Coleman's pre-match quotes, CLICK HERE!

Tickets

Tickets for the match at Roots Hall are still on sale and will be available at the ground ahead of tomorrow afternoon's game, CLICK HERE for ticket prices!

Kit

Stanley will be wearing their home kit for Saturday's Sky Bet League One game at Roots Hall, CLICK HERE to buy yours!


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