Campbell: Blues youngsters are trying their best

Peterborough United v Southend United – Weston Homes Stadium – Sky Bet League One – Tuesday 7:45pm

Peterborough United v Southend United – Preview:

Sol Campbell’s youthful Southend United side face a tough task when they head to free-scoring Peterborough United on Tuesday evening.

While the relegation-haunted Blues slipped to a 2-1 Sky Bet League One defeat at Blackpool, the Posh were enhancing their automatic promotion hopes with an impressive 4-0 thrashing of Oxford United – the east Midlanders fifth-successive league success.

It’s a daunting test for the Blues and Campbell did his utmost to take the pressure of his young charges.

“As the games come thick and fast the enthusiasm for the youngsters is always there,” he told www.southendunited.co.uk.

“It’s the impact mentally as well and it’s a lot for the youngsters that come in and playing week in, week out is tough for them and that comes with experience.

“They’re trying their best, they’re working hard. It is what it is at Southend and we have to utilise the players here and they’re holding their own. Week in, week out though it’s difficult, it’s experience and they haven’t got that. They will get that but at the moment they haven’t got that.”

The former England defender added: “Now all the games are a test. We have to patch ourselves up again and go again, and hopefully, we get a bit of luck [at Peterborough]. That’s all we can do really; we’re going to look over the next 10 days to two weeks and see where we’re at.”

Blues will be without long-term absentees, John White and Harry Phillips, while Stephen Humphreys is also still missing with a broken nose.

Peterborough are likely to include former Colchester United man, Sammie Szmodics, who is currently on loan from Bristol City.

Peterborough United v Southend United – Head to head:

Peterborough United won: 26
Drew: 10
Southend United won: 23

Peterborough United v Southend United – Last five meetings (all competitions):

December 6, 2017 – Football League Trophy
Peterborough United 2-0 Southend United

February 3, 2018 – League One
Peterborough United 0-1 Southend United

September 8, 2018 – League One
Southend United 2-3 Peterborough United

March 23, 2019 – League One
Peterborough United 2-0 Southend United

August 20, 2019 – League One
Southend United 0-2 Peterborough United

Jeevesie’s prediction: Peterborough United 3-0 Southend United

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Brian Jeeves

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