Campbell expecting a tight contest with Rovers

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Southend United v Bristol Rovers – Roots Hall Stadium – Sky Bet League One – Saturday 3pm

Southend United v Bristol Rovers – Preview:

SOL CAMPBELL’S youthful Southend United side will be looking to end a run of six successive defeats when Bristol Rovers are the visitors to Roots Hall Stadium in Sky Bet League One.

Despite both their wretched sequence and the threat of inevitable relegation hanging over them, Southend’s young charges have performed amicably, honestly and have conducted themselves extremely well during a desperate period in the clubs’ history.

And boss Campbell insisted his side can make it difficult for the Gasheads – themselves struggling for form as the season heads towards its conclusion.

“It will be a tight game,” Campbell told
“We have to take care of the long balls and the second balls and then we’ve got to play.

“On the second phase, we have to be solid at that.

“We have to make sure we get ourselves right and we can compete.”
The former England defender continued: “The main thing for me is to get the lads positive and aware of the problems they will give us and we have to work around it.

“The guys are young so you don’t want to overload them. You want to give them just enough information so that they can be solid in the game and allow their attributes to come forward, be free and play.

“It’s promising for the future but for now we don’t have an experienced side.

“We’re trying hard to get results.”

Campbell is sweating over the fitness of Joe Shaughnessy and Tim Dieng, although Jason Demetriou should be fit.

Mark Milligan is ruled out and faces an operation to a slight fracture to his cheek.

Southend United v Bristol Rovers – Head to head:

Southend United won: 47
Drawn: 28
Bristol Rovers won: 42

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

December 9, 2017 – League One
Bristol Rovers 3-0 Southend United

May 5, 2018 – League One
Southend United 0-0 Bristol Rovers

August 25, 2018 – League One
Bristol Rovers 0-1 Southend United

February 2, 2019 – League One
Southend United 1-2 Bristol Rovers

December 7, 2019 – League One
Bristol Rovers 4-2 Southend United

Jeevesie’s prediction: Southend United 1-2 Bristol Rovers


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