Southend United v AFC Wimbledon – Roots Hall Stadium – leasing.com Trophy – Wednesday 7:45pm
Southend United v AFC Wimbledon – Preview:
SOL CAMPBELL insisted Southend United’s leasing.com Trophy tie with AFC Wimbledon is of much importance to his side, despite the fact they can’t progress further in the competition.
Blues lost to both Leyton Orient and Brighton & Hove Albion’s under 21 side in their opening two group fixtures and although the games has been deemed ‘meaningless’ by some sections of the Roots Hall faithful, the former Arsenal and Spurs defender will be looking for a positive reaction from his side following Sunday’s disastrous Emirates FA Cup first-round defeat at National League Dover Athletic.
“It means a lot to us,” he explained.
“It’s all about getting a performance out of the lads. After the last game, we need a good performance.
“We need to take the handbrake off. Yes, it’s hard to do that when you’ve lost a lot of games, but we’ve got to start mentally preparing for the league games.”
Campbell continued: “I’m not saying this is a free hit but it’s a game we need to be free in, work hard, want to score goals, want to defend, want to enjoy the challenge.
“The main thing is to be free, have passion and do the basics right.
“We need a performance. We need to start approaching games in a good mentality. We have to start well, prepare well – which we do – and start performing as individuals and as a team.
“We’re working hard in training, and we need to transfer that onto the pitch.”
Blues announced that defender, Harry Lennon, will not be considered for selection following the emergence of footage seeming showing the former Charlton man – in his club tracksuit – out drinking with celebrating Dover players after the cup defeat at the Crabble Athletic Ground.
Campbell will also have to do without the injured Joe Shaughnessy (knee), while Jason Demetriou is on international duty with Cyprus.
“There will be a few youngsters and some will be on the bench – A mixture really,” Campbell added.
“It’s good for the lads to experience that type of pressure.”
Southend United v AFC Wimbledon – Head to head:
Southend United won: 8
AFC Wimbledon: 8
Southend United v AFC Wimbledon – Last five meetings (all competitions):
September 26, 2017 – League One
Southend United 1-0 AFC Wimbledon
January 1, 2018 – League One
AFC Wimbledon 2-0 Southend United
November 24, 2018 – League One
AFC Wimbledon 2-1 Southend United
March 16, 2019 – League One
Southend United 0-1 AFC Wimbledon
October 12, 2019 – League One
Southend United 1-4 AFC Wimbledon
Jeevesie’s prediction: Southend United 1-3 AFC Wimbledon