Bristol Rovers v Southend United – The Memorial Ground – Sky Bet League One – Saturday 3pm
Bristol Rovers v Southend United – Preview:
Sol Campbell looked on as his struggling Southend United side picked up their first Sky Bet League One point under his tenure and has highlighted where he believes they must improve if they are to build on that platform against Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Ground on Saturday.
Blues played out a 1-1 draw with a Burton Albion side forced to play an hour with ten men following the dismissal of John-Joe O’Toole – leaving the Blues chief frustrated that his side were unable to profit from their numerical advantage.
“The main thing for us is, we need to see the space and see our runners,” he told www.southendunited.co.uk.
“We had a lot of runners and good situations and we didn’t see it and capitalise on it.
“We’ve got to work harder and those opportunities will appear.
“We were lacking the last pass when it was on, we just didn’t see it. We’ve got to get better at that.
“It’s coming and the more we work at it the better we will get and that luck will drop our way.
“When we’re in the last third we need to start utilising the final pass.
“I don’t want us to be gung-ho, but our mindset when we’re 1-0 up needs to be to go again and kill the game off.
“1-1 away from home is a good result so we have to take every positive when it comes.”
The former Spurs and Arsenal defender also urged his side to defend with a little more vigour, adding: “We’ve let ourselves down in giving goals away.
“I don’t mind teams working hard and scoring against us but we have given away far too many goals because a lack of concentration or a lack of appreciation of where you are on the pitch.
“What you can get away with and what you definitely cannot get away with.”
Blues face a Bristol Rovers side managed and coached by their former favourites, Graham Coughlan and Kevin Maher – Campbell was aware his side faced another tough awayday: “[Saturday] is going to be hard competition and we’ve got to compete in the game.”
Bristol Rovers v Southend United – Head to head:
Bristol Rovers won: 41
Southend United won: 47
Bristol Rovers v Southend United – Last five meetings (all competitions):
March 11, 2017 – League One
Bristol Rovers 2-0 Southend United
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
Jeevesie’s prediction: Bristol Rovers 3-1 Southend United