Carlisle United v Southend United – Sky Bet League Two – Brunton Park – Saturday 1pm – Preview
Simeon Akinola and Alan McCormack could feature for troubled Southed United when they make the long trip to Carlisle United in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday lunchtime.
Following a torrid week which saw the club given six weeks to find the best part of half a million pounds to stave off the taxman, this hot off the heels of an embarrassing four-goal hammering off Harrogate Town at Roots Hall Stadium, Moleslely moved quickly to plug the gaps in his inexperience squad in a bid to steady the ship.
The Blues chief insisted McCormack, returning to the club he left ten years ago, has the right attributes to help change the teams’ fortunes, explaining to www.southendunited.co.uk: “I remember playing against Alan and he’s a really tough competitor. I think that’s what we need.
“He’s got that steel, that grit but he’s got that experience and is a very good football player.
“You don’t have the career he’s had without being a very good footballer and a fierce competitor.”
Molesley has been working tirelessly with his squad, attempting to right some of the wrongs from last weekends thrashing, adding: “We’re looking for a quick reaction from the lads following Saturday’s defeat.
“We need to see some positive body language and not feel sorry for ourselves. It was difficult last week but we learnt some valuable lessons and we’ve come out stronger and learnt from those.”
Focusing on Saturday’s opponents, the former Weymouth boss said: “Carlisle are an experienced side at this level, they’ve got some good players and tricky threats on the pitch, and that warrants respect, but we’re focusing on ourselves as a team, getting our game plan right and making sure it will create an impact.”
Timothee Dieng (calf) and John White (hamstring) will undergo late fitness tests ahead of the Brunton Park test. Meanwhile, the home side – themselves beaten on the opening day, 3-0 at Cambridge United – will be boosted by the backing of 1,000 supporters – the Cumbrians chosen as part of the government’s crowd pilots, overseeing the carefully planned return of fans to sporting arenas following the COVID-19 outbreak.
Jeevesie’s prediction: Carlisle United 3-0 Southend United