Bolton Wanderers v Southend United – Sky Bet League Two – University of Bolton Stadium – Saturday 3pm – Preview
A change of fortune? Luck? Or for now, a fewer faces in the treatment room – it doesn’t so much rain as pour down on Southend United boss, Mark Molesley at the moment.
The Blues suffered their tenth Sky Bet League Two defeat of the season when Forest Green Rovers visited Roots Hall Stadium on Tuesday evening. And as his side become further cut adrift at the bottom and the agitated support becomes more and more disenchanted, Molesley is hoping for a glimpse of light at what must seem like a never-ending tunnel.
The Blues head to Bolton on Saturday knowing that even a victory won’t be enough to lift them from 92nd place: “We’ll have to check the COVID rules as Saturday is two weeks. I’m hoping because that’s three lads straight back in,” the former Weymouth chief explained.
“Tom Clifford, we’ll have to see on that one, and then we’ve got other injuries, Kyle Taylor, and a few others as well.
“We’ve had to muddle through so far this season with a lot of injuries and a lot of things, and the fact that we’re still putting out competitive performances with so much going on is a positive sign.
“We desperately need those reinforcements back with games coming thick and fast.”
Earlier this week, Molesley lost the services of defender Harry Lennon for a prolonged period with a knee injury. Following the postponement of last Saturday’s league fixture with Cambridge United, the Blues announced that on top of Covid cases a ‘plethora’ of players were unavailable due to injury.
Saturday’s opponents, Bolton, have recovered following a slow start and have won each of their last three League Two matches.
Jeevesie’s prediction: Bolton Wanderers 3-1 Southend United