Colchester United v Southend United – Papa Johns Trophy – JobServe Community Stadium – Tuesday 7pm – Preview
Neither Colchester nor Southend can progress – Both were knocked out of the Emirates FA Cup by non-league opposition – Neither are where they want to be in the league – And above all, there will be no fans inside the ground – Has their ever been a more underwhelming Essex derby?
Nevertheless, we have a game and with Papa Johns Trophy prize money and more importantly, local pride at stake, it’s a fixture Southend United boss, Mark Molesley, is treating like any other.
“No, every game of football we go into we want to win,” the Blues boss explained.
“We do have to balance the fact that we’ve had extra-time, a hell of a lot of games, a lot of travel and some players will need to be rested – we have another tough away game on Saturday.
“We’ve got to get the balance right but yes, certainly a game we are looking for that elusive win to kickstart our season.”
Although the Blues chief wants a win in every game, a victory of any description would lift a little of the gloom hanging over Roots hall at the moment.
Southend has failed to win any of their fifteen competitive matches to date and will face a Colchester side keen to avoid being the first. However, Molesley stuck to his principles, despite his sides desperate run of form: “First and foremost, we want to win. Second, most foremost we want to stick to our processes and show improvements in all areas that we possibly can.
“There was a lot of positives from Saturday. The way we finished the game, the way we played the second half of extra time. We should have won the game – we created a lot of chances – We’ve got to carry on in that form and continue to build on that form. That has to be the bare minimum
Goalkeeper, Harry Seaden, and midfielder, Harry Phillips, look set to start: “Certainly they have been patient and deserve their chance and they’ll get that tomorrow night,” Molesley added.
Jeevesie’s prediction: Colchester United 2-0 Southend United