Southend United v Accrington Stanley – Roots Hall Stadium – Sky Bet League One – Saturday 3pm
Southend United v Accrington Stanley – Preview:
FOUR POINTS from their last three matches have lifted spirits around Roots Hall Stadium. However, with a glimmer of daylight still between Southend United and the Sky Bet League One safety zone, Saturday’s clash with fellow-strugglers, Accrington Stanley, becomes extra-important as the Seasiders look to clamber out of the relegation places.
Southend produced a resolute rearguard action to defend Charlie Kelman’s early goal and snaffle all three points at Milton Keynes Dons last weekend. However, interim boss, Gary Waddock, insisted another game will bring about a different challenge for his side.
“It’s a different challenge and they’re a good side,” the former Queen’s Park Rangers midfielder explained to www.southendunited.co.uk.
“They have been, over the last few years, a possession-based team and going back to when I have come up against them previously, they have played some good football.
“This year it has been a bit of a mixture, but we’re at home, we want to be on the front foot, we want to take the game to them. But, they’re very good on the counter-attack also, so we have to be mindful of that and be secure when we have possession of the ball. But we’re going out to get the win we’re looking for at home.”
A victory for Southend would lift them level with Stanley in the League One table: “We want to just back up what we did last week,” Waddock continued.
“You can look at it however you want, but it’s simple, for us, we have to win football matches.
“We’re at home and we’d like to give our home supporters something to cheer about. I thought our away following last week was excellent, they were very vocal and got behind the team.”
Southend will be without defender, John White, who has undergone surgery on a broken arm sustained during that victory at StadiumMK.
Liam Ridgewell remains absent as well as Sam Barrett and Harry Kyprianou. However, Waddock should be able to call upon winger Stephen McLaughlin, who was replaced at half-time last week.
Southend United v Accrington Stanley – Head to head:
Southend United won: 4
Accrington Stanley won: 3
Southend United v Accrington Stanley – Last five meetings (all competitions):
April 21, 2014 – League Two
Southend United 1-0 Accrington Stanley
August 9, 2014 – League Two
Accrington Stanley 0-1 Southend United
February 14, 2015 – League Two
Southend United 1-2 Accrington Stanley
December 15, 2018 – League One
Southend United 3-0 Accrington Stanley
February 23, 2019 – League One
Accrington Stanley 1-1 Southend United
Jeevesie’s prediction: Southend United 1-1 Accrington Stanley