Troubled Blues look to steady the ship at Burton

Burton Albion v Southend United – Perelli Stadium – Sky Bet League One – Tuesday 7:45pm

Burton Albion v Southend United – Preview:

SOUTHEND UNITED head to Burton Albion looking to end a run of nine Sky Bet League One matches without a victory – a sequence which has seen them pick up a just one point from the last 27 on offer.

Of course, Blues supporters need not be reminded that this has been an ‘Annus horribilis’ of a campaign which has already seen the Roots Hall Stadium outfit connected 52 league goals and pick up just five points. Nevertheless, boss, Sol Campbell, was in a bullish mood as his side looked to repair some of the damage to what has appeared to be a rapidly sinking ship.

Speaking to ahead of Tuesday’s Pirelli Stadium clash, Campbell highlighted the benefit of extra preparation time due to the Blues early FA Cup exit: “We had an internal game between the lads on Friday and Saturday, which was good for us and we looked at what we’ve got.

“We involved some of the under 23’s which was nice as we could look at a variety of players that we have.

“We played three sets of 25 minutes at Roots Hall, so it was good for the lads to play on an actual pitch.

“We got some of the guys who are coming back from injuries involved as we wanted them to get some more playing time on a bigger pitch, that was good because we could look at the different range of players at our disposal, and we got a lot out of the training sessions.”

Campbell continued: “We’re all excited to get back into action, we’ve had the time off and had some good training sessions.

“We’ve been looking at certain aspects of our game that we want to improve on, and we want to keep doing the right things, look at the fine details and most importantly cut out the little mistakes that we keep on making.

“Football is all about taking advantage of the little mistakes and being able to do the right things when you get your chances and hopefully, we can start to play like that.”

Speaking about the hosts, the former Spurs and Arsenal defender added: “Burton are a great passing team; they hold the ball well they look for the crosses and they look to get in behind teams.

“We’ve just got to make sure that we concentrate on the switch balls and the balls they try and get into the box. We’ve got to be ready for that kind of play, their quick free kicks are also something we have to watch out for.”

So we’ve got to look out for a few things but we as a team have got to be bright and make sure we’re on top of our game and start the match well.

Burton Albion v Southend United – Head to head:

Burton Albion won: 7
Drawn: 3
Southend United won: 6

Burton Albion v Southend United – Last five meetings (all competitions):

March 18, 2015 – League Two
Burton Albion 2-1 Southend United

October 3, 2015 – League One
Burton Albion 1-0 Southend United

February 22, 2016 – League One
Southend United 3-1 Burton Albion

October 2, 2018 – League One
Burton Albion 1-2 Southend United

April 22, 2019 – League One
Southend United 3-2 Burton Albion

Jeevesie’s prediction: Burton Albion 3-0 Southend United

Brian Jeeves