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PREVIEW: SOUTHEND UNITED V TOWN

22 November 2016

Town will be looking to bounce back and return to winning ways when they make the trip to Southend United tonight (7.45pm Kick-Off).


Luke Williams’ side were beaten 4-0 away at Rochdale on Saturday, while the Shrimpers ran out convincing 3-0 victors against high-flying Bradford City at home last time out.


Town did the double over Southend last season having recorded a narrow 1-0 win at Roots Hall in August 2015, before overturning a two-goal deficit to secure a 4-2 success at SN1 in January 2016.


STAT ATTACK:


Town and Southend have locked horns on 128 occasions with the Reds able to boast a better head-to-head record having come out on top 60 times, compared to the Shrimpers’ 42 victories.


FULL RECORD V SOUTHEND UNITED:


P128 W60 D26 L42 F227 A173


TICKET NEWS:


Town fans will be able to purchase tickets on the gate tonight but, please note, there will be a slight increase in price.


FORM GUIDE (LAST SIX GAMES IN ALL COMPETITIONS):


SOUTHEND UNITED - WDLLWW


TOWN - LDDWLL


TOP SCORERS:


SOUTHEND UNITED - Stephen McLaughlin (6)


TOWN - Michael Doughty/Nathan Delfouneso (3)


TEAM NEWS:


SOUTHEND UNITED - The Shrimpers are sweating on the fitness of striker Simon Cox, who picked up a knock during Southend’s 3-0 victory against Bradford City on Saturday. 


However, Ben Coker will miss out.


TOWN - Jon Obika came through his comeback against Rochdale at the weekend unscathed and should feature tonight. Yaser Kasim looks set to miss out again as will James Brophy and Nathan Thompson.


However, other than the above, Town have no fresh injury concerns heading into this evening’s encounter.


A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS:


Phil Brown, Southend United Manager: “Swindon are having a little bit of a hard time with the transition of a Director of Football but that’s their problem and not ours.


“The reason for another good performance will be if the players are focused and that’s my job to make sure that we’re tactically aware of what Swindon can do.


“If we can stifle them as equally well as we did against Bradford then I’ll be a happy man.”


Ross Embleton, Town First-Team Coach: “Southend have got a number of strengths. Having looked at them, they’ve had a slow start to the season but they’ve got some positive results of late.


“They’ve got a number of good players and the front players are a real threat.


“We know what we are going to come up against.”


OFFICIALS:


Referee - Darren Deadman


Assistants - Dan Cook & Darren Blunden


Fourth Official - Stuart Butler


PLAYED FOR BOTH:


Elliot Benyon, Miguel Comminges, Barry Corr, Kevin Dearden, Rhys Evans, Martin Ling, Alan McCormack, Tommy Mooney, Blair Sturrock, Cameron Belford, Craig Easton, Ross Maclaren, Sean Morrison, Chris Ramsey, Hal Robson-Kanu, Michael Timlin, Paul Benson, Steve Mildenhall, Billy Paynter, Sofiene Zaaboub.


FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE:


and Instagram pages.Facebook(@Official_STFC),Town fans will be able to keep up to date with all of tonight’s action across our Twitter


in the wake of the game. swindontownfc.co.ukSTFC Player HD subscribers will also be able to enjoy full uninterrupted commentary of the match whilst there will be a full report and plenty of reaction on


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