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PREVIEW: TOWN V SOUTHEND UNITED

1 January 2017

Town will be looking to open the New Year with a bang when they host Southend United at The County Ground on Monday (3pm Kick-Off).


Bank Holiday football comes to SN1 tomorrow and Luke Williams’ side will be keen to get back to winning ways after suffering a 3-2 defeat away at MK Dons on Friday evening.


Southend fared a bit better on New Year’s Eve having played out a 1-1 draw with Charlton Athletic at Roots Hall with former Robins' striker Simon Cox on the scoresheet yet again for the Blues.


These two sides have already played one another this season with a Jon Obika goal securing a share of the spoils for the Robins back in November after Will Atkinson had fired the Shrimpers into the lead.


STAT ATTACK:


Town and Southend have locked horns on 129 occasions and the Reds are able to boast the better head-to-head record with 60 wins to their name, compared to the Blues’ 42 victories.


FULL RECORD V SOUTHEND UNITED:


P129 W60 D27 L42 F228 A174


TICKET NEWS:


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FORM GUIDE (LAST SIX GAMES IN ALL COMPETITIONS):


TOWN - WLLDLL


SOUTHEND UNITED - DDWWWD


TOP SCORERS:


TOWN - Luke Norris (4)


SOUTHEND UNITED - Anthony Wordsworth/Stephen McLaughlin/Simon Cox (7)


TEAM NEWS:


TOWN - Both Jon Obika and James Brophy returned to action against MK Dons on Friday and are likely to be involved tomorrow.


Nathan Thompson hobbled off against the Dons but his injury isn’t expected to be serious and he could well feature against Southend.


However, Yaser Kasim is likely to miss out with a swollen ankle for the second successive game and Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill will be assessed prior to kick-off.


SOUTHEND UNITED - The Shrimpers were handed a hefty blow during their 1-1 draw with Charlton Athletic on New Year’s Eve after star winger Stephen McLaughlin suffered ankle ligament damage.


He will miss out for the Blues tomorrow while striker Marc-Antoine Fortune has recently put pen to paper on a new deal.


A WORD FROM THE TOWN CAMP:


Luke Williams, Swindon Town Head Coach: “Southend are a strong side but they are by no means unbeatable – there is a chance there for us to get something out of the game.


“We can’t take anything for granted because they are a very good side.


“We’ve got to be on top form and we must go into the game confident that we can get something.”


OFFICIALS:


Referee - Kevin Johnson


Assistants - Wayne Barratt & Louis Marks


Fourth Official - Ravel Cheosiaua


PLAYED FOR BOTH:


Elliot Benyon, Miguel Comminges, Barry Corr, Steve Mildenhall, Jacob Murphy, Hal Robson-Kanu, Billy Paynter, Nile Ranger, Michael Timlin, Alex Revell, Sofiene Zaaboub, Alan McCormack, Rhys Evans, Paul Benson, Simon Cox, Blair Sturrock, Craig Easton, Sean Morrison.


FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE:


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


in the wake of the game. www.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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