The Clarets take on Southend at Roots Hall tonight desperate to win for the first time in 16 matches. The team will go into this match fresh after a break on Saturday due to the postponed Plymouth game. Southend however will have been buoyed by their Saturday result coming away with three points from their local derby at Ipswich. The Clarets seem to have had the knack recently of playing teams just as they hit a bit of form and even lowly Southend appear to have now jumped on that bandwagon. They will be eager to get out of the bottom three on the back of their away win and could see ourselves and Leeds in their next match as potentially easy targets. This could be a very difficult match for the Clarets and its important we get something from the game. A win at Roots Hall could be just the kick start we need to face Preston away in our next match on Saturday with some confidence.
Steve Cotterill Says:
“I think Southend are a good footballing team. We certainly won’t underestimate going down there. We won’t take any notice of the league table and we know it’s a tough game,”
“If we can carry on like we have done for the last few weeks then there’s no reason why we can’t get a result. We are showing signs of definitely coming out of this run and hopefully we can continue.”
Southend Team News:
Left-back Steven Hammell has been out for three weeks with a groin injury but looks set to return. Southend also have a new loan winger having signed Lloyd Sam from Charlton till season-end. He is likely to be on the bench. Richie Foran also returns after suspension but it is thought Southend will name the same starting eleven as per their last match against Ipswich
Player to watch: Freddy Eastwood
Always a threat and we will need to keep him tamed.
Burnley Team News:
Wayne Thomas is still recovering from knee cartilage surgery so wont feature in this match.
Alan Mahon still looks doubtful with a hamstring problem.
Kyle Lafferty however returns from a one-match ban after picking up five yellows and will probably be named on the bench.
It will be interesting to see if Harley continues to play just ahead of McCann again in a more attacking role
The team line up is likely to be something similar to the following:
Coyne, Harley, McGreal, Caldwell, Duff, Elliott, Gudjonsson, J O’Connor, McCann, Gray, Akinbiyi.
Subs: Foster, G O’Connor, Jones, Lafferty, Djemba-Djemba
Player to watch: Ade Akinbiyi
Scored his first league goal for the Clarets in his second spell with the club against Palace in our last match. All Clarets fans will now hope Ade is back to form after some distinctly underpar performances since re-joining the club in January
Last Time We Met!
Southend to their credit came to the Turf last October having done their homework and deserved their away point in the 0-0 draw.
The Clarets are currently 18th with 41 points from 35 matches. Crucially they have two games in hand over most of the clubs below them and a far superior goal difference. Southend are currently second from bottom with 35 points from 37 games.
Although it wouldnt be a disaster if we lost,a win and an eight-nine point cushion over the bottom clubs would settle the jarred nerves of the Clarets fans.
This will not be an easy match but we have to win sometime and we could just steal this one based on current improvements in form.
Southend 0-1 Clarets
Preston at Deepdale Saturday 17th March 2007-PLEASE NOTE 1PM KO