Plymouth didn’t react well last Saturday afternoon when the team lost 2:0 away from home against Charlton. They didn’t actually play that poor, however the side paid the price of entering the game too slowly and have conceded two goals inside the early phase of the game.
Page scored in third and Zyro in seventeenth minute, while the guests tried more and more but the scoreline never changed. They made two early substitutes in second and were bit more concrete, but it wasn’t enough to revert the things around.
The side is now sharing the sixth and last play-off position together with Peterborough, meaning that they are in a must win situation in this one.
Plymouth should be playing in 4-3-3 formation with Lameiras, Taylor and Carey as forwards. Forward Simon Church (2/0) and defender Gary Miller (13/0) are both highly doubtful with their injury problems and probably won’t be risked. Midfielder Antoni Sarcevic (26/3) is injured too.
After three consecutive draws and four matches without a victory, players of Southend responded with much better performance last time out. On last Saturday’s afternoon, they managed to get a victory over Rotherham in front of own fans with a 2:0 result.
Players of Southend made a great start taking the lead in seventh minute with a goal from McLauglin while the guests tried more since then and looked decently well. However, as the final phase approached they risked more and more and it was easier for the hosts to find gaps and seal the victory via Cox in 79th minute.
With this victory Southend now stands safe enough for the moment, having ten points more than relegating Northampton but also just seven less below play-off zone placed Peterborough.
Guests are set to play in their usual 4-4-2 formation with Fortune and Cox as forwards. They should welcome back Jason Demetriou and Harry Kyprianou who were out on a international duty, while central defender Rob Kiernan (1/0) remains out injured.
~ Plymouth have won 9 of their last 10 home matches (League 1).
~ Plymouth have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 7 matches against Southend.
Southend are far away from a poor side and they look more than decent at times – however not in front of opponent’s fans. Plymouth seems to be much more stable at the moment and with far bigger chances to reach the promotional play-off phase.
Having that in mind, they should have bigger competitive motive and with the help of their own fans, should be able to record the victory easy or difficult.