Southend v Plymouth preview

Date published: Friday 2nd August 2013 11:42

Southend manager Phil Brown could hand debuts to all four of his summer signings for the visit of the Pilgrims.

New club captain John White is expected to take his place in defence following his summer move from Colchester.

Fellow defender Ben Coker is also likely to feature while midfielder Will Atkinson will also be hoping for inclusion.

Former Aldershot man Craig Reid could start in attack after agreeing a one-year deal on Thursday.

Plymouth boss John Sheridan will be without suspended defender Maxime Blanchard for the season opener.

The 26-year-old was sent off for a professional foul on the final day of last season and will miss the first two games of the 2013/14 campaign.

Sheridan has a wealth of forwards to choose from, with new boys Lewis Alessandra, Marvin Morgan and Reuben Reid all in contention to face the Shrimpers.

Summer signings Luke McCormick, Dominic Blizzard and Rommy Boco could play some part.

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Southend v Plymouth preview

Date published: Monday 18th March 2013 3:53

The hosts will hand late fitness tests to at least four players as they look to keep their play-off aspirations alive.

Shrimpers manager Paul Sturrock is refusing to reveal the identities of the quartet concerned but all four are doubts having been involved in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Torquay.

Defender Ryan Cresswell is another who will be assessed as late as possible having missed out altogether at the weekend with a calf injury, while Luke Prosser serves the second game of his two-match suspension and Mark Phillips (broken toe) and Chris Barker (Achilles) are nowhere near returning.

However, striker Barry Corr is expected to be available having missed out against the Gulls due to illness.

Midfielder Matthew Lund played the final game of his current loan spell at the weekend but Sturrock is confident of extending his stay from Stoke.

Plymouth centre-back Anthony Charles is set to be included in the squad after he missed the last two matches with a groin injury but he looks likely to be involved for John Sheridan’s strugglers.

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin has returned to full training having been ruled out since early February with a hamstring injury and is likely to take his place on the bench again after Jake Cole’s eye-catching display against the Cod Army.

Sheridan revealed this week that he wants to add to his attacking options but he is unlikely to be able to do that before the trip to Roots Hall.

Plymouth make the trip having lost just one of their last five league games.

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Southend v Plymouth preview

Date published: Friday 16th September 2011 12:12

The Shrimpers lose Bilel Mohsni to suspension for the home fixture but welcome back Liam Dickinson from his ban.

Mohsni, a defender turned attacker due to United’s depleted ranks in the final third, was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence in Tuesday’s 1-0 victory over Gillingham and now misses one match.

However, his loss is countered by the return of striker Dickinson, who has now completed a three-game suspension.

Neil Harris will be assessed on Friday as he bids to make his comeback from a groin injury, meaning manager Paul Sturrock may have a welcome selection dilemma to make in attack against former employers Argyle.

Lee Sawyer (thigh) is not yet ready to return, neither is Barry Corr despite edging closer to full fitness following his long-term knee injury.

Rookie defender Ladjie Soukouna is available for the Pilgrims’ away match after serving his suspension.

Soukouna picked up a one-match ban for his dismissal for two yellow cards against Port Vale last weekend.

On-loan Gilligham centre-back Simon King is fighting to be fit after missing the midweek defeat to Barnet with a hip-flexor injury.

But another borrowed player, midfielder Jamie Griffiths, is likely to start after impressing on his full debut on Tuesday night.

Manager Peter Reid wants his team to stop gifting the opposition easy goals.

“We’ve got to get from somewhere a will to not to concede. We are conceding too easily,” Reid said.

“It’s driving me crackers, it must be driving the players crackers and it must be driving the supporters crackers.”

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