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MATCH PREVIEW: SOUTHEND UNITED V WIGAN ATHLETIC

27 November 2015

Read up on our history with Southend and their season so far.

  • Latics travel to Southend United in Sky Bet League One.
  • Southend unbeaten in five league games and currently sit eighth.
  • Latics looking to bounce back after 11-game unbeaten run ended by Burton Albion.

Southend United v Wigan Athletic
Saturday 28 November 2015
Sky Bet League One
Roots Hall
Kick off 3.00pm


PREVIEW

Latics head to Southend United this weekend, looking to bounce back from their first home Sky Bet League One defeat of the season to Burton Albion on Tuesday, with the Shrimpers fresh off the back of a 5-2 away victory against Oldham Athletic.

Gary Caldwell's side currently sit fifth in the table and only five points from top spot, whilst Phil Brown's Southend lie eighth, three points behind Latics.

In his pre-match interview with southendunited.co.uk, Brown said he's hoping to cap off 'the perfect' week on Saturday, after his side also won 1-0 against Blackpool last weekend.

Gary on the other hand says 'it's all about how we bounce back' following Tuesday's loss at the DW Stadium.

TEAM NEWS

Keeping his cards close to his chest, Gary told Latics PlayerHD that he has positions in mind to change, but has no fresh injury concerns.  Kevin McNaughton remains a longer-term absentee with a knee injury.

Southend will be without David Worrall, who picked up a head injury against Oldham midweek, whilst Michael Timlin could make a return, with Joe Pigott and Luke Prosser declaring themselves available.

SOUTHEND IN 2015/16 SO FAR

Position: 8th
Last six (League): LDDDWW
Biggest win: 5-2 (A) v Oldham Athletic
Biggest defeat: 0-3 (A) v Chesterfield

The Shrimpers found it difficult to adjust to life back in Sky Bet League One following promotion via the play-offs from League Two, remaining winless in their opening five matches of the campaign, as well as an early Capital One Cup exit at home to Brighton & Hove Albion.

By early September Brown's squad started to gel together, recording their first victory of the season on 5 September with a 2-1 victory over Peterborough United, summer recruit Noel Hunt scoring what turned out to be the winning goal.



Noel Hunt celebrates his winning goal against Peterborough.

Hunt arrived at Roots Hall from Ipswich Town alongside Anthony Wordsworth and fellow summer additions; David Mooney (Leyton Orient), Stephen McLaughlin (Nottingham Forest) as well as loanees Luke O'Neill (Burnley), Joe Pigott (Charlton Athletic) and Glen Rea (Brighton).

After their victory over the Posh, Southend slipped up again seven days later, but went on to record three straight victories over Millwall (2-0, away), Scunthorpe United (2-1, home) and Crewe Alexandra (2-1, away), to move up into 10th place, having started September in 20th.

October began with narrow 1-0 defeat away to then leaders Burton Albion, before progress in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy thanks to a 3-0 away win at Crawley Town.

Back-to-back league victories over Port Vale (1-0, home) and Barnsley (2-1, home) helped to continue Southend's push towards the play-off places, before suffering the biggest defeat of the season 3-0 away to Chesterfield on 20 October.

Following the defeat at the Proact Stadium, Southend are now on a five-game unbeaten run in the league, following three straight draws against Gillingham (1-1, away), Rochdale (2-2, home) and Sheffield United (2-2, away), before their recent back-to-back victories over Blackpool (1-0, home) and Oldham (5-2, away).

Away from the league, Brown's side continued their progress in the JPT, with a 1-0 victory at home to Bristol Rovers setting up a Southern Semi-Final clash with Millwall, however a 2-1 defeat away to Scunthorpe saw them exit the Emirates FA Cup at the first hurdle.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

It's all square going into Saturday's game, with seven victories each from 14 meetings, all but the first two coming in the third tier of the Football League.

Latics and Southend first met on 20 October 1980, with the Shrimpers winning 1-0 at Roots Hall thanks to a goal from Tony Hadley.  It was a season which saw Southend complete the double over Latics, winning the first meeting at Springfield Park 1-0, courtesy of a Steve McAdam own goal.

Our first victory over Southend came two season later, Eamonn O'Keefe grabbing a hat-trick alongside a goal from Peter Houghton as Latics won 4-0 at Springfield Park on 9 October 1982.

The most recent meetings came in the 1997-98 campaign, both in the form of defeats for Latics.  Jeroen Boere's goal was the difference in the away fixture, a 1-0 loss on 8 November 1997, before Andy Thomson, Andy Rammell and David Whyte all scored at Springfield Park on 17 March 1998 in a 3-1 victory for Southend.  David Lowe on target for Latics.

Latics' best spell against the Shrimpers came in the late 80s and early 90s, recording four straight victories in pretty comprehensive fashion.

David Hamilton and John Butler were on target at Roots Hall in a 2-1 win on 28 October 1988, with the reverse fixture serving up a 3-0 victory at Springfield Park less than two months later on 10 December thanks to goals from David Thompson, Bryan Griffiths and Andy Holden.

Latics reacquainted themselves with Southend in the 1990-91 season and continued their winning run on 20 October 1990, with goals from Don Page, Phil Daley and Griffiths (2) in a 4-1 home victory.  The reverse in Essex saw Gary Worthington and Neill Rimmer on target in a 2-0 victory on 19 April 1991.

You can watch the highlights from our 1990 meeting courtesy of our official YouTube channel below:



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