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OPPOSITION GUIDE: SOUTHEND UNITED

2 November 2020

The Bantams return to Sky Bet League Two action with a 7.00pm visit of Southend United tomorrow evening.

Based in Essex, the Blues currently sit bottom of the league, picking up just two points and failing to record a victory in their opening 10 Sky Bet League Two games.

We have compiled an Opposition Guide, packed full of detailed information on tomorrow's visitors.

TRANSFER ACTIVITY

Southend United have spent the summer making eight new additions, with 11 players heading out of the exit door.

INS: Simeon Akinola (Barnet), Alan McCormack (Northampton Town), Kyle Taylor (Bournemouth, loan), Kazaiah Sterling (Tottenham Hotspur, loan), Shaun Hobson (Bournemouth), Ashley Nathaniel-George (Crawley Town), James Olayinka (Arsenal, loan), Jordan Green (Barnsley, loan).

OUTS: Harry Kyprianou (Bromley), Sam Mantom (Rushall), Stephen McLaughlin (Mansfield Town), Sam Barratt (Maidenhead), Theo Robinson (Port Vale), Joe Shaughnessy (St. Mirren), Mark Milligan (Macarthur), Stephen Humphrys (Rochdale), Isaac Hutchinson (Derby County), Charlie Kelman (QPR), Luke Hyam (released).

ONES TO WATCH

James Olayinka

On loan from Arsenal, James Olayinka has made four appearances since joining the Blues in October.

The midfielder was a regular for Arsenal’s under-23s side and was named on the bench in their 2020/21 Community Shield victory over Liverpool.

Alan McCormack

Experienced midfielder Alan McCormack has racked up over 483 professional appearances across England in Scotland, scoring 27 goals and registering 22 assists.

Now in his second stint with the Blues after joining from Northampton, the Irishman has made a combined 161 appearances for the club.

Jason Demitrou

32-year-old right back Jason Demitrou has been capped 51 times for his native Cyprus, scoring one goal.

Demitrou joined from Walsall in July 2016 - and has racked up a total of 147 appearances for the club - finding the back of the net 14 times.

THE CAPTAIN

Sheffield-born goalkeeper Mark Oxley has made 137 appearances for the Blues since joining in 2016, keeping 33 clean sheets.

The 30-year-old came through the youth ranks at Rotherham United before later permanent spells with Hull City and Hibernian.

THE MANAGER

39-year-old Mark Molesley was appointed as Southend United manager on August 13, penning a three-year deal with the club.

Molesley was previously in a managerial position with Weymouth - where he achieved promotion to the National League in the 2019/20 campaign - securing a win over Dartford in the play-off final.

LAST TIME OUT

The Blues fell to their fifth-successive defeat against Port Vale in Sky Bet League Two at Roots Hall.

Southend United 0

Port Vale 2 (Tom Pope 48’, 64’)

Sky Bet League Two

Saturday October 31

Southend: Oxley (c); Bwomono, Hobson, Olayinka, Dieng, Goodship (Acquah 72’), Egbri (Demetriou 68’), Clifford, Sterling, Lennon, K. Taylor (Nathaniel-George 65’). Subs (not used): Seaden, Phillips, R. Taylor, K. Coker. 


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