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Match Preview: Southend United

8 March 2021

Tranmere Rovers face the long trip to Essex on Tuesday night to take on Southend United at Roots Hall in a 7pm kick off.

Rovers will be looking to respond from Saturday’s defeat to Crawley at Prenton Park having previously won the last three before that. Keith Hill’s men are 5th in Sky Bet League Two having won three, drawn two and lost two of their last six outings.

Southend United, managed by Mark Moseley, picked up a battling point on Tuesday night away to Oldham Athletic. The Shrimpers currently occupy the 23rd spot in the division with a record of two defeats, three draws and one win in their last six games.

Team news 

Otis Khan is still recovering from his hamstring problem whilst James Vaughan is set to have surgery on his knee injury picked up away at Leyton Orient, no timescale has yet been given for his return.

Match officials

Referee: Tim Robinson

Assistant Referees: Nigel Lugg and Robert Hyde

Fourth Official: George Byrne

One to watch 

Midfielder, Nathan Ferguson

Ferguson joined The Shrimpers in January this year for an undisclosed fee from Crawley Town. Since then, the commanding midfielder has left his imprint at the heart of the Southend team.

The 25 year old had an indifferent start to his career and never really found a Club to get consistent appearances for after coming through the youth ranks of Norwich City.

He played for 12 clubs between 2013-17 with the most amount of outings coming for Grays Athletic where he played 25 times.

In 2017 he settled at Dulwich Hamlet where he helped the club secure promotion to the National League South whilst playing 81 times in two seasons.

Crawley Town were quick to snap up the midfielder in 2019 on a three year deal which is where he would make his professional debut. 

So far for Southend in the short time he has been there, he has scored twice in eight games and both have come from long range including a goal against Forest Green from all of 45 yards.

Match coverage

The game will be streamed live on iFollow and match passes are on sale for just £10. CLICK HERE to get your match pass.

The TRFC radio team of Phill Wilkinson and Rob Edwards will be in place at Roots Hall to provide live updates on proceedings. 

Please note season ticket holders do not automatically receive away games on their iFollow accounts and will have to pay for this fixture.

Alternatively, you can follow the action through our social media channels below, with full text coverage during the fixture, followed by a match report. 

Twitter: @tranmererovers 

Facebook: @trfcofficial 

Instagram: @tranmererovers 


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