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Match preview: Fleetwood Town v Southend United

22 September 2017

Fleetwood Town are aiming to bounce back from last weekend's defeat as they host Southend United at Highbury Stadium on Saturday (3pm).

Southend head north sitting 17th in Sky Bet League One after a 2-2 draw with Northampton last time out.

Tough Travels for the Shrimpers

Phil Brown’s men have found life on the road difficult this season, with just one point picked up from their away games so far, so visit the Fylde peninsula with a point to prove.

A 2-1 home win over Blackburn Rovers on the opening day is the Essex side’s only win so far, with away defeats at Rotherham, Charlton and Shrewsbury.

We’ve Met Before

There’s not been much to choose from between the two sides, who have met 8 times in all competitions.

There have been six draws, most recently last season when David Ball’s 90th minute equaliser cancelled out Anthony Wordsworth’s goal. In the return fixture in Essex, Chris Long and Ash Hunter both scored in a 2-0 away win.

Ones To Watch

Stalwart midfielder Anthony Wordsworth recently returned to the side after a spell out with injury and will pose a threat to Fleetwood on Saturday. A graduate from the Colchester United youth system, he made 177 appearances for the U’s in a six year spell, before a move to Ipswich Town. Loans to Rotherham United and Crawley Town followed, before he signed for the Roots Hall club in 2015.

Cyprus international Jason Demetriou is well loved amongst Welsh football fans for scoring the goal against Israel that helped Chris Coleman’s men on their way to Euro 2016, but he also plys his trade at the Essex club. Beginning his career with Leyton Orient, Demetriou also had spells in his homeland at AEK Larnaca and Anorthosis Famagusta, signing for Southend, via Walsall, in 2016. His goal last weekend helped Southend on their way to a 2-2 draw with Northampton.

French striker Marc Antoine Fortune has played for a host of Football League clubs in recent years, but is probably best known for his time at West Bromwich Albion and Celtic. Fortune began his career in home land at Angouleme, before appearing for Lille, Rouen, and Brest before two years in the Netherlands at Utrecht. AS Nancy was next for the striker, from who Celtic signed him. Fortune scored his first goal for Southend in October 2016 against Leyton Orient.


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