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The Opposition Guide: Southend United

20 November 2015

A Look At Tomorrow's Opponents

Blackpool face Southend United in league action for the first time since 2006 tomorrow.

Ahead of the trip to Roots Hall, we take a closer look at the opposition.

THE MANAGER

Former Blackpool defender Phil Brown guided Southend United to promotion via the play-offs last season, having first joined the club in March 2013.

The 56-year-old, who worked with Neil McDonald on the coaching staff at Bolton Wanderers, replaced Paul Sturrock at Roots Hall.

Brown previously managed Derby County, Preston North End and Hull City, with his spell in charge of the latter being his most successful to date as he reached the Premier League.

CURRENT FORM

Southend endured a tough start to life in League One, waiting until September for their first victory.

However, four wins in that month and a further two in October helped the side climb up the table.

The Shrimpers are currently without a win in four league fixtures, but have picked up a point apiece from their most recent three.

Southend now find themselves 11th in the table on 24 points from 17 games.  

KEY MAN

Voted Southend United’s Player of the Year last season, goalkeeper Dan Bentley has attracted plenty of attention for his performances between the sticks.

The 22-year-old, who was also named in the League Two Team of the Year for 2014/15, was the subject of a bid from QPR in the summer.

Last season he broke a club record with 12 consecutive home clean sheets and was the club’s promotion hero in a play-off penalty shoot-out at Wembley.

The shot-stopper has made 21 appearances in the current campaign and made a total of 53 saves.

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