Two defeats in early December looked like disrupting Paul Sturrock’s men’s season as they had previously gone 13 games unbeaten, but this has now been forgotten as 2nd in the league Southend are back on track to gain automatic promotion from league 2.
2 convincing wins and a draw since the defeats put Sturrock’s men 6 points ahead of 4th place and a cushion as the Shrimpers aim for the top 3. This weekend they take on lowly Northampton Town, who are currently in the bottom 2 and in serious danger of dropping out of the league.
Just 1 win in 16 for the Cobblers and only 3 draws in that time too, shows how desperate things have got and unless things change soon, it is going to be a real battle at the wrong end of the table.
Southend also have the best away record in the league with 8 victories, they also love scoring goals on their travels too, every away victory they have scored at least twice in the game.
The Cobblers recently appointed Aidy Boothroyd as a successor to Gary Johnson, but as yet hasn’t had the desired effect to get Town out of trouble. Town will struggle to get anything out of the game against high flying United, as The Shrimper’s should add another nail into the hard season the Cobblers are having.