Friday 8 September 2017

Shrimpers boss hopes to sign Josh Wright

Beset by injury problems, Southend United boss Phil Brown (at 58 the oldest manager in League One) hopes to sign former Addick Josh Wright in time for tomorrow's game at The Valley. Wright was released by Gillingham after playing four games for them: Former Addick

Southend 'bad boy' Nile Ranger has a double task tomorrow: beating the Addicks and beating his curfew. He has to be back in his drum in Tottenham by 7 p.m. to comply with the terms of his release from prison last month, and Phil Brown thinks it will be a challenge given the state of the London traffic: Beating the curfew

Southend are currently 15th in the table, having drawn one match and lost one away from home. Charlton are top of the form table and the Shrimpers are mid-table. Last Saturday they drew 0-0 at home with 10-man Rochdale. Keith Hill complained that Brown had influenced the referee by having a 'touchline cuddle' with him. Brown said that with the defensive crisis at the club, he was pleased to keep a clean sheet.

Last season they finished 7th and are forecast to take 10th place by Four Four Two. The fan interviewed by them forecasts a finish in the play offs.

No definite news has been heard recently of a planned move to a new stadium at Fossetts Farm, much needed as Roots Hall is literally falling apart.

The CAS Trust preview suggests that expectations level at The Valley tomorrow will be at their highest for three years: Great expectations. Let's hope they are not disappointed, although I am as confident as I can be of a win. Nothing is ever certain at Charlton: I remember a shock 0-3 evening defeat at home to Southend when both clubs were in what was then Division One.

Odds are: Charlton 13/10, Draw 12/5, Southend 2/1. The referee in line for a touchline cuddle is Gavin Ward of Surrey.

Previous results at this level: 2009/10 Charlton 1 Southend 0; 2016/17 Charlton 2 Southend 1

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