Southend vs Bury Match preview

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Bury’s campaign continues with a trip to mid table Southend. On the back of some patchy form, the Shakers desperately need to put a run of consistent results and performances together, in order to start climbing the league table.

There is hope that summer signing, Jay O’Shea may be able to come into the starting side following his return from a knee injury picked up in early August. He has featured off the bench in the last two games, scoring the third goal against Bradford last weekend and will hopefully be ready for Saturday.

Danny Mayor could be fit enough for a place on the bench following his injury hell, that has kept him out for ten months. However, Chris Humphrey joins the injury list already including Nathan Cameron, Craig Jones, and Joe Skarz who all won’t make the trip this weekend.

Southend could be boosted by the return of winger Michael Kightly who has missed the past month with a hamstring injury. Captain Anton Ferdinand also looks set to return following the conclusion of his two-game ban, while long term injury concerns Rob Kiernan and Ben Coker both miss out.

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Bury go into the game on the back of a mixed bag of results with brilliant results against Oxford (3-0) and Bradford (3-1) being let down by poor results at the likes of MK Dons (2-0) and Blackpool (2-1). However, the performances have improved dramatically, and the Shakers should go into this game with a lot of confidence.

Southend haven’t won in their last three games and have started slipping down the table as a result, Southend must be looking at this as a must win game if they harbour any aspirations of finishing in the Play offs come may.

Following an improvement in performances and in turn an improvement in results, Bury go into this game with a real chance of picking up a positive result. With players returning from injury, and the team seemingly starting to sing from the same hymn sheet, it’s about time Bury kicked on and started to move away from the relegation zone.