MATCHDAY: Southend United 0 Bury 0
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Southend United 0 Bury 0
88 - SUB - Young for Hussey.
85 - Egan header easy for Charles-Cook.
83 - RED - Corr (off the ball challenge on Veseli).
82 - YELLOW - Egan
77 - Barnard header at the far post is palmed away by Charles-Cook but he is flagged offside.
75 - SUB - Barnard on for Straker.
Attendance: 5,680 (181 visiting)
Fair play to the 181 Bury fans who have made the trip. I'm afraid they have not been well-rewarded so far though.
71 - Charles-Cook flicks a looping Hurst cross over the bar.
71 - Corr puts a powerful header wide of the near post.
66 – McNulty misses with a free header at the back post from a Hussey free-kick but he is flagged offside.
65 - YELLOW - Leonard
64 - Southend gifted a corner after defensive mix-up from Hussey. Platt heads it clear though.
63 - Platt heads wide.
58 - Corr fluffs a free-kick from 20 yards with his first touch.
58 - SUB - Platt on for Grimes.
57 - SUB - Corr on for Eastwood, Atkinson on for Clifford.
55 - Eastwood should have done better, firing high and wide on the turn after Straker worked a mis-kicked clearance from Charles-Cook back to the Southend striker on the six-yard box.
52 - YELLOW - Mills
Replacing Jensen with Charles-Cook as a tactical switch is a bold move. The 20-year-old makes his league debut with orders from Flickers to keep the ball in play and improve on Jensen's distribution following a number of long clearances into touch.
46 - SUB - Charles-Cook on for Jensen.
Southend United 0 Bury 0
43 - YELLOW - Hussey (handball)
32 - Dangerous Straker ball from the left flies across the Bury goal. It was begging for a touch.
33 - Kevan Hurst's low drive from the edge of the box had Jensen sprawling to his right, but it bobbles just wide.
23 - Tutte breaks the offside trap but his centre to Akpa Akpro is cut out and Mayor can not find a way through with his shot from the rebound.
19 – White pushes Akpa Akpro in the back but the nudge is missed by the referee as the Bury striker went to meet a Soares cross from the left. Hussey then drove a cross shot across goal from the opposite flank.
17 - Straker burst through the middle of the park but Mills clears the ball as he prepared to shoot on goal.
14 - Leonard has the first shot of the match, but the Southend midfielder was pole axed by McNulty for his troubles as his effort sliced high and wide.
No actual goalmouth action to talk about so far. Neither side look capable of getting the ball down and taking control of the game in the opening stages.
7 - Excellent covering tackle from Veseli to cut out a Straker cross to Eastwood.
Looks like Soares is going to start out wide and Sedge in the middle...
PS: Cringe worthy typo in the Southend programme today, with a big feature on Bury manager "Gary Flitcroft". Doh!
We've all done them though. As my granddad would say: "There before the grace of God."
There has been no confirmation from the club as yet on Anton Forrester's injury, picked up just six minutes after coming on as a substitute on Tuesday night.
The 20-year-old striker was due to undergo scans on possible knee ligament damage, but the results of those scans have not been released.
He is missing from today's matchday squad, but with Nardiello also out injured today Bury will be hoping his knee problem is not as serious as first thought.
Daniel Nardiello is one of four players missing from the side that started Tuesday night's 2-2 draw at home to Fleetwood Town.
The club's leading scorer picked up a muscle injury overstretching for a tackle during the second half, although the Bury officials have not confirmed the nature of the problem.
His strike partner, Clive Platt, has also dropped down to the bench, with Ashley Grimes and Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro coming into attack.
Jake Carroll has also lost his place in the starting line-up to debutant Chris Hussey, following the wing-back's arrival on loan from Burton Albion until the end of the season.
Tommy Miller has dropped out of the squad altogether, possibly due to a foot injury although the veteran midfielder is probably due a rest following an intense run of matches.
His place in the centre of midfield will be taken by fit-again Tom Soares.
SOUTHEND: Bentley; White, Sokolik, Egan, Coker; Laird, Leonard, Clifford; Hurst, Eastwood, Straker.
Subs: Smith, Prosser, Timlin, Corr, Atkinson, Payne, Barnard.
BURY: Jensen; Veseli, Mills, McNulty; Sedgwick, Soares, Tutte, Hussey; Mayor; Akpa Akpro, Grimes.
Subs: Hinds, Young, Platt, Carroll, Burke, Charles-Cook, Dudley.
Just waiting for the team line-ups here at a sunny Roots Hall where Bury will be looking to continue a run of form that has seen them lose just once in nine matches.
Southend, on the other hand, have not won in 10 league games but are clinging to the final play-off place, seventh in the League Two table.
Despite the comparitive form of the two teams, Roots Hall has not been a happy hunting ground for Bury down the years,
The Shakers have only won three matches at Southend in their history and once in the last 54 years.
That came in April, 2003, when goals from Michael Nelson and Lee Connell cancelled out an opener from Leon Cort in a 2-1 victory.
Recent encounters, though, have been tight.
Neither side has scored more than one goal – home or away - in the nine matches since Bury’s last win at Southend.
And the last four fixtures have ended in 1-1 draws, although the last meeting at Roots Hall ultimately ended in misery for Kevin Blackwell’s Shakers as they were dumped out of the FA Cup on penalties after their second-round replay ended in stalemate.
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