Coventry vs Southend by Luke
Coventry is having pretty decent start in League One, after team barely escaped the relegation last season as they secured it last month of the competition. However, as said, they have started the new season in a posiitve way, since the team had three consecutive victories early in the season, prior to losing away to Walsall last weekend with a 2:1 result. They weren't outplayed in that one, actually the final score would have been much more fairer in case it was draw, but the visiting side conceded goals in the worst possible time, at the end of the first halftime via Forde in 40th and at the beginning of the second (Bradshaw in 52nd minute).
They did reduce the deficit in 56th minute thanks to a goal from Murphy, but that was all the visiting side was able to do. Despite the defeat, their coach Tom Mowbray has said that he is pleased with his' players performance in that one. Coming back to their own fans, the team surely wants to continue with the positive streak and are aiming another three pointer which would establish them in the safe zone. The team works especially well in attack, as they have scored eleven goals in first five official matches and surely will try to put up a dominant role from the start of the game. Right full back Jordan Willis and midfielder James Maddison are long term absentees for the hosts, both going to be missed for a couple of months at least.
Southend is nowhere close to their great form from the previous season when the team managed to get the promotion to League One, something that is rather expected as many newly promoted sides have problems in first months of playing in a level above. Most recently, they suffered narrow 0:1 defeat in front of own fans against Swindon on previous Saturday evening. Once again they were less than threatening, in quite a mediocre game from both sides.
Coach Phil Brown has said that he is pleased with the players' efforts and that he believes the team will start playing better, adding that it's just a matter of time. Out of four rounds, they have earned only two points with the attack remaining their biggest worry, only one goal scored till now. They are already in the relegation zone and really need a positive result, mostly in order to revert the atmosphere inside the locker-room. It's obvious that their quality isn't at the very best level, so the team was searching for reinforcements at the end of the transfer window and signed midfielder Stephen McLaughin from Nottingham Forest as he signed a three years deal while they also added central defender Glen Rea on loan from Brighton. Visitors can't count at defenders Adam Thompson and Cian Bolger, both having shoulder injuries.
Coventry will be looking to get back on a winning ways as they welcome newly promoted side that didn't impresss so far. Southend is still trying to adapt at playing on a higher level, but they are really looking far away from it, especially in offense as they have scored only one goal till now in five official matches. Hosts should prevail here easy or hard, while the odds give us real value.