Sky Bet League One side Southend United travel to 19th-placed Swindon Town tomorrow afternoon in an attempt to regain momentum in their push for the play-offs.

The Blues were left to rue missed chances as Andrew Crofts’ 89th minute equaliser stole a point for the Addicks after Simon Cox had put the home side ahead in the first half.

Phil Brown’s side are on an excellent run of form which sees the Blues undefeated in their last 13 League games. Town, however, are without a win in the League since 26 November meaning they have plummetted down the table.

Brown’s opponents tomorrow, meanwhile, will be looking to kick-start life in 2017 with a bang following their 3-2 defeat to MK Dons on Friday evening.

Speaking ahead of the game, Town striker Jon Obika spoke of the importance of getting a result tomorrow afternoon at The County Ground.

“It is tough because you want to win games and we need to go on a run. We always talk about following up a good performance but at the moment we aren’t doing that, so we need to improve on that,” he said.

“We bring a lot of intensity into training and we need to take that into matches now.

“You need the confidence to flow through the team and we’ll be looking to do that against Southend.

“We drew 1-1 away at Southend in November and it was a tough game. Our away form needs to be better but they are coming to The County Ground now and we have to get the three points.”

The Shrimpers will be without star winger Stephen McLaughlin who suffered ligament damage in the home tie with Charlton Athleitc on New Year’s Even. The Blues will be boosted, however, after Marc-Antoine Fortune recently signed a new deal.

Swindon have their own injury problems though, with Yaser Kasim (swollen ankle) and Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill doubts.


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