Date: 27th February 2015 at 9:08pm
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A run of defeats is something that Southend are looking to end on Saturday when we’re back at Roots Hall with struggling Carlisle United visiting. We lost our last home game against Accrington Stanley and also lost at Stevenage Borough last Saturday so we can’t afford, and aren’t going to want, another slip up.

If Daniel Bentley does prove his fitness to Phil Brown, who’s made it clear in no uncertain terms that he’s got to be one hundred percent if he’s going to play, he’ll be seeking that eighth cleansheet at Roots Hall in a row. If he’s not able to make it Ted Smith is favourite to fill in again. Once again it’s only long term absentee Mads Ibenfeldt that definitely misses out due to injury.

Carlisle have suspension keeping out Danny Grainger with Billy Paynter and Gary Dicker both unlikely to feature. Injuries keep out David Symington, for the season, and Mark Gillespie for the next month or more.

The chances are this game will end in a win one way or the other as Carlisle either win or lose, they rarely draw and they’ve lost the last three in a row. Now that I’ve said this it’ll no doubt be a draw, which would be an improvement on recent form but still not enough and we’ll be expecting more.

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