SOUTHEND United manager Paul Sturrock has made three changes to his starting line-up for this afternoon's clash against Bradford City at Roots Hall.

Goalkeeper Paul Smith has been handed a recall between the sticks in place of Daniel Bentley who performed heroics in the midweek FA Cup win over Bury.

Tamika Mkandawire is also back in midfield, in place of David Martin, while Britt Assombalonga returns in place of Barry Corr in attack.

Mkandawire and Assombalonga were both unable to play in the FA Cup due to the terms of their loan agreements.

Southend United: Smith, Clohessy, Cresswell, Prosser, Barker, Mkandawire, Hurst, Laird, Timlin, Tomlin, Assombalonga

Subs: Straker, Eastwood, Corr, Martin, Donnelly, Bentley & Leonard