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Southend United manager Paul Sturrock may freshen team for game at Wycombe Wanderers
PAUL Sturrock is contemplating freshening up his starting line-up when Southend United head to Wycombe Wanderers tomorrow.
Blues worked their way past Leyton Orient in the southern section final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on Wednesday night.
But that may lead to Sturrock having to change around his team.
“With the game being on the Wednesday rather than a Tuesday it’s given me something to think about when it comes to my team selection,” said the Scotsman.
“Mark Phillips did well to last the full 90 minutes the other night but he’s unlikely to play tomorrow and we will have to check on the other players who have knocks.
“Can they play twice in four days after being out injured or should we change things around.
“I’m certainly thinking about freshening things up but I haven’t completely made my mind up yet.”
Blues look certain to make at least two changes to the team with Ryan Cresswell available again at the heart of the defence after serving a three match suspension for a red card at Accrington Stanley.
Midfielder Mickey Spillane is also back in contention after being cup tied for the midweek match against Leyton Orient.
And Sturrock expects Wycombe to be very tough to beat.
“The new manager (Gareth Ainsworth) has done very well since going in there and they had been on a terrific run of form until losing their last two games,” said Sturrock.
“They won a lot of games in a row and have some good players so I would expect them to have a good end the season and be difficult for us to play against.”
Despite that, Sturrock has his sights set on picking up a positive result and improving his side’s recent league form after they picked up just one point out of the last nine on offer.
“We need to get back on the rails in the league again,” said Sturrock.
“We can’t get carried away by the euphoria of the other night and before that we had been disappointed by our league results.
“I was gutted we didn’t get more from the home games with Cheltenham and Northampton but the body count certainly didn’t help.
“Hopefully that’s getting better now though and we can start to kick on again, starting with tomorrow.”