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Southend United's Dave Penney: This could be toughest team to pick so far this season
SOUTHEND United’s assistant manager Dave Penney believes the starting line-up for tonight’s clash with Fleetwood Town could be the toughest to select so far this season.
The Shrimpers have centre-back Luke Prosser available again after he completed a one match suspension for accumulating five yellow cards.
And both Freddy Eastwood and Jack Payne impressed coming off the bench at Burton Albion last weekend.
Blues therefore have plenty of options in all areas of the pitch but that pleases Penney who is glad to see such competition for places.
“This could possibly be the toughest team to select so far but that has to be a good thing,” said Penney.
“This time last week we only had one centre-back but now we have three to pick from back there.
“Jack and Freddy also influenced the game when they came on at Burton last weekend and there were some good performances in the match we had with Crystal Palace in the week as well.
“There’s certainly plenty to be thinking about but we’ve had a couple of good league wins in a row and we want to keep it going.”
Southend will be without centre-back Adam Thompson this evening after he injured his calf while training with Northern Ireland’s under 21 squad late last week.
The defender, who is on loan Watford, is due to have a scan on the injury which will determine the length of his absence.
But, whoever gets selected in his absence will be in for a difficult evening, according to Penney.
“Fleetwood are in their second season in the league and they’ve made a really good start,” said the former Doncaster Rovers boss.
“They have a big budget and they’re going for it so we know we’re in for a test.
“We’re looking forward to that though and we’ve had some good results against the top teams already this season so hopefully we can do the same tonight.”
Southend are still without defender Julian Bennett (cruciate ligaments) and midfielder Marc Laird (hamstring).