SOUTHEND United manager Phil Brown has made three changes to his starting line-up for tonight’s clash at Bristol Rovers with Lee Barnard, Michael Timlin and Will Atkinson coming in to the side.

Timlin and Atkinson return in midfield with Conor Clifford dropping down on to the bench and Marc Laird dropping out of the squad altogether.

The final alteration sees Barnard coming in for Anthony Straker however Blues are still expected to line up in a 4-3-3 formation.

New loan signing Jamar Loza has been named among the substitutes.

Southend United: Bentley, White, Sokolik, Egan, Coker, Leonard, Atkinson, Timlin, Hurst, Eastwood, Barnard

Subs: P Smith, Prosser, Loza, Straker, Clifford, Payne & Gomis