SOUTHEND United manager Phil Brown has made five changes to his starting line-up for tonight’s clash at Coventry City.

Two of the alterations are enforced in the defence as John White comes in for Jason Demetriou who misses out with an ankle problem while Ryan Inniss replaces Adam Thompson who has a tight hamstring.

The fit-again Stephen McLaughlin has been recalled on the left flank in place of Michael Timlin, who has been rested, while Theo Robinson and Nile Ranger start in attack at the expense of an unwell Simon Cox and Marc-Antoine Fortune who has been selected among the substitutes.

Southend United: Smith, White, Inniss, Ferdinand, Coker, Atkinson, Leonard, Wordsworth, McLaughlin, Ranger, Robinson

Substitutes: Bishop, O’Neill, Mooney, Fortune, Amos, McGlashan & Nouble