SOUTHEND United manager Sol Campbell may look to rotate his starting line-up at in-form Peterborough United tonight.

A depleted Shrimpers squad face six games in the space of just 22 days.

And Campbell hinted he may look to make changes, where possible, for this evening’s encounter at London Road.

“We’ve got to be conscious of the number of games we have and you can’t expect an 18-year-old or a 16-year-old to do it week in, week out, Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday,” said Campbell.

“We have to manage that properly and will have to rotate the academy to get through these games.

“They will be rotated and we will try to draw on the more experienced players to get the youngsters through this period.”

Blues head to Peterborough on the back of Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Blackpool.

But Campbell is keen to produce an organised display against promotion pushing Posh who have won their last five games.

“We have to set ourselves up properly and go from there,” said Campbell.

“You’ve got to be set and mentally ready as well “You can draw strength from your starting positions all over the pitch.

“They’re on a roll but we have to give it our best and go for it.

“We can’t do anything more than that and I’m confident in the lads.

“We can compete now and we don’t fall apart.

“It’s good for me to see and it’s good for them to feel that too.

“We are definitely better now.”

But Blues remain second from bottom in the League One standings, 12 points from safety.

And Campbell is keen to close that gap by springing a surprise against Peterborough.

“We’ll go there and give it a go,” said Campbell.”

“Peterborough have a big budget and they can go out and sign big players too. It helps when you can sign big players and offload big players but football is a leveller and that’s what I like about it.”

The Shrimpers remain keen to add to their squad and are still in talks with ex Macclesfield Town duo Theo Vassell and Emmanuel Osadebe. But Campbell was unable to provide an update.

“The main thing is to talk to Ron (Martin),” said Campbell.

“He will be the man who decides when that happens.