Southend United v Crawley Town preview: Reds look to stop the rot away at struggling Shrimpers
Crawley Town travel to Roots Hall on Saturday to face Southend United as they look to put their terrible performance against Oldham behind them.
The Reds were outclassed by Oldham and deserved to lose 4-1 in what was an extremely poor showing.
Southend are scrapping for survival and will be looking to secure a big three points against a team out of form.
With off the field struggles it always looked like it was going to be a difficult season for Southend following their relegation from League One last season.
Back-to-back relegations would be a killer for Southend and they’re in for a nail-biting end of the season.
Their record at home is woeful with just 16 points from their 20 home games, scoring just 13 times.
It’s the worst record in the league and needs improving quickly if they’re to avoid the drop.
Their recent form has improved from since the beginning of the season and although they haven’t been winning too many, they haven’t been too many losses either.
A man Crawley will know very well is Ashley Nathaniel-George.
His tricky feet and turn of pace could be something difficult for the Crawley defence to deal with
Another ex-Crawley player for Southend is Nathan Ferguson, who signed for Southend from Crawley in January.
The Reds should have a good idea how both these players operate and this may help keep them quiet throughout the game.
But Crawley need to focus on improving their own game to put an end to their poor form.