Southend pray for last-day salvation

By Ryan Gladwyn

Over 2,000 Black Cats will head down to Southend on Saturday for the final game of the season. Southend United must win to guarantee safety and Sunderland will want to secure three points to make the playoffs as easy as possible.

Southend fan Alex, 16, shared his thoughts on the importance of the clash: “I think it might be the biggest game since Wembley. We could lose key players if we go down.”

The last time these two teams met Sunderland came out on top with a 3-0 victory.

Chief sports reporter for Southend Echo, Chris Phillips, said: “all the statistics and form point towards a Sunderland win but it would be typical Southend if they went and won so fingers crossed that can happen”.

With Sunderland favourites, Southend will want to put out their best squad. Blues boss Kevin Bond is tempted to bring Stephen Humphrys back into the fray.

“Stephen isn’t fully fit but he does offer us something different”, he said earlier this week.

The two teams will kick off at Roots Hall this Saturday at 5:30pm.