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Roots Hall (ATT 7,736) 1st January 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Southend Southend United vs Portsmouth Portsmth

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Last Updated: 31/12/13 1:40pm

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Barry Corr: Could come back into Shrimpers side

Barry Corr: Could come back into Shrimpers side

Team news for Wednesday's League Two clash between Southend United and Portsmouth at Roots Hall.

Phil Brown will contemplate freshening up his Southend side for the visit of Portsmouth on New Year's Day.

The Shrimpers boss was disappointed with Sunday's 1-1 draw at Accrington and is sure to be considering changes for what is the Essex club's fourth game in 13 days.

The likes of Barry Corr, Freddy Eastwood, Marc Laid and Conor Clifford will be pushing for recalls, while no new injury or suspension concerns are expected.

Long-term absentee Julian Bennett (knee) remains on the sidelines as Southend, with just one defeat in their last 11, look to get back to winning ways.

Danny East is Portsmouth's latest injury worry ahead of the trip to Southend.

The defender, who only recently overcame a neck injury to return to the side, limped off towards the end of Sunday's goalless draw with Northampton and was replaced by Bondz N'Gala.

East is set to join Simon Ferry, Shaun Cooper (both hamstring), Andy Barcham (thigh) and Tom Craddock (knee) on the sidelines.

Goalkeeper Trevor Carson plays the last game of his current loan spell from Bury.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Burton Albion 44 88
2 Shrewsbury Town 44 86
3 Wycombe Wanderers 44 81
4 Bury 43 79
5 Southend United 43 78
6 Stevenage 44 69
7 Plymouth Argyle 44 65
8 Luton Town 44 65
9 Newport County AFC 44 62
10 Northampton Town 44 61
11 Exeter City 44 61
12 Morecambe 44 57
13 AFC Wimbledon 44 57
14 Dagenham & Redbridge 44 56
15 Oxford United 44 55
16 Portsmouth 44 53
17 Accrington Stanley 44 53
18 Cambridge United 44 51
19 York City 44 51
20 Carlisle United 44 49
21 Mansfield Town 44 48
22 Hartlepool United 44 41
23 Cheltenham Town 44 40
24 Tranmere Rovers 44 39