Southend fan preview – SUFC Fans

As Rovers prepare to take on Southend United tomorrow, RoversChat talks to SUFC Fans (SUFC_fans on Twitter) about the opening encounter.

Southend players

What do you make of your team's transfer window so far?

"So far so good, the 3 players we've brought in have been excellent, 2 of which our fans would never have imagined we'd be able to sign. We've also, so far, just about managed to keep hold of our Player Of The Year, Ryan Leonard, who is an absolutely vital part of our squad. The pick of the bunch of our summer signings is definitely Michael Kightly who we actually released some 12 years ago. Stephen Hendrie was our first signing of the window (Blackburn fans will know about him) and we were really pleased about that because when we had him on loan from West Ham a couple of seasons ago, he was class. Michael Turner from Norwich is also a great capture. It's been an excellent window for us and we don't appear to be finished quite yet."

What do you think of Blackburn Rovers' summer deals? 

"Bradley Dack is a very impressive signing. When he's in form he's one of the best midfielders in the league so I think he's a great addition to an already strong Rovers side. Bringing in Peter Whittingham as well I think is a great move; a proven midfielder with a lot of experience in the higher leagues. So far I think Blackburn have done well to keep hold of Charlie Mulgrew; as a former Southend player I know what he's all about, I really rate him and think he's an excellent player at this level."

What is your team's player to watch and why?

"Obviously we haven't seen too much of him yet as we only signed him in this transfer window but Michael Kightly should cause defenders a lot of problems and his Premier League experience will be very valuable to us. He's proven that he can perform well at a higher level so I think the opposition will have a job in keeping him quiet. Simon Cox too is another one, he had a quiet start to the season last time round but ended the season on 16 goals so if he's firing from the very start this time, he'll pose a big threat."

How do you see your season going?

"I'd like to think that we can achieve the play-offs this year. Our aim is to go at least that one step further from last year, where we finished 1 point outside the play-offs and with a stronger team this time round, we'll definitely be looking to get out of the league. There's a lot of good sides in the league this season though so I think it'll be a tougher division than last time but I think we can do well. As long as we have a good start this year, unlike last season, we should be there or there abouts."

How do you think the game will go?

"It'll be a very difficult game, potentially the toughest of the season. I tip Blackburn to be challenging for the league title so I'm certainly not expecting us to go out and control the game. However, the start of the season sometimes throws up strange results so it could go either way but I think if we stick to our game plan and play the way that we know we can, we can secure a good result. "

Score prediction?

A draw, let's go with 2-2.

RoversChat would like to thank SUFC Fans for taking time out to participate in our interview. Their Twitter can be found here.

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