Full of confidence after their impressive win against high-flying Coventry, Tranmere aim to make it two wins on the bounce as Southend make the long trip north.


Rovers’ trip to Birmingham looked doomed right from the get go. After two losses on the spin against Shrewsbury and unbeaten Ipswich, a difficult Sunday lunchtime live on Sky Sports looked to be on the horizon.

However, a Micky Mellon tactical masterclass matched with a Blakett-Taylor wondergoal saw the Super Whites leave the Midlands with all three points, moving Rovers up to 18th.

That could have been the confidence boost Rovers needed. With just three wins all season, Tranmere find themselves at the wrong end of the table. However, it is still early days and with positive results against Coventry, Peterborough and Rotherham already this campaign, Rovers look to be adapting to life in the third tier pretty quickly.


After it was confirmed that former Celtic striker, Henrick Larsson, would not be taking over as manager during the week, it looks like caretaker boss, Gary Waddock, will remain in charge for Southend’s trip to Prenton Park.

The warning signs were already there from the end of last season as the Shrimpers only survived the drop on goal difference. Unfortunately for Waddock, things don’t seem to be turning around in a hurry.

After recent losses coming against Gillingham and relegation neighbours, Wimbledon, Southend find themselves seven points adrift from safety, with only one win from their opening 12 games.

However, with this, comes an opportunity for Micky Mellon and his side to climb up that league one ladder and in the process, score some goals. The Shrimpers currently have the worst defence in the league, shipping 32 goals in 12 games, which gives a good opportunity for Stefan Payne and Paul Mullin to add to their tally.

One to watch 

Corey Blackett-Taylor 

With his fast feet and electrifying pace, Corey Blackett-Taylor looks to grab his opportunity and never let go. After turning Aston Villa Under-21s inside out in the Leasing.com trophy, Blackett-Taylor snatched at his chance to impress last weekend with an unbelievable left-footed strike to sink Coventry. This young winger has all the attributes to establish himself as one of the best wide-men in the league and is definitely someone to keep your eye on.

Tranmere host Southend tonight at Prenton Park, and are hoping to make it six points from six this evening under the lights. Kick off 19.45.