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07 April 2018 Venue Ewood Park Attendance

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Preview: Blues must learn from Plymouth defeat says Powell

Ahead of the trip to Ewood Park, Chris Powell addressed the press and spoke about how his side need to approach the game.

5 April 2018

Southend boss Chris Powell wants his team to be clever and manage their moments in Saturday’s game against the Sky Bet League One leaders.

Blues travel to Blackburn Rovers having played out two 4-0 games in the last two - a defeat away at Plymouth followed by an enthralling win against Gillingham on Monday.

And Powell says his side have to take their chances when they come.

“We’re on a high from the Gillingham game, but we’re away from home.

“The onus will be on them and we can’t be too open. We’ve got to make sure that we have a real disciplined performance from the team, from units, from individuals and we’ve got to be quite patient.

“It’s a learning process for us because we went to Plymouth and I wanted us to attack them, but maybe we were too open.

“I’ve got to look at different things at how I can get the best out of my group and pick the right times when we’re open and when we’re not.

“We’ve got to manage the game, that’s the thing I’m looking for. We’ve got to manage moments well because it keeps you in the game and allows you to build momentum in the game, because opportunities will come to hurt them. It’s about doing that right.”

Blues came away 2-1 winners from the reverse fixture, but Powell said this is a different game and isn’t paying much attention to the opening day of the season victory.

“They’ve settled into the league really well and are now justifying their pre-season favourites tag.

“They’ve got players who are a good standard, are of good quality - Championship quality - but so have we.

“People may think we don’t, but we definitely do. I’ve managed at that level and I know there’s a number of our players can play at that level.

“They’re up there for a reason; because they score goals, they create goals, have picked up points in games where maybe they shouldn’t, that’s always a sign of a good side.

“Tony Mowbray is someone who I admire and creates good footballing teams.

“What I would say is we have to perform and start better than our last trip on the road, simple as that. The players know that.

“You have to give yourself a platform and a foothold in any game, but especially away from home at one of the better sides.

“We need to grow, as a team, into the game, and the only way you can do that is by making sure you implement your own gameplan, do your best to nullify their threats and do your best to exploit one or two areas that you think can hurt them.”

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Match Report: Blackburn 1-0 Southend

7 April 2018

Blues were narrowly beaten 1-0 by top of the league Blackburn at Ewood Park in a dramatic encounter.

Blues manager Chris Powell made one change to the starting line-up, following Saturday’s 4-0 win against Gillingham, with Sam Mantom coming in for Theo Robinson as Blues looked to strengthen the defensive side of their game.

The opening 10 minutes of the game was relatively even with both sides cancelling each other out.

On the 11th minute Bradley Dack was subbed off injured and on came former Blues midfielder Jack Payne.

Blues had the first notable effort of the game in the 18th minute, as Michael Kightly swung in a corner from the left-hand side, which went in low towards the near post, however, Simon Cox’s back heel flick was met by David Raya in the Blackburn goal.

In the 33rd minute the home side had a penalty appeal turned down, as Danny Graham went down following an aerial challenge by Michael Turner, the referee waved play on, and the loose ball fell kindly for Craig Conway who blasted his effort over the crossbar at the near post.  

Just 3 minutes later Jason Demetriou had a good chance to put Blues in the lead, as he tackled Rovers centre back Derrick Williams deep in the Rovers half, and bared down on the penalty area, however, his strike flew just over the crossbar.

Blues survived a late scare just before the end of the half, as Blackburn used the pace of Adam Armstrong to get in behind Jason Demetriou down Blues right hand side, but, John White’s excellent recovery run thwarted the Rovers man in his path, however, the ball broke free to Danny Graham from around 10 yards out, but thankfully Oxley made himself big and was equal to Graham’s effort.

The opening stages of the second half begun with Blackburn putting pressure on Blues goal, just ten minutes into the half Danny Graham had two efforts foiled by Oxley, as he won a header inside the area following a dangerous cross by Elliott Bennett from the right-hand side, which resulted in the header going straight at Oxley.

Moments later Graham was released by Craig Conway down the right-hand side and was in on goal just inside the penalty area, but, he was denied by Oxley as he dived down to his left-hand side and did well to hold onto the ball.

But, on the hour mark, the Lancashire sides pressure paid off, as Graham nodded in a cross at the back post by Elliott Bennett from the right-hand side and broke Blues resilience.

Blues pressed to try and find an equaliser, and it was substitute Theo Robinson who had the first meaningful effort of the second half for Blues in the 69th minute, as he found space just inside the penalty area, and shot with the outside of his foot, however, his powerful effort was too close to Raya who comfortably saved it.

In the 89th minute Blues were denied what looked like a stone wall penalty, as Cox was bundled over in the box as he was about to shoot, following a sustained period of Blues pressure. Much to Blues surprise the referee didn’t award the spot kick despite major protests from Blues players.

Blues nearly levelled with virtually the last kick of the game, as Robinson drilled a low cross in from the right wing, that Cox managed to divert goal wards, however, Demetriou got in the way of the goal bound effort much to Blues agony.

Blues' next fixture is at the Kassam Stadium next Saturday against Oxford United, as Chris Powell’s side will look to bounce back from this narrow defeat.

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Back Blues at Ewood Park!

Ticket information for the game against Blackburn Rovers

6 April 2018

Chris Powell's side travel up to Lancashire to face top of the table Blackburn on Saturday...

Tickets come off sale from the Blues Box Office at 12pm - they will then be available on the day from the away end ticket office (Darwen End side of the ground) from 1pm at a £2 increase. Collections and duplicates are also from the away end ticket office.

We have sold over 500 tickets out of our initial allocation.

Want to join the hundreds of supporters making the trip on Saturday? Pay in advance to save!

Advanced prices for the fixture are as follows:

 

Advance prices

Matchday prices

Adults

£22.00

£24.00

Seniors (65+)

£15.00

£17.00

18-21

£15.00

£17.00

Juniors (12-17)

£7.00

£8.00

Under 12 (must be accompanied by an adult)

£5.00

£6.00

We have 10 tickets for wheelchair users - these tickets are charged at the age relevant price with a free carer if required, these are front row seats at pitch level and this area is exposed to the elements.

For Blackburn travel information click here.

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