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Preview: Powell on Oldham, injury concerns and London Marathon

24 April 2018

Chris Powell heads to Oldham Athletic tonight with a depleted squad but is expecting a better showing than in previous away games.

Southend continued the recent trend of excellent at home, poor away from home when they beat MK Dons 4-0 on Saturday.

And the Blues boss says Richie Wellens’ Oldham side will be a difficult test this evening.

“I’ve always said that if you pick up a point away from home it’s pretty good as long as you win your home games and we’ve been doing that in the main in our home games.

“But it’s gone array [away from home] since Plymouth. Blackburn was positive but we still didn’t get anything and then Oxford was the one I was most disappointed with.

“So we go to Oldham with a depleted squad, and a few young players in it, but it is what it is.

“We’ve now got a number of walking wounded and we’ll just have to deal with it.

“We’ll still have enough players who have experience of this level, but away from home it has been tough recently.

“We’ve got two remaining and it will be good for us to get something on the road, be positive and score in the second half!”

“We’re under no illusions that this will be very tough for us.

“They can play. Don’t underestimate them just because of their position, they can play.

“We’re going to have to be on our guard to stop anything like that, but equally we’ve got players in a good place.

“We have to go there and perform ourselves.”

The injury situation has worsened in the last few weeks for Powell.

Since losing Ben Coker and Michael Turner against Oxford, Anton Ferdinand was the latest to limp out in the win over MK Dons, whilst Josh Wright didn’t make the matchday squad due to a hamstring problem.

“He will be missing, and he’s touch and go for Saturday,” Powell explained.

“Josh [Wright] I doubt it but Sam [Mantom] has got a good chance.

“[Wright has a] reoccurrence of his hamstring injury which doesn’t look great. Sam’s available as long as there’s no reaction.

“There will be one or two players who haven’t featured at all, from the youth team and the U23s, that will more than likely be involved.

“That’s fine because ultimately, they’re going to have careers in the game.”

Tonight’s game comes quickly after Powell completed the London Marathon for the first time on Sunday, and he said it will also be the last.

“I won’t be doing the marathon again!

“I kept away from the players in training, I like to join in every now and again, but I didn’t want to get injured.

“I’m looking forward to getting back into training because I won’t be doing any training or marathon running again. It was horrific.

“Fair play to people that keep doing it, but I won’t be doing it ever again!”

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Match Report: Oldham 0-3 Southend

24 April 2018

Blues recorded their first win on the road since February at Boundary Park with a 3-0 win to deepen Oldham’s relegation worries.

Chris Powell made four changes for Tuesday night’s trip to Oldham, with Mantom, Harrison, Kyprianou and Cox coming into the side following a series of injuries to the squad.

Southend got off to a perfect start, as inform striker Theo Robinson scored after just six minutes following a corner from the left-hand side by Stephen Mclaughlin, which Shayon Harrison met, but, could only hit the post, however, thankfully for Blues Robinson was there to put the rebound in.

Oldham nearly equalised moments later as Craig Davies flicked on a long ball to Eoin Doyle which saw the former Chesterfield striker put his effort just wide of Oxley’s near post.

The Latics went close again just one minute later, as Wolves loanee Duckens Nazon cut inside on his right foot from the left-hand side and flashed a dangerous effort across goal.

Just quarter of an hour in McLaughlin nearly made it two, following some excellent link up play by Theo Robinson down the right wing, which saw the latter cross the ball into the penalty area, however, the Irishman’s effort went central down the middle of the goal and Johny Placide saved the effort with his feet in the Latics goal.

On the half hour mark Blues survived a scare, as a long throw from the right wing by Tom Hamer was flicked on by George Edmundson to Doyle, whose effort went towards Oxley’s bottom left hand corner which Oxley spilt, and then grabbed the ball at the second attempt as it was about to spin over the goal line.

In the 38th minute Blues were let off the hook again, as Oldham broke with pace through the middle of the park and had an overload down the left-hand side which saw Jack Byrne free who squared the ball across the box towards Doyle from around 10 yards out, however, the striker was on the stretch and his effort went just wide of Oxley’s left-hand post.

Blues started the second half in similar fashion to the first, as they doubled their lead early in the second half through Simon Cox, following a quick counter which was set up by Theo Robinson who slid a great ball into the Irishman, who’s first effort was blocked, however, the ball fell back kindly, and he slotted the ball into the bottom right-hand corner to make it 2-0.

Moments later, Blues made it 3-0 as Simon Cox completed a quick-fire double, as Mclaughlin went down the left wing and crossed in a perfect ball to Cox at the back post who chested the ball down and fired the ball into the goal from close range.

Just before the hour mark Oldham could not believe that they hadn’t found the net, as a low cross was driven across the penalty area by Doyle, and from point blank range Oxley pulled off an incredible save from substitute Aaron Amadi-Holloway to keep his clean sheet intact

Mark Oxley who was a contender for Blues man of the match pulled off another great save from Jack Byrne with just over 10 minutes to go, following an excellent clipped pass by Dan Gardner over the top of the Blues defence.

Blues nearly added a fourth goal with 8 minutes to go, as Jason Demetriou had a free-kick tipped onto the post by Placide in the Oldham goal.

There was a nice touch in stoppage time as Lewis Gard came on to make his first team debut after being subbed on for McLaughlin.

Blues next fixture is at Valley Parade on Saturday and Powell’s side will be confident going into the match following his sides impressive attacking display. 

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Tickets: Oldham Athletic

23 April 2018

Tickets on sale until 5pm Monday...

Tickets for Tuesday night's rearranged game against Oldham Athletic will come off sale from the Blues Box Office at 5pm on Monday.

All tickets bought for the original fixture back in February are still valid.

Advanced prices are:

Adults - £20

65+ - £10

Under 16's - £10

Under 12's - £5

Ambulant disabled - £10.00 (or relevant junior price) as well as a free carer if required.

Wheelchair £10.00 - (or relevant junior price) as well as a free carer if required.

Please note tickets will be cash only at the turnstiles and prices increase on the day to:

Adults - £24.00

65+ - £12.00

Under 12's & 16's - no increase

Ambulant disabled - £12.00 (or relevant junior price) as well as a free carer if required.

Wheelchair £12.00 - (or relevant junior price) as well as a free carer if required.

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