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Big Preview: Southend United vs Bradford City

15 December 2017

Southend United vs Bradford City

Club News

Keith Stroud confirmed as Blues' referee for Saturday's game

14 December 2017

Southend United’s unbeaten home league record faces arguably it’s biggest threat of the season so far as Stuart McCall’s Bradford City travel to Roots Hall tomorrow afternoon.

Blues are the only side in League One not to taste defeat at home this campaign, but the Bantams have an impressive away record, including wins at the top two, Wigan and Shrewsbury.

McCall’s side have won seven of their 10 away games this season and head to Roots Hall off the back of a pulsating 4-3 win at home against Rochdale last weekend.

With five wins and five draws at home, Phil Brown’s Blues will be glad to be back at ‘fortress’ Roots Hall as they look to put last weekend’s disappointment against Bristol Rovers behind them.

Southend United: LLWDDL

Bradford City: WLWWLW

19th November 2016: Southend United (Atkinson 2, Vincelot OG) 3 vs 0 Bradford City

18th October 2016: Bradford City (McNulty) 1 vs 1 (Wordsworth) Southend United

30th April 2016: Southend United 0 vs 1 (Evans) Bradford City

Club News

Ben Coker gets all-clear to return

14 December 2017

Ben Coker may make a shock return to the side after he was given the all clear having missed the entire season so far with a broken leg.

Coker travelled with the squad last weekend but wasn’t named in the side, but now he’s back to full training, Brown may give the full-back his first taste of action tomorrow afternoon.

Fellow defender Harry Kyprianou is nearing a return but is unlikely to feature whilst Stephen McLaughlin faces a fitness test on a bruised pelvis sustained in last weekend’s defeat at Bristol.

Bradford are hoping to have Jake Reeves available for selection after he picked up a knock in their FA Cup win over Plymouth a fortnight ago, forcing him to sit out City’s last two games.

Dominic Poleon returned after a short spell out with illness last weekend against Rochdale so is expected to feature whilst Alex Jones and Colin Doyle are both unavailable.

Match Previews

Blues Boss Phil Brown On Coming Up Against Bradford

14 December 2017

Phil Brown, Southend United Manager:

“Bradford City’s away form is better than their home form so it’s one of those games that something has got to give.

“Notoriously, certainly over the last three or four years, we’ve had some good battles against Bradford City and in quite a few of them we’ve come out on top.

“It’s always been a feisty encounter, a real tough game, and I’m not expecting anything different.”

Stuart McCall, Bradford City Manager:

"Looking at Southend's quotes after the (Bristol Rovers) game, it seems like they thought their performance in that match was probably one of their worst of the season.

“With that in mind, we are preparing to face a wounded animal. Coupled with the fact that they have their unbeaten run at home, we know we will be in for challenging game on Saturday.

“Having said that, we are comfortable with how we are playing. We have obviously picked up some great results away from home this season, and we also have some players coming back for this weekend."

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Match Reports

Match Report: Southend 1-2 Bradford

16 December 2017

Southend’s unbeaten home league record has ended thanks to Charlie Wyke’s injury-time penalty which secured Bradford a 2-1 win at Roots Hall.

The visitors came to Southend with an imperious away record and started the brighter of the two sides, making the most of their start with Dominic Poleon putting them in front early on.

Blues were much improved in the second half and pressed for an equaliser with Nile Ranger getting in front of Stephen McLaughlin to head Southend level with 15 minutes to go.

But in the final moments of the match, Ryan Leonard brought down Nicky Law in the area, allowing Charlie Wyke to smash home the winner as Leonard was shown a second yellow card.

Boss Phil Brown was also sent to the stands after protesting the decision as Southend tasted defeat at Roots Hall for the first time this season in the league.

Despite a spirited second-half display, it was a third successive defeat for Blues, who now face a testing trip to Scunthorpe before back-to-back home games against Charlton and Shrewsbury.

Following last weekend’s disappointing defeat at Bristol Rovers, Blues boss Phil Brown had some harsh words to say about his side who had been soundly beaten 3-0.

Brown threatened to make a raft of changes following that defeat but settled with the four changes with Ben Coker making a surprise return to the starting line-up.

The visitors held an envious away record this season with seven wins from their 10 league trips away from Valley Parade, including wins away at the top two in Wigan and Shrewsbury.

Stuart McCall’s side began looking like a side that was confident on their travels and a mazy run from Alex Gilliead ended with Dominic Poleon being slipped in, forcing a good save out of Mark Oxley.

From the resulting corner, Oxley was required again to scoop wide a near-post effort from Tyrell Robinson as the Bantams started the brighter of the two sides.

And their bright start was rewarded inside the first 10-minutes when a neat move between Charlie Wyke and Nicky Law saw Law get goal-side, picking out Poleon with a low cross for a tap-in.

Bradford had now opened the scoring in each of their 11 away games this season and were looking good for their one-goal lead as Southend’s unbeaten home record looked under serious threat.

Blues had struggled to get a foothold in the game but midway through the first-half, they carved out two chances in quick succession which came close to bringing them back level.  

Anthony Wordsworth had the best of the two chances when he was found completely unmarked inside the penalty area by a Stephen McLaughlin cross, only to head straight at Rouven Sattelmaier.

Moments later and Sattelmaier looked to be beaten by a McLaughlin strike that took a wicked deflection off Tony McMahon, but the deflection had enough on it to send the shot wide.  

Southend started the second half on the front-foot with Nile Ranger barrelling his way into the Bantams area before seeing his shot blocked by a last-ditch Matthew Kilgallon challenge.

Blues continued to push forward for an equaliser and Jason Demetriou’s header across goal fell almost fell kindly for Wordsworth inside the box but the midfielder couldn’t dig out a strike.

The pressure was beginning to mount on the visitors with a Ryan Leonard strike that was easily held by Sattelmaier before Blues won a succession of corners which they couldn’t capitalise on.

Southend though would get the equaliser that their second-half display had richly deserved as Ranger headed Blues level with a quarter of an hour remaining.

Substitute Jermaine McGlashan found space on the right-side to send a deep cross toward the far post. McLaughlin and Ranger both went for the ball, with Ranger getting the decisive touch to squeeze the ball inside the post.

Bradford had paid the price for sitting back on their half-time lead but the equaliser forced them to come back out and Charlie Wyke thought he’d restored Bradford’s lead from a corner when his header on goal had to be cleared off the line by Demetriou.

The visitors though would come away though with all three points when Nicky Law got the wrong side of the Blues back-line before being brought down by Leonard in the penalty area.

Having been booked earlier in the half, Leonard was given his marching orders for the foul and Wyke smashed his spot-kick straight down the middle and win Bradford the points.

In the aftermath of the goal, Phil Brown was sent to the stands by referee Keith Stroud for his protests against the penalty decision to compound a miserable afternoon for Blues.

And in the final seconds of injury time, Bradford were denied a third by a superb save from Oxley which stopped Shay McCartan’s strike from adding gloss to the scoreline, but the Bantams had done enough to end Southend’s unbeaten home record.

Blues XI: Oxley, Coker, Wordsworth (Fortune 63’), Turner, Timlin (McGlashan 69’), McLaughlin, Leonard (C), Demetriou, Wright, White, Ranger (Ba 86’). Subs Not Used: Bishop, Yearwood, Kyrpianou, Wabo

Bradford City XI: Sattelmaier, Kilgallon, Vincelot (C), Law, Wyke, Taylor (Reeves 46’), Poleon (McCartan 76’), Knight-Percival (Thompson 59’), McMahon, Robinson. Subs Not Used: Raeder, Dieng, McCartan, Hendrie, Patrick

Referee: Keith Stroud

Assistants: Matt Foley & John Flynn

Fourth Official: Paul Harris


Southend United: Nile Ranger 75’

Bradford City: Dominic Poleon 9’, Charlie Wyke (p)90’

Yellow Cards:

Southend United: Josh Wright 41’, Nile Ranger 47’, Ryan Leonard 74’

Bradford City: Nathaniel Knight-Percival 55’, Dominic Poleon 74’, Tony McMahon 90+1’

Red Cards:

Southend United: Ryan Leonard 89’

Bradford City: None

Attendance: 6,097

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Ticket News

Football returns to Roots Hall this weekend as Blues take on Bradford City

Southend v Bradford 16th December 2017

12 December 2017

Southend United face Bradford City on 6th December…

Southend United face fifth-placed Bradford at Roots Hall on Saturday 6th December with a 3pm kick-off.

Phil Brown is looking to continue Southend's unbeaten run at the fortress, a form which see's Southend as the only team left in League One that hasn't lost at home this season.

The Bantams have continued to perform in League One after just missing out on promotion last season,losing 1-0 to Millwall in the play-off final.

Their form this season has seen them win 12, draw three and lose six games in League One.

On 31st January 2017 Bradford brought in prolific goalscorer Charlie Wyke, who ended the season with seven goals in 19 games.

Wyke has already beaten his tally in his first full season at the Bantams this campaign, socring nine goals in 19 league games and putting him fifth in the goalscorer charts.

There’s limited hospitality available for Blues' clash against the Bantams…

The Captains Suite

There are five places available in The Captains Suite for our upcoming game at Roots Hall which include a three course waitress served meal, half bottle of wine, souvenir gift, half time tea, coffee & biscuits, official matchday programme, car parking space and a fun quiz to win a signed memorabilia.

Prices start from £65 per person

Trade Price Cars Centre Circle Lounge

There are 13 spaces in our Centre Circle Lounge for the Bradford fixture, this popular lounge provides the perfect pitchside view to entertain and to be entertained.

Enjoy a three course waitress served meal, half bottle of wine, souvenir gift, half time tea, coffee & biscuits, official matchday programme, car parking space, team sheet, fun quiz to win signed memorabilia, opportunity to meet players, access to the Blues Legends Lounge after the game.

Prices start from £60 per person

The Blues Legends Lounge

There are eight places available for our next home game in The Blues Legends Lounge, enjoy a two course meal, half bottle of wine, souvenir gift, a seat in Blues Paddock area, half time tea, coffee & biscuits, official matchday programme, car parking space, team sheet, fun quiz to win signed memorabilia, opportunity to meet players and NEW for the 17/18 season a post match visit from Blues Man of the Match.

Prices start from £55 per person

Matchday Mascots

Create a day you will all remember for a lifetime, experience the thrill of leading out your heroes at Roots Hall.

The Mascot Package makes for the perfect way to celebrate a birthday, a special occasion or just for fun!

This exciting package includes a full replica kit, two adult + child tickets, car park space, official matchday programme signed by the players, official matchday programme article, profile and picture, social media coverage, matchday pre match warm up, changing room visit, leading the team out and a memento photograph with officials and team captains prior to kick off.

This matches price starts from £120

*All prices exclude VAT

To find out more information please contact the Commercial Department on

01702 304147 or email || to book your place.

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