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Big Preview: Southend United vs Charlton Athletic

25 December 2017

Southend United vs Charlton Athletic

Boxing Day football makes its way to Roots Hall as Southend United entertain Karl Robinson’s Charlton Athletic this afternoon looking to end a run of four straight defeats.

Blues’ defeat at Scunthorpe has left them having to look over their shoulder as they’re now just five points above the relegation zone having dropped into the bottom half of the table.

Today’s visitors Charlton, on the other hand, go into today’s tie in the play-off places, occupying 6th place, seven places and eight points above Phil Brown’s side.

The Addicks have been in a sticky run of form of late in the league having only picked up one league win since October and just two points from the last 15 available. 

Southend United: LLLLWD

Charlton Athletic: DLLWLD

9th September 2017: Charlton Athletic (Magennis, Holmes) 2 vs 1 (White) Southend United

8th April 2017: Charlton Athletic (Holmes, Thompson OG) 2 vs 1 (White) Southend United

31st December 2016: Southend United (Cox) 1 vs 1 (Crofts) Charlton Athletic

Ryan Leonard will be back in contention after he missed the defeat to Scunthorpe through suspension after being sent off in the 2-1 defeat at home to Bradford 10 days ago.

Goalkeeper Mark Oxley is a doubt after he was forced off with a back injury at Glanford Park, meaning Nathan Bishop may make his first start for Blues between the sticks.

Midfielders Michael Timlin and Michael Kightly remain out with ankle and hamstring injuries respectively, whilst defender Rob Kiernan and goalkeeper Ted Smith are also out.

Charlton are in the midst of an injury crisis at the moment having had eight senior players missing for their 1-1 draw against Blackpool on Saturday.

To make matters worse, Leon Best limped off during the game at The Valley with a hamstring problem but Karl Robinson is hopeful of having three unnamed first-teamers back for today.

Phil Brown, Southend United Manager:

“We’ve got two home games now over the Christmas period that we need to arrest this situation. The crazy thing about the league is that nothing’s really happened in terms of our league position.

“As far as I am concerned, our next win needs to turn a corner and needs to turn a corner where the season is concerned if we’re going to do something this season.

“We’ve had two tough fixtures, we’ve got another two tough fixtures but they’re both at Roots Hall. We’ve got prepare for them in the manner in which I know we can play.”

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Match Report: Southend 3-1 Charlton

26 December 2017

Southend’s winless run came to an end after a brace from Simon Cox and a first Blues goal for Michael Turner were enough to see off Charlton Athletic 3-1 at Roots Hall.

Coming off the back of a third successive defeat on Saturday, Southend made a frightening quick start scoring twice inside the opening 11-minutes of the game. 

Cox opened the scoring after just two minutes after he got on the end of some pinball inside the area to beat Ben Amos from close range.

Blues would double their lead shortly after when Anthony Wordsworth’s free-kick found the run of Michael Turner who glanced his header in off the inside of the post for the perfect start.

Charlton put plenty of pressure on Southend in the second half and got their rewards when Ben Reeves reduced the arrears midway through the second half.

But after surviving mounting Addicks pressure, Cox sealed the points for Blues when he smashed home from close range with just over 10-minutes remaining.

The defeat for Charlton meant they extended their winless run in the league to six games, whilst Southend temporarily climbed into the top-half ahead of the 3pm kick-offs.

Phil Brown had made two changes to his side following Saturday’s defeat to Scunthorpe, with Ryan Leonard returning the starting line-up having missed Saturday’s game through suspension.  

The other change saw Nile Ranger partner Simon Cox up front and both were involved in Southend’s opening goal which was finished off by Cox in the opening two minutes.

Jason Demetriou tried a long-range effort which looped up into the air, bouncing between the heads of Ranger and Anthony Wordsworth before Southend’s number 10 smashed the ball home.

It was a superb start for the home side who could have gone 2-0 up when Stephen McLaughlin flashed the ball across goal, finding Cox who couldn’t get the ball out of his feet to get a shot away.

Blues’ lightning start would see them produce a second goal when Michael Turner made up for his own-goal at the weekend against Scunthorpe by heading in his first Southend goal.

Wordsworth whipped in a free-kick from wide on the right, finding the run of Turner who glanced his header beyond the despairing dive of Ben Amos and in off the inside of the post.

Southend were almost unrecognisable to the side that had lost their last three on the spin, but having gone ahead so early there was still plenty of time for Charlton to force their way back in.

The Addicks fans burst into song, singing “we’ve had a shot” after Josh Magennis took aim inside the penalty area, stinging the palms of Mark Oxley for Charlton’s first attempt of the game.

And they should have got one back on the half-hour mark when Karlan Ahearne-Grant slipped past Demetriou to get goal side, hitting the side netting as he tried to beat Oxley at his near post.

Blues would remain untroubled at the back going into the break with Ranger having a half chance to extend Southend’s lead further as he rose highest to head over from 10-yards out in injury-time.

Southend started the second half with McLaughlin firing a shot straight at Amos who gathered at the second attempt whilst Charlton’s Ahearne-Grant done the same, forcing a save from Oxley.

The visitors were starting to build some momentum with a series of free-kicks and corners and came close to getting one back when Ben Reeves’ corner fell kindly for Joe Aribo who struck wide.

And with a quarter of the game still to play, Charlton would get themselves right back in it when Reeves would beat Oxley and reduce the deficit to one.

A low cross into the area was deflected into the feet of Magennis who calmly laid the ball off for Reeves to run onto and rifle the ball home in front of almost 1400 travelling Addicks fans.

The goal had been just rewards for the visitors who’d looked the better side in the second half and they continued to press forward after the goal as they went in search of an equaliser.

But the pressure Southend were under was all of a sudden lifted when their two-goal lead was restored with just over 10 minutes remaining as Cox powered home his second of the game.

Jermaine McGlashan – on as a substitute for McLaughlin – got to the byline, sending in a deep cross to the far post that was headed down into the danger-zone for Cox to score from six-yards out.  

Blues XI: Oxley, Coker, Wordsworth, Ferdinand (C), Turner, Cox, McLaughlin (McGlashan 73’), Leonard, Demetriou, Wright (White 80’), Ranger (Fortune 85’). Subs Not Used: Bishop, Hendrie, Kyprianou, Robinson

Charlton Athletic XI: Amos, Kashi (Lennon 46’), Magennis, Holmes (C), Reeves, Konsa, Aribo, Ahearne-Grant (Hackett-Fairchild 87’), Dasilva, Sarr, Dijksteel. Subs Not Used: Phillips, Jackson, Dodoo, Lapslie

Referee: Darren Drysdale

Assistants: Daniel Cook & Marc Wilson

Fourth Official: Paul Kelly


Southend United: Simon Cox 2’, 79’, Michael Turner 11’

Charlton Athletic: Ben Reeves 66’

Yellow Cards:

Southend United: Ryan Leonard 38’, Ben Coker 63’, Nile Ranger 77’, Mark Oxley 86’

Charlton Athletic: Harry Lennon 81, Ezri Konsa 90+2’

Attendance: 9,588

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Watch Blues on Boxing Day as they take on Charlton Athletic at Roots Hall

22 December 2017

Watch Blues face Charlton Athletic on Boxing Day...

Southend United face sixth-placed Charlton Athletic on Boxing Day with a 1pm kick-off.

The traditional Christmas period is a great time to watch football in England and Blues are, for the second season in succession, at home.

Blues tend to like playing on Boxing Day having won their last five fixtures the day after Christmas. Not since 2009 have Blues lost, which came at home to Colchester United.

Last season Blues beat AFC Wimbledon 3-0, the year before was an Essex Derby 2-0 win over Colchester which came the season after a 1-0 win on the road at Cambridge.

Karl Robinson’s Charlton are the visitors this season, and the Addicks are one of the sides that Blues are chasing for a play-off spot, making it a huge game against the south-east London side.

In the reverse fixture, Charlton came out on top.

But at Roots Hall, where Blues have lost just once all season, Phil Brown’s side will be confident of testing the Addicks who have lost their previous two games. 

Your support is going to be vital, so come along to Roots Hall and watch  Blues take on the Addicks.


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