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Big Preview: Southend United vs Scunthorpe United

26 January 2018

Southend United vs Scunthorpe United

The Chris Powell-era at Roots Hall begins tomorrow afternoon as Southend United entertain Graham Alexander’s Scunthorpe United in Powell’s first game since becoming Blues boss.  

Southend have yet to take to the field since Phil Brown’s departure and following last weekend’s postponement at Rochdale, Blues go into this weekend just one point above the drop zone.

While Blues look over their shoulder, the Iron have their sights firmly set on promotion and currently sit fourth in the League One standings, four points behind second-placed Blackburn.

Alexander’s side though do travel to Roots Hall with no win in their last three following draws against Portsmouth and Doncaster, as well as a home defeat to Gillingham.

Southend United: LLLLWL

Scunthorpe United: DLDWDW

23rd December 2017: Scunthorpe United (van Veen, Townsend, Turner OG) 3 vs 1 (Demetriou) Southend United

4th February 2017: Southend United (Fortune, Cox, Leonard) 3 vs 1 (Wallace) Scunthorpe United

10th September 2016: Scunthorpe United (Madden, van Veen, Morris, Smallwood) 4 vs 0 Southend United

Chris Powell will assess the fitness of Michael Turner ahead of Saturday's fixture after the centre-half limped off early during Blues’ defeat to Fleetwood a fortnight ago with a calf strain.

Anthony Wordsworth will definitely be missing with a calf problem and Josh Wright is edging closer to a return to action following a hamstring strain but is still likely to miss out, along with fellow long-term absentee Rob Kiernan.

Scunthorpe United will be without midfielder Neal Bishop after he suffered a knee injury which saw him leave on a stretcher during the midweek draw with Doncaster Rovers.

Goalkeeper Matt Gilks is closing in on a return after he resumed training following a calf injury while Andrew Crofts may also feature for the first time in almost a month after an ankle problem.

Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:

“They [Scunthorpe United] have had a sticky period the last few games, but they’ve got some power, they’ve got a certain way of playing. They have got players that know this level and know the higher level.

“They are in the play-off places, which is one day what we want to do. They’ve got a lot to aim for and a lot to gain out of the remaining games.

“What we’ve got to do is not worry about that. Not worry about what they’re about and what they do, hopefully, do what we do best and get back to that and that’s trying to win football matches.”

Graham Alexander, Scunthorpe United Manager:

“It will take him [Chris Powell] more than three or four days, but generally there’s a reaction for the first couple of games at least. We’ve already experienced that when we faced Gillingham earlier this season.

“We know they’ve got good players and Chris is a very experienced manager, especially at this level - he’s had success before. We’ll be expecting a Southend team that are right at it.

“Chris being in charge will give the fans a lift and Roots Hall is a tough place to go at any time of the season.”

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Match Report: Southend 3-2 Scunthorpe

27 January 2018

Chris Powell’s tenure as Blues manager got off to the perfect start, as a 90th minute Michael Turner winner sealed a vital three points for Southend United in a thrilling game.

A fired up Southend side bested the Iron to win their first game of 2018, and to end a streak of four games without a win. 

Despite a great start to the first half, Powell found his men a goal behind following a poor clearance from Mark Oxley, resulting in Tom Hopper to head in the opening goal from six-yards out.

Scunthorpe keeper Rory Watson had kept all of Southend’s chances out in the opening 45 minutes, but a stroke of luck from Kightly eight minutes from halftime resulted in the winger beating the Iron keeper with a cross-come-shot that looped over the shot stopper, and into the net for the Blues equaliser.

The Blues’ persistence for goals continued into the second half, and come the 52nd minute Southend were in front. A free-kick from 20-yards out was eyed up by McLaughlin, and the Irishman’s take from the dead-ball scenario was perfect, as his strike fired straight into the bottom corner, giving the hosts a deserved lead.

The lead was not to least, though, as Graham Alexander’s side were able to find an equalising goal four minutes following McLaughlin’s free-kick, as Kevin van Veen was allowed to smash in from close-range to tie the game up.

Just when a draw looked like the ending result, the Blues were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the area. McLaughlin drilled in the ball into the area, and after some confusion in the box, defender Turner was able to slide in the winning goal, to seal the three points for Southend United.

The Blues started brightly as Simon Cox begun the game dangerously, hounding down the Scunthorpe keeper when given the chance, and getting an effort off four minutes in that was easily saved by Rory Watson.

The left wing was a particular area the Iron found hard to defend, as the downside of the 3-5-2 formation Scunthorpe had fielded and the positioning of Kightly made it easy for the winger to find space, and exploit the visitors.

Despite the promising signs early on from the hosts, the Blues conceded the opening goal 12 minutes in.

A messy passage of play in the Southend area resulted in Oxley poorly clearing the ball out to van Veen, who’s floated cross back into the box found the head of Hopper, and the Scunthorpe striker headed in the opening goal from six-yards out.

Despite the setback, Powell’s team remained determined to get back into the game. Southend responded with two quick chances from Cox and a returning Marc-Antoine Fortune, but both efforts were denied.

McLaughlin came close to the Blues’ opening goal of the day, as the winger burst down the centre of the park, and fired a goal bound strike towards goal. However, Watson was again able to react quickly and pull off a good save to deny the midfielder.

After knocking on the door for most of the first half, the Blues finally managed to level the game 36 minutes in through the danger man, Kightly.

The winger collected the ball from the throw-in line down the left wing, and his initial cross flew over all the heads in the penalty area, as well as the keeper’s, and ricocheted off the right post before crossing the line and earning the Blues a deserved goal going into halftime.

Southend carried their form and fight into the second half, and within seven minutes they were ahead.

McLaughlin stepped up to take a free-kick 20-yards from goal, and the Irish winger’s low, powerful strike split the wall in two, and the ball thundered into the corner of the net to give the Blues the lead.

However, the Blues’ lead did not last for long as a van Veen managed to level the game just four minutes after McLaughlin gave Southend the lead.

A Iron corner from the right wing resulted in Murray Wallace’s effort in the area being blocked, but the ball fell perfectly to van Veen, and the Dutch striker had an easy finish to make it 2-2 after 56 minutes.

Despite the sucker punch after taking the lead, the Blues remained confident as Cox came inches wide of giving Southend the lead yet again in the second half, when the striker’s effort from distance was well-tipped over by Watson in the 60th minute.

Scunthorpe almost snatched the win right at the death as Charlie Goode’s header from a late corner kick resulted in goal scorer McLaughlin clearing the ball off the line with a well timed header, to deny the visitors the three points.

Goode was then sent off going into stoppage time for a reckless challenge, and the late drama did not stop there, as Turned bundled in the winning goal two minutes into stoppage time.

A free-kick on the right wing found it’s way into the Scunthorpe area, and after a messy passage of play the ball fell to Southend’s defender, and with a last ditch sliding shot, the ball bundled it’s way into the goal, to seal the game for the Blues.

The result means that Southend shoot up to 17th place in the league table, four points above the drop zone.

Blues XI: Oxley; Demetriou, White, Turner, Coker (C); McLaughlin, Yearwood, Timlin, Kightly; Cox, Fortune (Robinson, 82’). Subs not used: Bishop, Ferdinand, McGlashen, Klass, Kyprianou, Wabo

Scunthorpe United FC XI: Watson; Goode, Burgess, Wallace; Holmes, Ojo (C), McGeehan (Yates, 59’), Morris, Adelakun; Hopper, van Veen (Novak, 82’). Subs not used: Kelsey, Townsend, Toney, Sutton, McArdle 

Referee: Craig Hicks

Assistants: Andrew Williams & Paul Kelly

Fourth Official: Charles Breakspear


Southend United: Kightly 37’, McLaughlin 52’, Turner 90’

Scunthorpe United FC: Hopper 12’, van Veen 56’

Yellow cards:

Southend United: McLaughlin 28’

Scunthorpe United FC: Burgess 47’, Goode 52’, Hopper 68'

Red cards

Southend United:

Scunthorpe United FC: Goode, 90’

Attendance: 6,723

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Watch Chris Powell's First Game In Charge Of Blues This Weekend

Southend United vs Scunthorpe United 27th January 2018

24 January 2018

Watch Blues take on Scunthorpe United this weekend...

Southend United face fourth-placed Scunthorpe United at Roots Hall as Chris Powell takes charge of his first game as Blues Manager.

Powell was appointed as Manager on Tuesday with the former Southend left back signing a two-and-a-half-year deal.

With the new Manager in place Blues are aiming to start a run of form that will turn the season around. Buy your ticket now to see if Powell's Southend can get off to the best possible start.

The Iron have hit a run of bad form recently, winning just once out of their last five games (W1 D3 L1). They were in action on Tuesday night, drawing 1-1 with rivals Doncaster Rovers.

The two sides have met a total of 54 times, with Blues winning 15, drawing 15 and losing 24 games.

Your support is key to Southend's fight this season, so come along to Roots Hall and watch Blues take on the Iron!

There’s also hospitality available for Blues' game this weekend. 

We are offering an amazing deal for the Scunthorpe game.

This offer gives you a discount on all hospitality areas, mascot packages and sponsorship packages.

Please note that all bookings must be confirmed and paid for by 5.30pm today!

Celebrate the Best of Essex in style with our new and improved hospitality packages!

Centre Circle Lounge 

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.

Normal Price: £60 + vat

Our January Blues Offer: £49 + vat

Captains Suite

Enjoy 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.

Normal Price: £65 + vat

Our January Blues Offer: £55 + vat

Executive Boxes 

  • Silver Package (sample menu)

Soup & rustic bread
Honey & mustard mini sausages
Pulled Pork BBQ buns with apple & BBQ sauce
10 beers or 2 bottles of wine
Optional cheese board with chutney

Normal Price: £495 + vat

Our January Blues Offer: £420 + vat

  • Gold Package (sample menu)

Soup & rustic bread
Chicken goujons
Breaded mushrooms
Shrimper's mini fish and chips
Honey & mustard mini sausages
Optional cheese board with chutney
10 beers or 2 bottles of wine

Normal Price: £595 + vat

Our January Blues Offer: £499 + vat

  • Platinum Package (sample menu)

Soup & rustic bread
Chicken goujons
Breaded mushrooms
Shrimper's mini fish and chips
Honey & mustard mini sausages
Cheese board with chutney
Prosecco reception
10 beers or 2 bottles of wine

Normal Price: £625 + vat

Our January Blues Offer: £530 + vat

Mascot Package

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.

Normal Price: £150 + vat

Our January Blues Offer: £120 + vat

Match Sponsorship

This ever popular package is tailored to your requirements offering that perfect combination of hospitality, advertising and extensive coverage before, during and after the game.

For sponsoring a game at Roots Hall you will get your company name on the front of official matchday programme, official matchday programme full page advert, ability to display pop-up banners in key reception areas, space for 10 guests in the Trade Price Cars Centre Circle Lounge, beers, wine & soft drinks, half time refreshments, website & social media coverage, tannoy announcement, scoreboard advert, team sheet reference, pitch-side presentation to Man of the Match and a photograph memento.

Normal Price: £1,050 + vat

Our January Blues Offer: £799 + vat

Match Ball Sponsorship

Another exclusive opportunity to enjoy the VIP treatment on a matchday.

This includes four spaces in our Centre Circle Lounge, half page advertisement in the official matchday programme, half time refreshments, post-match presentation of an autographed football from your favourite Blues player, photograph memento.

Normal Price: £350 + vat

Our January Blues Offer: £299 + vat

Poster Point Advertising

Your brand and company details displayed to a captive audience with annual attendance of match and non-matchday of over 190,000 people:

Get up to 50% off Poster Point advertising for the New Year.

Prices for 10 Poster Points:

Six Match Special Normal Price: £595 + vat

Our January Blues Offer: £395 + vat

Half Season Normal Price: £1,095

Our January Blues Offer: £547.50 + vat

To find out more information please contact the Commercial Department on 01702 304147.

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