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Big Preview: Southend United vs Peterborough United

17 October 2017

Southend United vs Peterborough United

Southend return to Roots Hall after back-to-back away trips as they entertain Peterborough United this evening and look to bounce back from successive defeats.

Blues have had a miserable time on the road of late, losing 3-0 to Wigan and 4-1 to Doncaster, and they’ll be happy to return home to Roots Hall where they’ve not lost in the league so far this season.

Tonight’s visitors Peterborough United travel down in a poor run of form themselves having not won any of their last four matches, including three successive defeats in the league.

They suffered a surprise 1-0 home defeat to Gillingham on Saturday but their impressive early form has them placed just one point outside the play-offs, four points above Southend.

Southend United: LLWWWW

Peterborough United: LDLLWD

21st February 2017: Peterborough United (Nichols) 1 vs 4 (Demetriou, Fortune, Wordsworth, Timlin) Southend United

1st October 2016: Southend United (Wordsworth) 1 vs 1 (Maddison) Peterborough United

16th January 2016: Peterborough United 0 vs 0 Southend United

Blues boss Phil Brown will be without the suspended pairing of Anton Ferdinand and Jermaine McGlashan this evening.  

Ferdinand serves his second game of a two-game ban for his sending off against Doncaster whilst McGlashan saw red on Saturday against Wigan and will miss the next three games.

Michael Kightly returned to training this week and may feature, whilst Michael Turner closes in on a first-team debut after spending the entire season out so far with a hamstring problem.

The Posh are likely to be without Michael Doughty as he continues to struggle with a back spasm that made him miss the defeat to Gillingham.

Junior Morias is also unavailable as he continues to recover from a thigh problem, but Callum Chettle could return following a hamstring injury.

Phil Brown, Southend United Manager;

“Looking at the bigger picture these two important games, none more so than the first one of course, will define our season.

“What I want from these games is the pressure on myself and the players to actually keep a hold of the opportunity of hanging onto the shirt tales of the leaders, and I don’t mean the leaders as in Wigan, I mean the leaders as in the top six.

“You’ve got to be looking at winning your games at home, you’ve got to be looking to make sure that Roots Hall is a fortress, which we’ve made it.

“We haven’t been beaten at Roots Hall yet, and we’ve got to go into the game with the positive performance from the weekend, not the negativity of the result.”

Grant McCann, Peterborough United Manager;

“Always a tough place to go, Southend. We want to go there and try and win the game, we need to get back on track.

“We need to get back to what we’re good at. It’s taking time and I can say it’s slowly coming back but it will, we’ve got too good of a squad for it not to.

“The boys were in on Sunday, we had a good meeting on Sunday and we’ve had a good couple of days leading up to Southend."

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Match Reports

Match Report: Southend 1-1 Peterborough

17 October 2017

Marc-Antoine Fortune’s first goal of the season was cancelled out by Jack Marriott’s tenth goal for Peterborough as Blues were made to settle for a point following a 1-1 draw at Roots Hall.

Both sides came into the short on confidence and it showed in a scrappy first half which Southend edged after Jack Baldwin’s clearance was charged down before Fortune slotted home.  

Southend were pegged back early in the second half when the ball fell kindly to Jack Marriott no more than eight-yards out, beating Mark Oxley to make it double figures for him already this season.

Blues were indebted to Oxley for keeping the scores level after he pulled off a string of fine saves to stop Marcus Maddison twice before superbly saving Callum Chettle’s header.

Blues themselves also had chances to snatch all three points late on with Josh Wright forcing a brilliant fingertip save from Jonathan Bond as both teams had to settle for a draw.

The draw brought to an end to Southend’s recent losing run, but Phil Brown will no doubt feel it was two points dropped against a Posh side who now are without a win in four league matches.

Following on from Saturday’s defeat to Wigan, Blues made three changes to their line up with the suspended Jermaine McGlashan replaced by Stephen McLaughlin whilst Marc-Antoine Fortune and Simon Cox were paired up front.

Both sides came into the game in poor form with Blues shipping seven in two successive away defeats whilst Peterborough hadn’t won in four, including losing three in a row in the league.

In the early stages, you could see both sides were short of confidence and Blues almost made a calamitous start when Ryan Leonard’s heavy back-pass came close to ending in the back of the net when Mark Oxley sliced his clearance just wide for a corner.   

Anything Southend could do, Peterborough could do better, and after Jack Baldwin’s attempt at a back-pass almost put Stephen McLaughlin through a second error from the Posh captain led to the opening goal.

Trying to clear the ball out from the back, Marc-Antoine Fortune charged Baldwin’s clearance down before checking onto his right foot and slotting the ball beyond Jonathan Bond to open the scoring.

It was a scrappy goal to go with a scrappy game, but Blues didn’t care one bit and within a minute of the restart they could have made it two when Simon Cox found space on the edge of the area but his shot lacked the power to trouble Bond in the Peterborough goal.

Wherever you seemed to look, Baldwin was in the thick of the action for Posh and having made the error that led to the goal he was then booked before having the visitors’ best chance of the half.

Following a foul by Jason Demetriou on former Blue Anthony Grant, Marcus Maddison’s swinging free-kick found the head of his captain 12-yards-out but his header failed to hit the mark.

Baldwin will know he should have done better with his headed effort but Jack Marriott had an even better opportunity early in the second half which he somehow managed to head wide after being found completely unmarked at the far post.

Marriott would make amends however by getting Posh back on terms just before the hour mark, mere seconds after Dru Yearwood had clattered to top of the crossbar up the other end for the home side.  

Gwion Edwards’ cross appeared to come off Demetriou and fall kindly to the feet of Marriott in the centre of the penalty area before the former Luton man provided the finishing touch to score his tenth goal of the season and bring Peterborough level.

Phil Brown was incensed after the linesman awarded what should have been a Blues throw to Peterborough in the lead up to Posh’s equaliser, but Southend had more to worry about as the visitors now had the bit between their teeth and were pushing hard for a winner.

And if it wasn’t for two superb saves from Oxley the visitors could well have gone in front with the Blues stopper saving twice from Maddison, firstly getting down to his right to stop a low drive before pulling off an even better save minutes later to tip another Maddison effort wide.

In search of a winner of their own, Brown threw on Nile Ranger and Theo Robinson and the latter had a great chance almost immediately as Blues broke only for his effort to be saved by Bond after being teed up by Simon Cox.

Having been a scrappy first half, you couldn’t take your eyes off the game in the second half as both sides created superb chances to take all three points.

Demetriou got on the end of a Michael Timlin cross to force a reaction save out of Bond before the Peterborough ‘keeper pulled off a brilliant diving save to tip over Josh Wright’s long-range effort.  

Oxley then had to produce a third top-drawer save as substitute Callum Chettle rose highest to head on goal only to see the Blues number one stop get a strong left hand to his goal-bound effort ensuring that both sides went home with a point.  

Blues XI: Oxley, Wordsworth, Timlin, Fortune (Ranger 68’), Cox, McLaughlin (Robinson 68’), Yearwood, Leonard (C), Demetriou, Wright, White. Subs Not Used: Bishop, Hendrie, Ba, Klass, Bwomono

Peterborough XI: Bond, Hughes, Tafazolli, Baldwin (C), Edwards, Maddison, Marriott, Da Silva Lopes, Anderson (Chettle 78’), Taylor, Grant. Subs Not Used: O’Malley, Shephard, Forrester, Miller, Lloyd, Kanu

Referee: Kevin Johnson

Assistants: Andrew Laver & Leigh Crowhurst

Fourth Official: Alan Dale


Southend United: Marc-Antoine Fortune 10’

Peterborough United: Jack Marriott 55’

Yellow Cards:

Southend United: Jason Demetriou 29’, Dru Yearwood 53’, Simon Cox 87’

Peterborough United: Jack Baldwin 20’, Leonardo Da Silva Lopes 84’

Attendance: 5,789

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Ticket News

Blues are back at Roots Hall under the floodlights Tuesday!

12 October 2017

Southend United face Peterborough United on Tuesday 17th October...

Southend United face fifth placed Peterborough United at Roots Hall on Tuesday 17th October under the floodlights with kick off at 7.45pm.

The Posh started the season brightly but two successive Sky Bet League One defeats against Oldham Athletic and Oxford United has dropped the Cambridgeshire outfit to the play-offs.

After a busy summer, Peterborough United brought in the likes of Jack Marriott, Ricky Miller and Steven Taylor to name a few.

Blues will be looking to continue their home form at Roots Hall following two league victories against AFC Wimbledon & Blackpool respectively. 

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