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Big Preview: Southend United vs Northampton Town

15 September 2017

Southend United vs Northampton Town

Southend entertain Northampton Town tomorrow afternoon at Roots Hall as the Cobblers make the relatively short trip south off the back of two successive wins.

The appointment of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has paid immediate dividends with Northampton beating Doncaster and Portsmouth having previously lost all of their opening four league games.

By contrast, Southend have failed to win any of their last eight matches in all competitions although there were plenty of positives to take from recent defeats to Charlton and Shrewsbury.

Phil Brown is hopeful of having a few more players to call upon as his injury list begins to decrease and he’ll want to see recent positive performances turn into positive results sooner rather than later.  

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Ref Watch: Northampton Town

14 September 2017

Southend United: LLDLDD

Northampton Town: WWDLLL

18th February 2017: Southend United (McGlashan, Cox) 2 vs 2 (Richards, O’Toole) Northampton Town

24th September 2016: Northampton Town (O’Toole, Revell, Taylor, Anderson) 4 vs 0 Southend United

3rd January 2015: Northampton Town (D’Ath) 1 vs 1 (Coulthirst) Southend United

Nile Ranger will be back in contention for Blues after missing out Tuesday night against Shrewsbury Town whilst John White is hopeful of a return following a groin injury.

Anthony Wordsworth could also feature for the first time this season having missed the entirety of the campaign so far with a hamstring problem.

Michael Turner is closing in on a return but won’t be available this weekend, neither will Rob Kiernan or Ben Coker as they continue their recoveries from injury.

The visitors will be without midfielder Shaun Williams who’s expected to be out for two weeks after being taken off on a stretcher during their midweek win against Portsmouth.

John-Joe O’Toole – who scored in both fixtures against Blues last season – is also out with a groin injury and he’ll be joined on the sidelines by Sam Foley and Sam Hoskins.

Match Previews

Preview: Brown on Academy, Northampton and Injuries

14 September 2017

Phil Brown, Southend United Manager;

“It will be a tough game. I wouldn’t say in-form side but you would say two wins out of two, he’s [Hasselbaink] doing something right.

“We know what he’s all about. He’s about hard work, he likes a bit of quality in his side and they’ve got an old player that used to be here in Alex Revell is leading the line.

“It appears he’s shifted from a 4-3-3 to a 4-4-2 – there’s lots of little things that he’s changed, but he’s just reinvigorated them. He’s given them a little bit of belief and that’s the hard part of the game.

“Our belief will be buoyed by the fact we’ve had two good performances against two very in-form teams. Two teams at the very top of our division.”

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Northampton Town Manager;

“It’s a different challenge for us on Saturday but our approach will be the same.

“Playing away from home we might have to tweak our tactics a little bit but we want to play with the same energy and togetherness regardless of whether we are playing at home or away.

“We might have to be a bit more patient and we might come under some more pressure from the crowd being away from home but you have to embrace that.

“Every game in this league is very difficult, you have to be at it all the time and you can’t just turn it on when you want to turn it on.”

Southend United are continueing to support the Grenfell Tower victims by donating £1 from every home match adult ticket sold that takes place up until 30th September.

Tickets are still available to purchase here.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Southend 2-2 Northampton

16 September 2017

Southend United rescued themselves a point as they came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Northampton thanks to second half goals from Jason Demetriou and Anthony Wordsworth.

The Cobblers came to Roots Hall off the back of successive wins following the appointment of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and looked set to make that three wins on the spin before the break.

Leon Barnett’s effort midway through the first half appeared to be deflected in off of Nile Ranger before Matt Crooks stroked the ball beyond Mark Oxley from outside the area to make it two.

Southend had been far from their best in the opening 45 minutes but came out like a different side, and within five minutes of the second half starting they were level.

Blues got themselves back into the game when Jason Demetriou was teed up Stephen McLaughlin, with his strike hitting the back of a Northampton defender and hitting the back of the net.

Less than three minutes later and Southend hit parity as Anthony Wordsworth picked off a poor clearance to slot the ball beyond Matt Ingram to level the scores.

Both sides had half chances the snatch all three points in the final minutes of the games but neither could break through for a third time with both teams settling for a point.

Despite the spirited comeback from Blues to rescue a point, it was still a ninth game without a win for Phil Brown’s side but it did end their run of two straight defeats.

Having been unfortunate to come away from Shrewsbury with nothing in midweek, Phil Brown made three changes to his side to face Northampton, including the return of Anthony Wordsworth.

Simon Cox and Nile Ranger came in to lead the line but it was up the other end that the Blues number 50 would feature prominently in Northampton’s opening goal of the afternoon.

After a poor opening 20 minutes in which neither side created much at all in front of goal, the Cobblers broke the deadlock after Yaser Kasim’s low corner found its way to Leon Barnett.

The defender’s first-time effort on the half-volley angled towards the near post and, despite the presence of Ranger on the line, the ball squirmed into the net to give the visitors the lead.

Ranger knew he should have done better with his attempted clearance and came close to redeeming himself when he got in goal-side only for his strike to lack the power required to beat Matt Ingram.

Ingram was needed again minutes later and survived a sterner test of his goalkeeping ability as he done brilliantly well to tip over Cox’s superbly-struck volley from outside the area.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s appointment at Northampton had coincided with the Cobblers winning their last two games and before the break, they were well on their way to making it three in a row.

Daniel Powell got himself into a dangerous position but after Anton Ferdinand came across, Powell spun and laid the ball off for Matt Crooks to side-foot the ball past Mark Oxley from 20-yards out.

It was a smart finish from the Northampton man and as the half-time whistle blew Southend were greeted with boos from a selection of the home fans as Blues faced a ninth game without a win.

After such a poor first half for the Blues they needed quick goals to get themselves back into the game and not only did they get one but they scored two in three minutes to bring themselves level.

The first came after Crooks caught Cox on the edge of the area. Stephen McLaughlin laid the free-kick off for Jason Demetriou whose first-time shot took a huge deflection to deceive Ingram.

Demetriou’s goal came less than three minutes into the half and just over two minutes later Blues had wiped out Northampton’s two-goal lead as Wordsworth scored on his return.

Wordsworth ghosted in after picking off a poor headed clearance by Northampton, taking the ball into the area with his first touch and calmly slotting the ball past Ingram with his second.

Southend had come out like a different team after the interval and feel they should have taken the lead when Demetriou’s cross found McLaughlin at the far post only for his header to go wide.

After such a frantic start to the second period the game settled right down with both sides now in search of a vital third goal which would likely secure them all three points.

Theo Robinson was brought on as Blues went with three up top in search of a winner and only some last-ditch tackling inside the Northampton area was all that stopped Southend converting after a goal-mouth scramble.

Stephen Hendrie – another second-half sub – had the ball fall to him at the far post but the full-back could only screw his shot wide of Ingram’s near post and Southend continued to press for a winner.

Neither side though was able to break through for a third time in the game as both sides were made to settle for a draw and a point apiece.

In the final few moments, Northampton’s goalscorer Crooks failed to retreat for a Blues free kick. Having been booked in the first half for his foul on Cox that lead to Southend’s first goal he was given his marching orders six minutes into injury time.

Blues XI: Oxley, Wordsworth (McGlashan 61’), Ferdinand (C), Timlin, Cox, McLaughlin (Robinson 76’), Yearwood (Hendrie 66’), Leonard, Demetriou, Kyprianou, Ranger. Subs Not Used: Smith, Fortune, Klass, Bwomono

Northampton XI: Ingram, Moloney, Buchanan (C), Kasim, Barnett, Taylor, Revell, Powell, Long (Waters 59’), Crooks, Grimes. Subs Not Used: Cornell, Richards, Bowditch, Pierre, Poole, Hanley

Referee: Nicholas Kinseley

Assistants: Kevin Howick & Paul Kelly

Fourth Official: Paul Yates

Scorers:

Southend United: Jason Demetriou 48’, Anthony Wordsworth 50’

Northampton Town: Leon Barnett 19’, Matt Crooks 43’

Yellow Cards:

Southend United: Michael Timlin 61’, Dru Yearwood 62’, Anton Ferdinand 90+6’

Northampton Town: Brendan Moloney 39’, Matt Crooks 47’, Leon Barnett 67’

Red Cards:

Southend United: None

Northampton Town: Matt Crooks 90+6’

Attendance: 6,532

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