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Big Preview: Fleetwood Town vs Southend United

5 April 2019

Fleetwood Town vs Southend United...

Kevin Bond takes charge of his first game as Blues boss tomorrow afternoon as he takes his new charges up to Lancashire to take on Fleetwood Town at Highbury Stadium.

Following a run of 12 games without a win, Southend remain outside the relegation zone by the proverbial skin of their teeth and will be hoping game 13 will be their lucky number.  

Their opponents Fleetwood will be having other ideas as they cling on to hopes of sneaking into the play-off spots with the Cod Army currently eight points off the top six with seven games to play.

Back-to-back wins over Plymouth and Accrington have kept Joey Barton’s side in the hunt and they’ll not want to easily let slip a potentially vital three points in their push for promotion.

Fleetwood Town: WWLLDW

Southend United: LLLLDL

22nd September 2018: Southend United (Cox) 1 vs 0 Fleetwood Town

13th January 2018: Southend United (Kightly) 1 vs 2 (Diagouraga, Madden) Fleetwood Town

23rd September 2017: Fleetwood Town (Bell, Cole) 2 vs 4 (Cox, McLaughlin, Ranger, McGlashan) Southend United

Striker Stephen Humphrys returned to training this week for Blues after recovering from a series of facial injuries but he’s unlikely to feature at the weekend as he continues to return to fitness.

Youngster Emile Acquah will hope to build on his first Southend start last weekend by partnering Simon Cox up front as Blues look to end a run of three games without scoring.

Defender Harry Lennon is available again after getting through 45 minutes of the reserves’ game in midweek while Taylor Moore, who wasn’t selected last weekend, is also an option at the back.

Fleetwood are expected to be without Rangers loanee Jason Holt after he picked up a knee injury in their win over Accrington while Ryan Taylor continues to be missing with a broken nose.  

Experienced midfielder Dean Marney is a doubt with a calf injury, despite returning to training, along with James Wallace who is working his way back from a hamstring/knee problem. 

Kevin Bond, Southend United Manager:

“We need to try and get through the game without conceding a goal, get a point, get three points, give ourselves something to build from if we can. It’s a process that we aren’t going to be good or great overnight, it’s going to be a gradual thing.

“While they’re all good lads and they’re all together, it’s human nature that a run of poor results becomes wary. We need to address that, get something from somewhere in our next game and build from that to get the lads confident.

“We are capable of better than where we are but it won’t just be somebody coming in and that makes everyone confident, it’s a process.”

Joey Barton, Fleetwood Town Manager:

“They have some quality performers in their squad and we expect them to be different this time around with the new manager at the helm. We went down to their place earlier in the season and lost so we have a great opportunity to put that right this weekend.

“The focus is on us on Saturday as we are where we are in the league for a reason. It can really give us a boost in our play-off push, however, we know it is a long shot. I still don’t think there’s pressure on us because there are sides up there with points on the board. We do have a chance to put that right, we still believe as we are coming into form at the right time.”

On sale from the Blues Box Office until midday, and then available on the day from any of the ticket offices around the ground (cash or card) - no price increase.

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Match Report: Fleetwood 2-2 Southend

6 April 2019

Southend United’s fighting spirit, work rate, and endeavour was rewarded with a well-earned point on the road against Fleetwood Town in Kevin Bond’s first game in charge.

Blues took the lead twice, first through Harry Bunn’s precise finish from close range and then late on from Luke Hyam’s rifled effort, his first since joining last summer, but Ched Evans cancelled out both, arguably undeserved, to earn his side a share of the spoils.

Fleetwood pushed for a winner, but again Blues rose to the challenge and showed the sort of characteristics that is required in their challenge to stay in League One, and which will impress the brilliant 200-plus supporters who made the long trip to Lancashire; again our supporters proved to be some of the best in the EFL and were, thankfully, rewarded.

Having won their last two, Fleetwood knew that to stay in with a chance of sneaking into the play-off places they needed to win this match. But despite their best efforts Blues matched them punch for punch, and better! 

Southend travelled to Highbury Stadium having never tasted defeat on the Fylde coast and Blues’ first decent opportunity came a little over a quarter of an hour in when Simon Cox got into a good position only to drag his shot wide. It was clear to see how much more intensity there was about the side and that was resulting in some good attacking moves, one which was to pay off greatly not long after.

Bond’s side upped the ante further and went in front when a wayward back header from Ross Wallace was picked off by Cox. The striker teed up Michael Kightly whose shot was blocked into the air and into the path of Harry Bunn who placed the ball out the reach of Fleetwood’s goalkeeper, into the bottom corner to put Southend 1-0 in front.

It was the least Southend deserved after an opening 45 minutes of virtual dominance that our fans didn’t want to end. There was a greatly-improved attacking threat compared to recent weeks from Blues against a side that were still hoping to make the play-offs, and their supremacy in the first half was demonstrated quite simply by Joey Barton’s double substitution at half-time as Hunter and Nadesan entered the fray.

Fleetwood did improve in the second half and Nathan Bishop excellently denied Paddy Madden with his outstretched foot, showing his goalkeeping prowess. Just before the hour mark Fleetwood equalised when Nadesan slipped the ball into the feet of Evans inside the box before firing home.

Neither side were going to settle for a point and Ashley Eastham had a great chance to head Fleetwood in front from a free-kick but his attempt lacked power. Blues immediately broke and substitute Stephen Humphrys, a welcome return to the squad and off the bench for the first time since his awful facial injuries suffered against Accrington Stanley, had a chance on the edge of the area which was deflected wide. Humphrys, sporting his mask for the first time, was showing no ill-effects as he got up to win a header with his first touch.

Late on Southend then won themselves a free-kick wide on the left, and with Blues throwing bodies forward they were rewarded by retaking the lead. The set-piece fell to Jason Demetriou whose blocked shot was straight into the path of Luke Hyam who hammered the ball home from inside the penalty area to once again restore the advantage and spark wild jubilation from Blues loyal supporters.

But it was short-lived as Evans converted from the penalty spot after Paddy Madden was fouled, albeit not deliberate, and which was tough on our players. 

Six minutes of additional time were shown and, despite a series of set-pieces for the home side, Southend held firm for a point which they duly deserved and one which could be a vital one come the end of the season.

There were many more positives to take away which would’ve delighted the loyal Southend supporters watching their side for the first time under new management with impressive performances from the likes of Hyam and Rob Kiernan, who flourished in a new-look midfield position. 

The duo looked calm and composed on the ball, with an eye for a pass, coupled with the steeliness required to win back possession and experience to maintain the team’s shape when without that ball. It looked like a pairing that could be instrumental in the final five games of the season.

 

 

Fleetwood Town XI: Cairns, Coyle, Burns, Evans (C), Souttar, Madden, Wallace, Husband, Biggins (Nadesan 46’), Sowerby (Eastham 69’), Rydel (Hunter 46’). Subs Not Used: Jones, Sheron, Baggley, Hill

Blues XI: Bishop, Hyam, Kightly, Cox, Kiernan, Mantom (Dieng 81’), Demetriou (C), Lennon, Bunn (Humphrys 69’), Hart (Bwomono 89’), White. Subs Not Used: Oxley, Yearwood, Moore, Kelman

Referee: P Wright

Assistants: G Fyvie & G Hilton

Fourth Official: I Dudley

Scorers:

Fleetwood Town: Ched Evans 59’, (p)84’

Southend United: Harry Bunn 21’, Luke Hyam 81’

Yellow Cards:

Fleetwood Town: Harry Souttar 38’, Wes Burns 55’, Ashley Hunter 80’

Southend United: Luke Hyam 78’, John White 90+3’

Attendance: TBC (TBC Away)

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Fleetwood Town tickets coming off sale

5 April 2019

Tickets for Blues' clash against Fleetwood Town on 6 April will be coming off sale at midday on Friday 5th April...

We have been allocated 100 standing tickets and 150 seated tickets and they will come off sale on Friday at midday.

Any tickets not collected by this time will be sent to Fleetwood to collect on the day of the game and will be available to collect from the white ticket collection booth, located next to the Main Ticket Office/Club Shop.

There is no price increase to buy on the day, and they can be purchased from any of the ticket offices around the ground (cash or card).

Prices:

Percy Ronson (Standing)

Adult  £22
Over 65  £17
Under 25  £17
Under 16  £7
Under 5 FREE (only available from the Ticket Office)


Parkside (Seating)

Adult  £24
Over 65  £19
Under 25  £19
Under 16  £8
Under 5 FREE (only available from the Ticket Office)

Tickets can be purchased online, in person or by phone (08444 770077)

Please note that Fleetwood are not able to duplicate standing tickets, please consider this when asking for tickets to be posted.

There are up to 7 wheelchair accessible bays available located in the Parkside Stand, these need to be purchased from Fleetwood Town ticket office on 01253 775080 (option 1)

Disabled supporters pay the age relevant price with a complimentary carer if required. 

Please note if you are purchasing concession tickets, proof of ID may be requested when entering the ground, if you are unable to provide documentation, you may be asked to upgrade or entry may be refused. 

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