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Big Preview: Rochdale vs Southend United

26 April 2019

Rochdale vs Southend United...

Southend face another pivotal weekend in their fight for survival as they travel to the Crown Oil Arena to take on Rochdale in the penultimate game of the season tomorrow afternoon.   

Easter Monday’s win over Burton Albion lifted Blues out of the relegation zone and lifted the spirits in the camp with Southend hoping another win will be enough to secure their safety.

With 10 coach loads of Blues fans making their way on Saturday morning and over 950 tickets sold in advance, a raucous atmosphere is expected in Lancashire, but Rochdale won’t give Kevin Bond’s side an easy ride.

The Dale are in good form having picked up three wins from their last four to put themselves all but safe, five points clear of the drop zone with two games remaining.

Rochdale: WWLWLD

Southend United: WDLDLL

22nd December 2018: Southend United (White) 1 vs 2 (Williams, Camps) Rochdale

13th March 2018: Rochdale 0 vs 0 Southend United

2nd September 2017: Southend United 0 vs 0 Rochdale

Blues boss Kevin Bond could name an unchanged line up for the third game in succession after two impressive performances by Southend against Walsall and Burton Albion.

Bond confirmed that Rob Kiernan will be available at weekend, that’s despite the defender – turned midfielder in recent weeks - being pulled off at half-time in the win over Burton Albion.

Jason Demetriou is out as he begins his recovery from knee surgery while Blues continue to assess the fitness of Harry Lennon and Stephen Humphrys, both of whom didn’t feature over Easter.

Matt Done and Oliver Rathbone are in line for a recall after both were rested against Bristol Rovers on Monday, with Done only featuring in the final 23 minutes while Rathbone was kept to the bench.

Rochdale will also check on the availability of both Kgosietsile Ntlhe and Ryan McLaughlin after the two defenders missed the Easter Monday trip to the Memorial Stadium through injury. 

Kevin Bond, Southend United Manager:

"We just have to show a committed and concentrated performance and we need to be completely focused on the job.

"We’re capable of getting the result and we need to have a big focus and know the job that we need to do, I’m pretty sure that the team from an effort and endeavour perspective feel confident that they will give all of that.

"We just need to not do anything silly and get our fair share of luck and work hard then we will get something from the game."

Tickets will come off sale from the Blues Box Office at midday on Friday and any tickets that haven't been collected will be sent to Rochdale for collection on the day.

Tickets are also available on the day at the same prices as advertised - cash turnstiles or card from the Ticket Office. All bank cards, with the exception of America Express, are accepted.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Rochdale 1-0 Southend

27 April 2019

Blues’ fight for survival goes down to the final day of the season after Ian Henderson’s solitary strike was enough for Rochdale to beat Southend 1-0 at the Crown Oil Arena.

In tricky conditions, clear chances were at a premium in the first-half with Blues going closest when Taylor Moore’s looping header had to be tipped over by Josh Lillis.

Rochdale though would open the scoring early in the second-half, capitalising on a mistake from Timothee Dieng whose wayward back-pass resulted in a corner for the home side.

From the set-piece, Ethan Hamilton fired the ball on target, forcing a save from Mark Oxley, only for their captain Henderson to score what turned out to be the winner from close range.

In front of a superb 1,115 away fans, Southend thought they grabbed a late point when Stephen McLaughlin had the ball in the net in stoppage time, but it was ruled out for offside.

Victory for Rochdale secured their League One status for next season, while Blues now have to wait until the final game of the campaign against Sunderland at Roots Hall.

Having waited so long for a victory prior to last weekend’s 3-2 win over Burton Albion, Kevin Bond will have been disappointed that his side weren’t able to build on that morale-boosting win on Easter Monday with another victory this afternoon.

The Blues boss made two changes to the side that beat the Brewers last time out with Luke Hyam and Stephen Hendrie coming in for Dru Yearwood and Sam Hart, but with little over 10 minutes played, Bond had to change his plans as Hyam was forced off with a hamstring injury.

With both sides knowing that they could make themselves safe this afternoon, it made for a nervy opening first-half with Callum Camps having a couple of half-chances for the home side, forcing Mark Oxley into a routine save before screwing another shot wide.

Southend looked most threatening on the break and had a couple of opportunities to get the likes of Simon Cox and Harry Bunn through, but their best chance came from a set piece which Taylor Moore headed towards goal, requiring goalkeeper Josh Lillis to tip the defender's header over the bar.

Neither side could break the deadlock before the interval, but Blues found themselves behind early in the second-half after a lapse in concentration from Timothee Dieng gifted Rochdale a corner which they took full advantage of to take the lead through Ian Henderson.

A loose back-pass from Dieng resulted in the corner which fell to Ethan Hamilton on the edge of the area. The midfielder’s half-volley was well saved by Oxley, but the Southend stopper couldn’t hold onto the ball, allowing Henderson to tap in from close range and give Rochdale the lead.

For Blues to prevent their survival fight going down to the final day they needed to grab two goals to turn the contest around, but they almost fell further behind moments after going a goal down when another Rochdale corner was headed just wide by Henderson.

The home side had another opportunity to extend their lead snuffed out when Camps looked to be through on goal only for a superb last-ditch block from Michael Turner preventing the Dale from going further in front.

Southend Chairman Ron Martin had laid on free travel for Blues fans for their final away game of the season and they snapped up that offer in their droves, with 1,115 Southend fans making plenty of noise in the away end and trying to spur their side onto an equaliser.

Bond threw on a couple of more attacking options in Michael Kightly and Stephen McLaughlin as the visitors went in search of that leveller, but it wouldn’t materialise, although McLaughlin did have the ball in the back of the net in stoppage time only for it to be ruled out for offside.

The final whistle sparked a pitch invasion from the Rochdale fans as they celebrated securing their place in League One next season while Southend now must go into next weekend’s visit of Sunderland knowing they need at least a point for them to stay in the third tier.

Rochdale XI: Lillis, McNulty, Ebanks-Landell, Williams (Dooley 72’), Camps, Keohane, Wilbraham, Hamilton, Pyke (Done 63’), Bunney, Henderson (C)(Andrew 87’). Subs Not Used: Nthle, Delaney, Adshead, Wade

Blues XI: Oxley, Bwomono, Hyam (Dieng 13’)(Kightly 60’), Turner, Cox, Kiernan, Mantom (C), Moore, Bunn, Hendrie (McLaughlin 60’), White. Subs Not Used: Bishop, Yearwood, Kelman, Hart

Referee: Mr B Toner

Assistants: Mr D Ford & Mrs N Aspinall

Fourth Official: Mr M Edwards


Rochdale: Ian Henderson 53’

Southend United: None

Yellow Cards:

Rochdale: M.J Williams 37’

Southend United: None

Attendance: 5,000 (1,115 Away)

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Ticket News

Back the Blues away at Rochdale!

Get your tickets for this crucial game!

24 April 2019

Tickets for the final away game of the 2018/19 season are selling fast!

We have been allocated tickets in the Willbutts Lane Stand which are unreserved seating. There are also seven pairs of wheelchair and carer tickets. The total capacity of the away end is 3,500 and turnstiles open an hour before kick-off. 

Tickets will come off sale from the Blues Box Office at midday on Friday and any tickets that haven't been collected will be sent to Rochdale for collection on the day.

Tickets are also available on the day at the same price as shown below - cash turnstiles or card from the Ticket Office. All bank cards, with the exception of America Express, are accepted.

The club are also providing FREE coach travel to this game, more details on which can be found here.

Prices are as follows:

Category Price
Adults £22
Seniors (65+) £16
Young Person (17-21) £16
Junior (16 and under) £5
Two and under FREE

Ambulant disabled supporters are charged the age relevant price with a free carer if required, please note that proof of carer status or middle to higher band of disability will be required when purchasing these tickets.

Wheelchair users are charged the concession price with a carer being free of charge.

Please note that Rochdale do not offer student concessions.

Any supporter that is in possession of a concession ticket on match day and is not believed to qualify for the relevant concession will be directed to the Ticket Office to pay the upgrade amount to full adult ticket price.

Therefore it is suggested that all concessions bring with them, proof of their qualification for a concession ticket.

Please note that tickets will not be duplicated for any reason, please take this into consideration when asking for tickets to be posted.

Purchase tickets for the game from the Blues Box Office, Online or by calling 08444 770077.

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