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Big Preview: Southend United vs Burton Albion

21 April 2019

Southend United vs Burton Albion...

Southend United will hope to use the frustration of Good Friday’s draw against Walsall to push them on to a much needed three points on Easter Monday as Kevin Bond's side host Burton Albion at Roots Hall (1pm Kick-Off).

Blues side were mere seconds away from a vital victory at the Banks’s Stadium before Walsall won and converted a contentious penalty in the fourth minute of stoppage time, while they were also aggreived about having a second goal wrongly chalked off in the dying stages of the first half as the referee blew for half time.

With games running out, Blues know that this afternoon’s clash with the Brewers is almost must-win but they’ll face a tough task against an in-form Burton side who have won four of their last six.

Nigel Clough’s side are still mathematically – albeit unlikely – in with a shot of making the play-offs and they’ll be looking to make up for a disappointing defeat to Portsmouth on Good Friday.  

Southend United: DLDLLL

Burton Albion: LWDWWW

2nd October 2018: Burton Albion (Boyce) 1 vs 2 (Hopper, Cox) Southend United

22nd February 2016: Southend United (Wordsworth, Barnett, Mooney) 3 vs 1 (Beavon) Burton Albion

3rd October 2015: Burton Albion (Prosser OG) 1 vs 0 Southend United

Stephen Humphrys has been described as having a “slim chance” of returning against Burton Albion after the Blues striker wasn't risked against Walsall with a hamstring problem.

Kevin Bond will hope Simon Cox and Harry Bunn will have recovered sufficiently from Friday, but Bond does have the option of playing Charlie Kelman or Emile Acquah up front.

Sam Hart was taken off in the second-half against the Saddlers and will need to be assessed, while Luke Hyam’s early return from a hamstring problem will give Blues a boost in midfield.

Burton have a number of injury concerns after Scott Fraser, Stephen Quinn and Marcus Harness were all forced off in their Good Friday defeat against Portsmouth.

A certain absentee though for the Brewers will be Brad Collins who has a groin issue, whilst Jake Buxton is also facing a race to be fit having missed Friday’s game through injury. 

Kevin Bond, Southend United Manager:

“I’ve got nothing but praise for the lads really because I thought they put in a terrific performance [at Walsall]. The only thing I think we may be guilty of is we had a couple of chances to wrap the game up, but I don’t think that excuses the referee for making the mistakes that he’s made.

“I couldn’t complain about the attitude and the applications of the players, I thought they were first class. We’ve got to do the same again [against Burton], the same sort of performance on Monday; three games to go we’ve got to keep fighting.”

Nigel Clough, Burton Albion Manager:

“They will be fighting and scrapping for their lives. Every team we are up against at the moment has something to play for which is good as they get a bit nervy and edgy at times.

“Southend will have three games which will all be cup finals and it will be a warm day down there with only a couple of days in between to rest.

“I hope our lads want to take the injustice of the result against Portsmouth out on Southend. We have been playing well all season and no team in the league will be too keen on playing us at the moment.”

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Match Reports

Match Report: Southend 3-2 Burton

22 April 2019

Southend grabbed a vital three points in their fight for survival as they put in a gutsy performance to beat Burton Albion 3-2 at Roots Hall with Timothee Dieng’s header proving to be the winner.

Blues took the lead midway through the first-half when Simon Cox played a low ball into the box for Sam Mantom to slide in and score from close range.

Southend then doubled their lead early in the second-half when Cox had the wherewithal to pick out Harry Bunn at the far post for a tap in and put daylight between the two sides.

Burton though got one back on the hour mark when John Brayford scored with a neat finish after getting on the end of a Reece Hutchinson cross.

But Blues would come back and restore their two-goal lead shortly after when Dieng rose highest to nod in Michael Kightly’s far post cross to put Southend on course for three huge points.

Mark Oxley pulled off a superb save to deny Lucas Akins late on before Marcus Harness slotted in to make it a nervy finish with four minutes of normal time remaining.

Kevin Bond’s side though held out for their first win under his stewardship and first since mid-January as they climbed out of the relegation zone ahead of the 3pm kick-offs.

Having been so hard done by in their draw with Walsall on Good Friday, Bond chose to stick with the same starting line up to face the Brewers at Roots Hall with Michael Turner making his 500th career appearance.

Visitors Burton had some misfortune of their own last time out, losing out to a controversial injury-time goal at home to Portsmouth, and they made the better start of the two sides with Mark Oxley needing to have his wits about him to prevent Lucas Akins getting in after just three minutes.

Nigel Clough’s side kept the pressure on in the early exchanges, but once Blues had weathered the storm, they began putting the Brewers under the cosh themselves, with Simon Cox and Harry Bunn linking well for the latter to volley straight at Stephen Bywater midway through the half.

Seconds though after missing that chance, Cox was on hand to provide Sam Mantom with the opportunity to put Blues in front which he duly took. Cox’s low cross from the right found the run of the Southend skipper who slid in to score from close range and give Kevin Bond’s side the lead.

Mantom’s seventh goal of the season was Southend’s first goal at home in over two months and the midfielder’s first strike since Blues beat Bradford back in January – Southend’s last win – an omen perhaps that Southend’s long winless run was finally about to come to an end?

Both sides had a couple of half chances before the break, with Cox heading over a Bunn cross before Ben Fox tested Mark Oxley from distance, before the game ground to a halt when Liam Boyce fell awkwardly in the area and needed to be taken off on a stretcher.

After the game resumed, Blues had a great chance to double their lead after a poor touch from Kyle McFadzean allowed Southend to start a counter. Mantom’s low cross found its way to Bunn on the edge of the area whose shot was superbly blocked by Kieran Wallace to keep the score at 1-0.

The effort from the Blues players was there for all to see in the first-half but they desperately needed a second to help lift any lingering nerves around Roots Hall and within five minutes of the interval, Bunn doubled Southend’s advantage.

Mantom’s second attempt at a corner went out to the far post and Cox’s snap-shot was well saved by Bywater. The ball though fell straight back to Cox who had the wherewithal to pick out Bunn at the far post for the simplest of tap-ins and put Southend two goals to the good.

That advantage though wouldn’t survive the hour as Burton got one back through their skipper John Brayford. Reece Hutchinson’s cross from the left found the run of Brayford who was unmarked, guiding his volley beyond Oxley to put the visitors back in it.

Brayford’s goal ramped up the pressure on the home side that only a third Blues goal would alleviate, and Southend went mightily close to putting daylight between the two sides when Luke Hyam jinked his way in to shoot only for Bywater to save with an instinctive swat at the ball.

Michael Kightly was Bond’s final throw of the dice from the bench and, against one of his former clubs, the midfielder made an immediate impact, winning a couple of free-kicks in dangerous areas and providing the assist for a vital third goal for Blues with less than 15 minutes remaining.

After being scythed down by Stephen Quinn right on the edge of the area, Kightly dusted himself off to clip the ball in at the far post and find the head of Timothee Dieng who headed beyond Bywater and put Southend, seemingly, on course for their first win in 16 games.

Burton though still had time to make it a nervy finish for Blues and after seeing Oxley deny Akins’ bullet-header with a superb diving save, the visitors would reduce the deficit to one once more when Marcus Harness was slid in to score past Oxley with four minutes remaining.

Five minutes added time were shown but Blues stoically held firm with the final whistle being greeted by a thunderous roar from the home fans who’d been superb all game, singing Blues towards victory as Southend climbed out of the drop zone ahead of the 3pm games.

Blues XI: Oxley, Bwomono, Turner, Cox, Kiernan (Hyam 46’), Yearwood (Dieng 67’), Mantom (C), Moore, Bunn (Kightly 72’), Hart, White. Subs Not Used: Bishop, McLaughlin, Hendrie, Kelman

Burton Albion XI: Bywater, Brayford (C)(Clarke 83’), Allen, McFadzean, Akins, Fox, Harness, Hutchinson, Wallace, Quinn (McCrory 78’), Boyce (Bradley 38’). Subs Not Used: Hawkins, Miller, Campbell

Referee: Dean Whitestone

Assistants: Andrew Williams & Rob Smith

Fourth Official: Stuart Butler

Scorers:

Southend United: Sam Mantom 18’, Harry Bunn 48’, Timothee Dieng 77’

Burton Albion: John Brayford 60’, Marcus Harness 86’

Yellow Cards:

Southend United: Simon Cox 80’

Burton Albion: Ben Fox 74’, Stephen Quinn 77’

Attendance: 6,169 (142 Away)

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Ticket News

It's Retro Day On Easter Monday!

21 April 2019

Blues are back at Roots Hall next week with some Easter Monday football against Burton Albion.

We are once again asking fans to put on an old Southend United shirt and wear it to this game as part of our Retro Day!

The Easter Monday fixture is the perfect day to take the whole family out to enjoy some local football and ticket prices for the game are as follows:

Category Advanced Matchday
Adult (23-59) £22 £25
Senior (60+) £15 £18
Young Adult (17-22) £14 £17
Student (with valid ID) £14 £17
Junior (9-16) £10 £12
Under 9 £4 £5

Family Enclosure ticket prices are as follows:

Family enclosure (Blocks P, Q and R in the West Stand and the South Lower) Advance  Matchday
Family Ticket (1 Adult and 1 Under 16) £22 £25
Additional Adult £18 £20
Additional Junior £4 £5
Additional Under 9 £4 £5
Senior (60+) £15 £18
Young Adult (17-22) £14 £17
Student (with valid ID) £14 £17

Remember that members of the emergency services can purchase tickets to the game for a discounted price of £15!

Get behind the boys at Roots Hall and secure your tickets for this all-important clash with the Brewers!

A ticket pricing list can be found by clicking here.

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

Thank you all for your continued support!

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