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Big Preview: Southend United vs Wycombe Wanderers

12 April 2019

Southend United vs Wycombe Wanderers...

Mention Southend and Wycombe and it’ll no doubt conjure up memories of that day back in 2015 when Blues gained a dramatic promotion to League One via a penalty shoot-out at Wembley.

Fast forward four years and now both sides meet again in another huge clash, although this time the prize on offer is a potentially vital three points to help aid their respective survival hopes.

Blues dropped into the relegation zone during the week thanks to Rochdale’s win over Accrington but a win over The Chairboys for Southend would see them leapfrog Wycombe out of the drop zone.

Kevin Bond’s side will have been boosted by last week’s positive result away at Fleetwood and Bond will be hoping for a happy homecoming as he makes his first Roots Hall appearance as manager.

Southend United: DLLLLD

Wycombe Wanderers: LLLLLD

29th September 2018: Wycombe Wanderers (Mackail-Smith, Akinfenwa) 2 vs 3 (Robinson, Hopper, Cox) Southend United

23rd May 2015: Southend United (Pigott) 1 vs 1 (Bentley OG) Wycombe Wanderers (7-6 Pens)

7th March 2015: Southend United (Corr 2) 2 vs 2 (Craig, Mawson) Wycombe Wanderers

Stephen Humphrys will be pushing for his first start for Blues since picking up a facial injury in mid-February after he made a return from the bench last weekend against Fleetwood.

Harry Bunn faces a race to be fit after the midfielder was forced off with a hamstring problem last weekend, while another midfielder Luke Hyam is also a doubt.

He and defender Jason Demetriou are both nursing knocks and will be assessed ahead of Saturday while Stephen McLaughlin is a certain absentee as he continues to recover from a calf problem.

Wycombe will hope to have Nathan Tyson and loanee Luke Bolton available for the weekend after the midweek game against Charlton came too soon for the returning pair.

Matt Bloomfield was another one who was forced to miss out against the Addicks after picking up an injury against Portsmouth and will be assessed ahead of the trip to Essex. 

Kevin Bond, Southend United Manager:

“We just know that it’s going to be one almighty battle. I saw Wycombe play on Tuesday night and they were tremendously committed, they gave everything they had in terms of effort and endeavour and as a result of that their supporters stayed with them till the very last minute of the game.

“They were undone by a little bit of quality on the night but kept going right until the very end. They do carry real threats as well but have similarly found it very difficult to win recently, but make no mistake they are a very live danger.

“First of all, we need to match them on the basics otherwise we will come up short.”

Gareth Ainsworth, Wycombe Wanderers Manager:

“The boys believe that if they keep playing this way, it will be enough to stay up, and I’m not going to burst their bubble because I agree.

“We’ve got momentum with the performances we’ve been putting in, but we just need to take every opportunity now.

“I’d love us to play well and deserve our victories, but equally I’d just love us to get the wins we need, however they come. You want to deserve what you get, but we haven’t been getting what we deserve.”

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Match Report: Southend 0-2 Wycombe

13 April 2019

Blues were dealt a blow to their survival hopes as Adebayo Akinfenwa’s brace gave Wycombe a 2-0 win over Southend at Roots Hall.

Neither side could break the other down in the first-half, with no team able to create a clear-cut opportunity in front of goal.

But the Chairboys would go in front midway through the second-half when Scott Kashket’s low ball across the face of goal was put in at the far post by Akinfenwa.

The striker then doubled Wycombe’s lead three minutes later when another cross, this time from the right, found its way to Akinfenwa who looped his header in, securing the points for the visitors.

There was to be no happy homecoming for boss Kevin Bond, who was making his first appearance at Roots Hall following his appointment, and he’d have been disappointed not to have built on last weekend’s morale-boosting performance and point at Fleetwood.

It was a nervy first-half from both sides in a game that neither could really afford to lose and the unchanged visitors created the first chance of note from a set-piece as Scott Kashket’s free-kick hit the Blues wall before falling to Dominic Gape whose effort was deflected wide for a corner.

Southend boss Kevin Bond was making his first appearance at Roots Hall as manager and he made two changes to the side that deservedly earned a point at Fleetwood last weekend with Stephen Humphrys and Timothee Dieng coming in for Harry Bunn and Luke Hyam.

One of the highlights of last weekend's draw in Lancashire was the build-up play from Blues and they exhibited more of the same here as Humphrys, Sam Mantom and Simon Cox combined well before Cox’s looped ball into the far post was headed away from danger.

Adebayo Akinfenwa had a decent opportunity for the Chairboys but his header inside the penalty area lacked the power needed to beat Nathan Bishop, while Southend had a headed opportunity of their own go begging when Dieng headed over from Sam Hart’s free-kick.

Bond was then dealt a blow when his captain, Jason Demetriou, was forced off through injury but it didn’t disrupt the home side who had a chance fall to Mantom whose shot went straight down the throat of Allsop as the game remained goalless going into the interval.

Early after the restart, Wycombe thought they had a clear shout for a penalty turned down by referee David Coote after Dieng swung a leg at Kashket in the box. The midfielder went down under the challenge but instead of winning a penalty he was booked for simulation.

It was looking like one goal would decide the outcome of the contest and Bond threw on some fresh legs up front to try and force a winner as Emile Acquah replaced Humphrys to partner Cox in attack, but Blues were caught out just seconds later as Wycombe took the lead.

Kashket’s burst of pace down the left got him into position to play a low ball across the face of the Southend goal where Akinfenwa was lurking to score in front of the travelling Wycombe fans and give Bond’s side a mountain to climb to get an elusive win.

And that climb was made twice as difficult as the Wycombe striker, known as ‘The Beast’, put the visitors further in front just three minutes later. A deep cross from the right was headed back across goal by Akinfenwa, looping over Bishop and into the bottom corner to make it 2-0.

Southend needed a goal and quickly to spark any sort of comeback and a goalmouth scramble ended when Harry Lennon’s prodded effort deflecting into the arms of goalkeeper Allsop before he and other Wycombe players fell to the floor.

Blues won a number of set-pieces late on as time began to run out, but they were unable to force the ball into the back of the net and stage a turnaround, as Wycombe held on for their first win in 13 matches.

Blues XI: Bishop, Kightly (McLaughlin 61’), Dieng, Cox, Kiernan, Mantom, Demetriou (C)(Bwomono 33’), Lennon, Humphrys (Acquah 68’), Hart, White. Subs Not Used: Oxley, Turner, Yearwood, Bunn

Wycombe Wanderers XI: Allsop, Jombati, Gape, El-Abd (C), Kashket, Harriman, Thompson, Akinfenwa (Cowan-Hall 82’), Freeman, Samuel, McCarthy. Subs Not Used: Ma-Kalambay, Jacobson, Stewart, Bean, Bloomfield, Owens

Referee: David Coote

Assistants: Stephen Child & Edward Smart

Fourth Official: Daniel Robathan

Scorers:

Southend United: None

Wycombe Wanderers: Adebayo Akinfenwa 69’, 72’

Yellow Cards:

Southend United: Michael Kightly 43’

Wycombe Wanderers: Scott Kashket 47’, Adebayo Akinfenwa 67’

Attendance: 7,689 (722 Away)

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Wycombe Wanderers Tickets

Get your tickets for Kevin Bond's first home game and get Roots Hall rocking!

11 April 2019

Southend United take on Gareth Ainsworth's Wycombe Wanderers in their next important Sky Bet League One fixture.

Blues boss Kevin Bond will be taking charge of his first home match when the Chairboys visit Roots Hall on Saturday for what is set to be a real battle with both sides in a relegation scrap.

Bond's blue army picked up a positive point on the road against Fleetwood Town last weekend in front a excellent following of 200+ loyal Southend supporters. The new shape and discipline from the side was very promising and everyone came away from Highbury Stadium buoyant and hopeful for what lies ahead in the remaining five games.

But the team are nothing without a voice and that's where you ALL can help the team. Your support is vital and we need you to bring your passion and belief to help create a vibrant atmosphere.

Welcome Bond to Roots Hall and secure your tickets for this all-important clash with the Chairboys!

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.

Please note that all hospitality for the Wycombe Wanderers fixture is SOLD OUT. 

Thank you all for your continued support!

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