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Powell previews Plymouth

10 August 2018

Southend United boss Chris Powell was pleased with the attacking play his side produced against Doncaster Rovers on the opening day of the season, but wants to see his side take their opportunities when they come along.

Blues created the most chances in Sky Bet League One on the opening day of the season but suffered a 3-2 defeat.

And ahead of the weekend trip to Plymouth on Saturday, Powell is looking for a response from his side.

“We’re away from home but that’s fine, we won on the road last year and we’re going to have to win on the road this year,” said Powell.

“They lost their first game like us, but it’s their first home game. They will be buoyant and they will be looking for a response to their performance at Walsall.

“We know what we’re going to be up against. Derek Adams will be looking to get his team up and running, but so will I.

“We don’t want a repeat of last year and we have to have a response. Whatever eleven represents us will have to get us going.”

Powell will be without Harry Lennon on Saturday, but he may opt to utilise the availability of others who impressed against Doncaster.

Theo Robinson came on and grabbed himself a goal, and the Blues chief said certain players have given him food for thought.

“It’s a 14-man game now,” Powell added. “You have your starting eleven, but you know you can choose any three from the seven subs, and you look to them to be ready and make a change in the game.

“Theo’s impact and impetus alongside Tom Hopper from slightly wider, Tom Dieng breaking from midfield and Sam Barratt. It made us look different.

“In one game we had a plan A and a plan B, and I think that’s always important.

“That’s quite good for us and for me as manager to see that we can make an impact playing a slightly different way, when under pressure as well.

“Theo made an impact and he’s scoring goals, like he did last year, and I like that. He would have been disappointed not to start, but football changes so quickly.

“We’ll see what happens with not only Theo, but one or two others. They gave me food for thought.

“We created the most chances in League One on Saturday; of course, you need to convert them as well, but if we keep creating then I’ll be a happy manager.”

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Match Reports

Match Report: Plymouth 1-1 Southend

11 August 2018

Blues are off the mark in League One after Jason Demetriou’s penalty salvaged a 1-1 draw against Plymouth Argyle at Home Park.

After a bright start from Blues which saw Tom Hopper have a goal ruled out for offside in the opening three minutes, Southend went behind after Graham Carey scored a contentious penalty.

Southend responded well with Hopper and Sam Mantom forcing fine saves from Matt Macey but there was little he could do about Demetriou’s spot-kick after Timothee Dieng was fouled.

Shortly after, both managers were given their marching orders after an altercation which meant they had to watch the second half from the now unused Grandstand.

But after a frenetic first-half, neither side could keep pace in the second period as both sides settled for their first points of the season.

Having been so soundly beaten 4-0 on their last visit to Argyle back in March, a point will be seen as a big improvement by Chris Powell’s side who hadn’t won at Home Park since 1999.

Coming off the back of an opening day defeat to Doncaster Rovers, Blues made two enforced changes with Harry Lennon and Luke Hyam both missing out through injuries, being replaced by John White and Timothee Dieng.

Blues started off brightly and thought they had struck as early as the third minute when Stephen McLaughlin’s shot was spilt by goalkeeper Matt Macey. Tom Hopper tapped in the rebound, but his celebrations were curtailed by the linesman’s offside flag.

McLaughlin – making his 200th appearance for Blues – was looking lively and he played in a dangerous low ball into the area for Hopper to get on the end of, but the striker wasn’t able to get the connection required to beat Macey from close range.

Southend was looking the most likely to open the scoring, but their momentum was brought to a halt when Plymouth won a contentious penalty after McLaughlin was adjudged to have brought down Tafari Moore, seconds after Mark Oxley had saved a Conor Grant header.

The referee was unmoved by the Argyle appeals but it was the linesman on the near-side that signalled for the spot kick, which was expertly put away by Graham Carey to give the home side the lead.  

Blues would have felt hard done by with that decision and set about levelling matters quickly, and they went close when Hopper forced a superb one-handed save from Macey with a low strike which had to be tipped around the post for a corner.

Macey was then called into action again after his punch fell kindly to Sam Mantom who rocketed a low half-volley towards the bottom corner only for Macey to thwart Blues once more.

However, from the resulting corner, Southend was given a penalty of their own after Ryan Taylor hauled down Timothee Dieng in the area. Jason Demetriou had the opportunity to level and he calmly rolled the ball into the net, sending Macey the wrong way to make it 1-1.

With the half-time interval fast approaching, a foul on Demetriou by Taylor resulted in an altercation between both benches, ending with both Powell and Derek Adams being shown a red card, forcing them to watch the second-half from the abandoned Grandstand.

After an end-to-end first-half, both sides were unable to keep up the pace in the second-half with neither side truly threatening their opposing goalkeepers.

Of the two sides, Southend looked the most likely to force a winner and went close when Ben Coker’s fizzed effort across goal was blazed over by Simon Cox at the far post.

Cox went close again minutes later when McLaughlin’s corner was headed across goal by White, but the striker couldn’t get the ball on target as his effort looped up and over the crossbar.

And with both sides seemingly settling for a point, substitute Michael Klass went perilously close to scoring his first senior goal after his low strike beat Macey but went wide of the far post as it remained 1-1.

Plymouth Argyle XI: Macey, Edwards, Ness, Fox (C)(Songo’o 65’), Taylor, Carey, Lameiras (Sawyer 55’), C Grant, Moore, Smith-Brown (Ladapo 70’), Wooton. Subs Not Used: Letheren, Canavan, J Grant, Wylde

Blues XI: Oxley (C), Demetriou, Turner, White, Coker, McLaughlin (Hendrie 90+2’), Dieng, Mantom, Kightly (Robinson 85’), Cox (Klass 81’), Hopper. Subs Not Used: Bishop, Bwomono, Kyprianou, McCoulsky

Referee: John Busby

Assistants: Andrew Laver & Ben Cobb

Fourth Official: Dean Treleaven


Plymouth Argyle: Graham Carey 21’(p)

Southend United: Jason Demetriou 38’(p)

Yellow Cards:

Plymouth Argyle: Ryan Taylor 41’

Southend United: John White 75’

Attendance: 9,886 (394 away)

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Ticket News

Plymouth Tickets Come Off Sale Midday

10 August 2018

Tickets for Blues' first away game of the season will be coming off sale midday today (Friday 10th August)...

Any tickets not collected by this time will be sent to the ground for collection on the day of the game.

Blues fans will be situated in the Barn Park Stand at Home Park for the game against Plymouth and we have been issued with 500 tickets.

Tickets are priced as follows:

  Advanced Matchday
Adults £22 £24
Concessions* £17 £19
Under 18s £9 £11
Wheelchair Adult £17** £19**
Wheelchair Over 65/18-21 £13** £15**
Wheelchair U18 £7 £9

Blues fans wishing to purchase tickets on the day of the game will have to go to the Main Ticket Office and will accept both card and cash payments.

*Concessions are over 65s, 18-21-year-olds and serving armed forces with a valid ID card.

**Please note wheelchairs and personal assistant tickets are located at the front of the stand and as such are exposed to the elements.

Ambulant disabled are charged the age relevant price with a free carer if in receipt of either the higher or enhanced rate of care or mobility.

Family Ticket

We have been issued 40 family tickets, which are for 1 adult and 1 child for £29.00.

These are only available either in person at the Box Office or via the phone on 08444 77 00 77.

Please note these tickets allow visiting families with younger children access to the designated Family Zone at Home Park. Upon arrival at the stadium, you should access through turnstiles 20/21, which lead you directly onto our family themed concourse. Here you will find a number of activities to entertain your children, both before the match and at half-time. This is a mixed zone for both home and away fans.

Plymouth have also ensured that their toilets have adequate facilities to accommodate the younger visitor, and the nearest catering outlet stocks appropriate food and beverage.

There is a limited amount of free parking within the car park adjacent to Home Park. There are designated disabled spaces within this area for Blue Badge holders but they are limited and on a first come, first served basis. There is street parking around Home Park but be aware some have permit parking only. Also be aware of the restrictions within the Life Centre car park as they do have enforcement officers who operate a clamp down on illegal parking.

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