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Big Preview: Coventry City vs Southend United

28 December 2018

Coventry City vs Southend United...

Blues will be looking to see out 2018 with a second successive victory as they travel to the Ricoh Arena to take on Coventry City tomorrow afternoon.

Following their Boxing Day win over Oxford, Southend have their eye on their first back-to-back league wins since September with Chris Powell desperate for his side to find some consistency.

Coventry themselves go into tomorrow’s meeting off the back of a Boxing Day win with a 90th-minute winner against high-flyers Charlton ending their seven-game winless run in the league.  

Like Southend, they too have been hit with a mounting injury-list, but the Sky Blues will be hopeful of completing a league double over Blues having won 2-1 at Roots Hall back in October.

Coventry City: WLLLLD

Southend United: WLWLDL

20th October 2018: Southend United (Hopper) 1 vs 2 (Hiwula, Jones) Coventry City

14th March 2017: Coventry City 0 vs 2 (Ranger, Leonard) Southend United

10th December 2016: Southend United (Wordsworth, Ferdinand, McLaughlin) 3 vs 1 (Agyei) Coventry City

Blues are hopeful Harry Bunn will be available for selection again with the midfielder having missed the last three games due to a thigh injury.

Boss Chris Powell though is unsure as to when goalkeeper Mark Oxley will be back in the squad with the Blues number one missing the last two matches with a back problem picked up in training.

That’ll likely mean Nathan Bishop will continue in goal after keeping his first senior clean-sheet on Boxing Day, with Jason Demetriou and Harry Lennon not expected back until mid-January.

Coventry midfielder Luke Thomas and striker Jordan Ponticelli are expected to be unavailable at the weekend, although skipper Michael Doyle is due back after a slight knee injury.

Amadou Bakayoko is recovering better than expected from his knee injury, but is unlikely to feature, with Jodi Jones – who scored the winner in the reverse fixture in October – out for the season.

Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:

“This league can be physical but if we can match that and play our football in the right areas at the right times, we’ll get results.

“I see Coventry have won today [Boxing Day], so they’ll be cock-a-hoop, but so will we.

“It’s a big stage, I’m sure there’ll be a healthy crowd and let’s see if we can carry on from where we left off.”

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Match Report: Coventry 1-0 Southend

29 December 2018

Southend ended the year in defeat as Jordy Hiwula’s solitary goal secured Coventry City a 1-0 win against Blues at the Ricoh Arena.

After a goalless first-half in which Coventry had had the better of the chances, with Conor Chaplin looking the most threatening, Hiwula broke the deadlock early after the interval.

Tom Bayliss’ precision ball found the run of the Coventry striker who calmly slotted the ball beyond the advancing Nathan Bishop to give the Sky Blues the lead after 55 minutes.  

Southend pushed hard for an equaliser and their best chance fell to Simon Cox with less than 10 minutes remaining, with the striker prodding the ball beyond Lee Burge but off target.

The defeat for Blues continued their pattern of one win followed by one defeat with Chris Powell’s side failing to build on their Boxing Day win against Oxford United.

Following on from that win at Oxford, Blues travelled to the Ricoh looking for their first back-to-back league wins since September and they were up against a Coventry side who were level on points with them after 24 games.

Chris Powell made just the one change from the team that won at the Kassam, with defender John White replacing Michael Turner, and the Southend boss would have been buoyed by the return of Harry Bunn who took his place on the bench having missed the last three games.

Coventry were the victors in the reverse fixture back in October but it was the Blues that began brightly at the Ricoh Arena and Chris Powell’s side went close midway through the first-half when White, under pressure, headed over Sam Mantom’s corner from close range.

The Sky Blues ended a seven-game winless run with a last-gasp victory against Charlton on Boxing Day and they went close to opening the scoring when Dujon Sterling’s superb cross found the head of Conor Chaplin whose header was deflected wide for a corner.

Chaplin looked like Coventry’s main threat up-front and twice more he went close to breaking the deadlock, first volleying a Zain Westbrooke free-kick wide from close range before breaking through two Southend defenders to curl just wide as it remained goalless at the interval.  

It wouldn’t take Mark Robins’ side long though after the break to go in front as Tom Bayliss’ defence-splitting pass found the run of Jordy Hiwula perfectly, leaving the striker to slide the ball underneath Nathan Bishop to give Coventry the lead inside the hour mark.

Southend were struggling to create anything in attack and Coventry could have sealed the points with less than 20 minutes remaining when substitute Jonson Clarke-Harris’ acrobatic effort was blocked on the line by Stephen Hendrie.

Powell introduced some freshness to the side by bringing on youngster Isaac Hutchinson as well as Stephen McLaughlin and the Irishman had a half-shout for a penalty waved off when his strike hit a Coventry defender in the area with referee Kevin Johnson unmoved.

But Southend’s best chance came with a little less than 10 minutes remaining when Mantom’s dinked ball into the area found the run of Simon Cox who’d timed his run to perfection, taking one touch to set himself before prodding his shot wide from inside the six-yard box.

The travelling Blues fans were lifted when the fourth official indicated eight additional minutes at the end of the game as Southend pressed for an equaliser but it was to no avail as Coventry completed a league double over Blues and leapfrogged them in the table.  

Coventry City XI: Burge, Mason (McCallum 82’), Willis, Kelly (C), Chaplin, Hiwula, Hyam, Sterling, Bayliss, Westbrooke (Doyle 83’), Shipley (Clarke-Harris 62’). Subs Not Used: Addai, Grimmer, Davies, Andreu

Blues XI: Bishop, Bwomono, Kightly (Hutchinson 73’), Dieng, Cox, Yearwood (McLaughlin 73’), Mantom (C), Moore, Robinson, Hendrie (Bunn 83’), White. Subs Not Used: Smith, Turner, McCoulsky, Clifford

Referee: Kevin Johnson

Assistants: Danny Gratton & Richard Wild

Fourth Official: Ian Dudley

Scorers:

Coventry City: Jordy Hiwula 55’

Southend United: None

Yellow Cards:

Coventry City: Conor Chaplin 90+8’

Southend United: Michael Kightly 48’, Timothee Dieng 50’, Stephen McLaughlin 90+8'

Attendance: 11,395 (735 Away)

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Coventry off sale and on the day information

28 December 2018

Tickets for Blues' game against Coventry City on Saturday 29th December came off sale on Friday 28th December at midday.

You can purchase tickets on the day but please note the price increase of £3 per ticket on the day and it is cash only on the turnstiles.

Any collections or duplicates will need to be collected from the Ticket Office.

Prices are as follows;

Category Advanced Price On The Day
Adult £22 £25
Senior 60+ £15 £18
18-21 £15 £18
Student £15 £18
Under 18 £10 £13

 

Please be advised that supporters may be held back after the final whistle due to crowd control.

Disabled tickets are charged at the age relevant price with a free carer. These tickets will need to be purchased from the Southend United Ticket Office and are not available online. 

Travel details for the Coventry game can be found by clicking here.

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

For the Ticket Office opening hours over the Christmas period click here.

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