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Big Preview: Southend United vs Accrington Stanley

14 December 2018

Southend United vs Accrington Stanley...

Southend United take on Accrington Stanley tomorrow afternoon at Roots Hall in the first of two huge home games for Chris Powell’s side.

Following last weekend’s defeat to Portsmouth, the Blues boss said that six points against Stanley and next week against Rochdale are a must following a run of just one league win in their last six.  

The visitors Accrington too are in a sticky run of form in the league having failed to win any of their last six matches in League One, claiming just two points in that run.

But last weekend they looked to be on their way to a positive result against high-flying Sunderland before the game was abandoned and they’ll no doubt take confidence from that performance. 

Southend United: LDLWLW

Accrington Stanley: DWLLLL

14th February 2015: Southend United (Corr) 1 vs 2 (Mingoia, Gornell) Accrington Stanley

9th August 2014: Accrington Stanley 0 vs 1 (Barnard) Southend United

21st April 2014: Southend United (Corr) 1 vs 0 Accrington Stanley

Southend’s abysmal luck with injuries continued last weekend as Michael Turner and Harry Bunn picked up injuries in the defeat to Portsmouth at Fratton Park.

That leaves Chris Powell with “11 or 12 first team players” which will give the likes of youngsters Isaac Hutchinson and Charlie Kelman a chance to be involved on Saturday.

Turner and Bunn join the likes of Jason Demetriou and Harry Lennon who are out with short-term issues alongside long-term absentees Ben Coker, Harry Kyprianou, Sam Barratt and Tom Hopper.

Accrington Striker Billy Kee had to be substituted at half-time of the abandoned game against Sunderland, so he may be a doubt for John Coleman’s side at the weekend.  

Offrande Zanzala is also a doubt after picking up a knock against the Black Cats while Harvey Rodgers and Andy Mangan are both available again after returning to full fitness last weekend. Michael Ihiekwe is back after he missed the game against Sunderland.

Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:

"We know we aren't where we want to be and we want to be higher, but you know what, we're not even halfway through the season yet. Soon, but not yet.

"There's still plenty of games and points to play for. For us at this moment in time, it's about dealing with Accrington. Once the whistle blows, we'll see who's fit and who's come through unscathed and we'll look to the next game.

"There were things in the Portsmouth game which I knew we would have to improve on, but actually there was stuff in the game that was good. The response in the seccond half was good but the damage was done.

"We have to look to Accrington, a side who definitely at the start of the season had the momentum from last season's exploits, they were terrific last season. If we do it right on Saturday and apply ourselves we could find ourselves above them come 5 o'clock and that's what we'll be trying to do."

John Coleman, Accrington Stanley Manager: 

“The table is tight and a couple of wins and we will be back in the mix but a couple of defeats and we will be looking below us,” said Coleman.

“It’s a busy period but we just have to take it one game at a time.

“It does show how tight the table is in that we have taken just a couple of points out of the last six games and we haven’t dramatically dropped down the table."

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Match Reports

Match Report: Southend 3-0 Accrington

15 December 2018

Blues returned to winning ways with a comfortable 3-0 win against Accrington Stanley at Roots Hall thanks to goals from Sam Mantom, Simon Cox and Theo Robinson.

Accrington looked the better side early on but Southend caught the visitors with two quick goals with Mantom putting in the rebound after Cox’s effort was saved by Connor Ripley.

Chris Powell’s side then doubled their advantage four minutes later when Cox bundled the ball home after a Stephen Hendrie half-volley was again parried by Ripley.

And Robinson then wrapped up the points midway through the second-half with a well-taken strike from the edge of the area to lift the mood around Roots Hall following a poor run in the league.

Both sides had come into this afternoon’s game as the bottom two sides in the form table and Chris Powell and John Coleman were desperate for three points going into the Christmas run of fixtures.

Blues boss Chris Powell said that six points from the next two home league games against Stanley and Rochdale were “a must” and following last weekend’s defeat to the league leaders Portsmouth, Southend made just one change with Theo Robinson coming in for Michael Turner.

John Coleman’s side looked to have been on their way to a positive result against Sunderland last weekend before their game got abandoned after 74 minutes and they started the game brightly at Roots Hall with Billy Kee and Sam Finley both going close to breaking the deadlock.

The small band of travelling Accrington fans thought they’d seen their side take the lead inside 10 minutes when Offrande Zanzala hit the side netting following a Finley cross and the visitors continued to look the more likely to open the scoring.

But Blues would hit Accrington with a sucker-punch midway through the first-half by scoring twice in the space of four minutes with Sam Mantom and Simon Cox scoring with Southend’s first meaningful attempts on goal.

Cox found space inside the penalty area to get his shot away which was parried by goalkeeper Connor Ripley, but only into the path of the Blues captain Mantom who slotted the ball home from a tight angle to give Southend the lead.

Moments later and Mantom’s short corner out to Stephen Hendrie saw the full-back fire the ball towards goal with a well-struck shot. Once again Ripley was equal to the strike only to see Cox bundle in the rebound from close range for a quickfire double.  

With Southend having gone in front arguably against the run of play, Accrington looked to nick one back before the interval and they should have halved the deficit before the break when defender Michael Ihiekwe headed over from inside the six-yard box.

Accrington continued to press for a goal back after the interval and only some heroics from John White prevented the visitors grabbing one back when he superbly cleared the ball off the line from underneath his own crossbar following a cross from Daniel Barlaser.

Stanley were starting to ramp up the pressure on the Blues backline and their captain Sean McConville forced Mark Oxley into action with a swerving shot from distance that had to be tipped over by the Blues stopper.

Oxley was then called upon once again moments later when McConville was found by a right-wing cross, heading the ball towards goal only for the Blues goalkeeper to hold onto the effort as Accrington continued to push forward.

However, for all of the visitor's hard work, the wind was well and truly taken out of them when Southend grabbed a third of the game and all but wrapped up the three points when Robinson put Blues 3-0 up.

A well-weighted ball from his strike-partner Cox found the run of Robinson who expertly curled the ball beyond the on-rushing Ripley to put Southend within touching distance of only their second win in their last seven league matches.

All that was left to achieve was for Blues to keep a clean-sheet in testing weather conditions in Essex and Southend defended manfully right until the end with Elvis Bwomono bravely getting in the way of a goal-bound strike from Jordan Clark.

The win lifts the pressure on Blues who climb into the top half of the table and will give Powell’s side some confidence going into next weekend’s home game against Keith Hill’s Rochdale.

Blues XI: Oxley, Bwomono, Hyam, Dieng, Cox (Kightly 80’), McLaughlin (Yearwood 69’), Mantom (C), Moore, Robinson (Hutchinson 90+2’), Hendrie, White. Sub Not Used: Bishop, Turner, Klass, McCoulsky

Accrington Stanley XI: Ripley, Johnson, Hughes (Sykes 74’), Ihiekwe, Clark, Zanzala (Hall 65’), McConville (C), Finley (Brown 77’), Anderton, Barlaser, Kee. Subs Not Used: Maxted, Richards-Everton, Mingoia, Conneely

Referee: Antony Coggins

Assistants: Carl Fitch-Jackson & Paul Yates

Fourth Official: Michael Webb

Scorers:

Southend United: Sam Mantom 19’, Simon Cox 23’, Theo Robinson 72’

Accrington Stanley: None

Yellow Cards:

Southend United: None

Accrington Stanley: Michael Ihiekwe 51’, Sam Finley 63’

Attendance: 6,286 (88 Away)

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Back Blues Against Accrington

14 December 2018

Blues return to Roots Hall this weekend for another Sky Bet League One clash against Accrington Stanley...

Chris Powell's side will be looking to get back to winning ways this weekend after suffering a 2-0 defeat to the league leaders, Portsmouth the previous week.

The Christmas period is a busy one and it will be crucial for Blues to pick up as many points as possible to help them climb the table.

Southend currently hold the upper hand against Saturday's visitors with the current record between the two sides seeing Blues win six games, draw four and lose four games against Stanley.

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