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Big Preview: Southend United vs Rochdale

21 December 2018

Southend United vs Rochdale...

As we reach the halfway stage of the season, Southend United will be hoping to continue the festive cheer as they welcome Rochdale to Roots Hall tomorrow afternoon.

Both sides were very evenly matched last season, drawing both league games 0-0, but a win for Blues would see them pick up their first back-to-back league wins since September/October.

Dale travel to Essex off the back of a home defeat to Plymouth Argyle last weekend and, like Southend, they too have had a mixed run of form in the league and currently sit 19th in the table.  

But Keith Hill’s side have picked up two more points on the road than they have at home this season, so they will no doubt pose a threat to Chris Powell’s side in Blues’ final home game of 2018. 

Southend United: WLDLWL

Rochdale: LWDLWL

13th March 2018: Rochdale 0 vs 0 Southend United

2nd September 2017: Southend United 0 vs 0 Rochdale

14th January 2017: Southend United (Fortune, Cox) 2 vs 1 (Andrew) Rochdale

Chris Powell has said that Saturday will likely come too soon for Harry Bunn who missed out on the win against Accrington following a thigh injury picked up against Portsmouth.

Michael Turner has trained all week having passed a late fitness test to sit on the bench last Saturday, but the Southend squad still remains threadbare due to a spate of injuries.

Blues continue to be without Tom Hopper, Ben Coker, Sam Barratt, Harry Kyprianou, Harry Lennon and Jason Demetriou who all remain unavailable due to various injuries.

Rochdale have no fresh injury concerns in their squad following last weekend’s defeat to Plymouth Argyle at the Crown Oil Arena.

Captain Ian Henderson will pose Dale’s main threat having already scored 13 goals this campaign despite recently being deployed in midfield rather than as a striker. 

Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:

“We’re all looking forward to Rochdale, focusing on the game and making sure no one gets any knocks in training this week. We want to follow up the result against Stanley and hopefully another three points against Rochdale.

“If you look at us now we’re 12th in the league, we’ve scored 28 goals and we’ve conceded 28 so we are right in the middle, I actually think that does sum us up this season.

“We’ve had some great results, some poor results, we’ve had some good wins and we’ve also had some poor defeats, it really has been right in the middle of the road for us.”


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Match Report: Southend 1-2 Rochdale

22 December 2018

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Southend United’s hopes of an early Christmas present were shattered after suffering a 2-1 defeat to Rochdale at Roots Hall…

Callum Camps' late header secured the win for the visitors in the dying minutes of the game and now makes it three games against the Dale without a win.

Powell made just one change to the starting XI with youngster Nathan Bishop coming in to replace the injured Mark Oxley, who was rested due to a back problem.

Southend kicked the game off but lost possession rather quickly and the visitors almost capitalized on it. Ian Henderson found some space on the edge of the box and takes a shot but it hit Taylor Moore’s outstretched leg.

Moments later and the first card of the game was shown after Ollie Rathbone stamped on the leg of John White. 

Southend’s first chance of the game came just before the 10-minute mark, Sam Mantom switched sides by sending a high ball into the feet of Stephen McLaughlin who laid the ball off to Theo Robinson, but the forward’s shot on goal went sailing over the bar.

Rochdale had another opportunity on goal at the other end, once again Henderson worked his way into some space and sent a low left-wing cross towards the edge of the box which was connected with a shot from Rathbone but his effort goes inches wide.

Bishop’s first touch of the game was a save high and to the right of his goal, the chance came after Daniel Adshead tried a fierce effort from outside the box.

The visitors took the lead minutes later through some great footwork between Henderson and Jordan Willaims, Rochdale’s skipper played a through ball to Williams who spun Elvis Bwomono and fired a low ball towards Bishop but the ball bounced awkwardly and went through the keeprs legs.

Blues had the chance to equalise just before half-time with Robinson once again receiving the ball on the edge of the box, but his chance went straight at the keeper.

Powell was the only manager to make a change at half-time with McLaughling being taken off and replaced by Shawn McCoulsky.

Southend had a golden opportunity to bring the game level after a quick-counter attack which found McCoulsky on the edge of the box, he back-heeled the ball to Cox who was open to shot, but his curling effort was blocked by Ryan Delaney and sent out for a corner, but Blues couldn’t make anything come of the corner.

The second card of the game was given to Callum Camps who fouled Luke Hyam inside the Southend half.

Rochdale could have made in 2-0 after Joe Rafferty sent a powerful low shot towards goal from the right side of the box, but Moore was to the rescue and his diving block meant the ball went out for a corner.

A number of changes in the middle of the first half saw Rochdale bring off Rafferty and Rathbone and bring on Kgosi Ntlhe and David Perkins. Blues swapped Hyam for Isaac Hutchinson.

Mantom tried an outrageous effort from around 30 yards out, shooting with his left leg the captain’s shot went goalbound and forced Brendan Moore to make a save to push the ball out for a corner.

Blues went to take the corner but the referee waved away to let Rochdale make a sub, but as the change was being made Manger Keith Hill decided to withdraw the sub and let play continue, which in turn meant Hill was shown a yellow card.

When Southend did take the corner the ball was collected by Cox who spun on the edge of the six-yard box and chipped the keeper but the ball bounced off the bar and was booted out for another corner, but Blues couldn’t find the right ball.

Dale eventually made their third change with MJ Williams coming off for Calvin Andrew.

But the change didn’t stop Blues from getting the equaliser, the goal came from a corner on the left hand side. Mantom took the corner-kick and his ball found the head of the high-rising John White, who thumped the ball into the back of the net.

It didn’t take long for Rochdale to regain the lead which sprung from the left-hand side again, Dale’s main man Henderson burst down the wing, chipped the ball into the box and was fired towards go from the head of Callum Camps who bagged the winner.

The defeat moves Blues down to 13th place which is three points and four places above their Boxing Day opponents Oxford United.

The final card of the game went to Timothee Dieng after breaking up a counter-attacl in the centre circle area.

Saturday 22nd December 2018

Roots Hall Stadium

Southend United vs Rochdale (Sky Bet League One)

Referee: Neil Hair

Linesman: Leigh Crowhurst & Matthew Lee

Fourth Official: Graham Kane

Southend United XI: Bishop (GK), Bwomono, Moore, White, Hendrie, Dieng, Mantom ©, Hyam, McLaughlin, Robinson, Cox

SUBS: Smith (GK), Turner, Kightly, Yearwood, Klass, McCoulsky, Hutchinson.

Rochdale XI: Moore (GK), Rafferty, Delaney, Williams, Camps, Williams, Rathbone, Done, Adshead, Gilliam, Henderson ©.

SUBS: Lillis (GK), Ntlhe, McNulty, McGahey, Andrew, Perkins, Morley.

Goal Scorer:

Southend – John White

Rochdale – Ollie Rathbone, Callum Camps

Yellow Cards

Southend –  Timothee Dieng

Rochdale – Ollie Rathbone, Callum Camps

Red Card

Southend – N/A

Rochdale – N/A

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Be Part Of It For The Final Home Game Of 2018!

19 December 2018

Southend United are once again back at Roots Hall this weekend for their final home game of 2018 which sees them take on Rochdale...

Chris Powell's side have won their last two home games in the league and they will be looking to make it three when that final whistle blows on Saturday.

Blues currently sit 12th in the table and a win this weekend could push them up to 10th which would give the team a boost heading into the mid-way stage of the 2018/19 Season.

The last time Keith Hill's side visited Roots Hall the game ended in a 0-0 draw, but the way recent results have been going at home for Southend there is sure to be a number of goals scored.

Show your support for Blues and be part of it on Saturday!

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.

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