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Big Preview: Accrington Stanley vs Southend United

22 February 2019

Accrington Stanley vs Southend United...

Southend United will make the long trip up to Lancashire tomorrow afternoon as Chris Powell’s side face off against Accrington Stanley at the Wham Stadium.

Despite not picking up a win in their last five games, confidence in the Blues camp will have been boosted following that superb comeback against Portsmouth last weekend.

But John Coleman’s Accrington will no doubt be full of confidence also after picking up their first league win of 2019 in midweek, as they beat Oxford United at home in a 4-2 thriller.

That victory for Stanley, coupled with an impressive draw away at Sunderland last weekend, means Blues will face a stern test on the road as they look to complete a league double over their hosts.

Accrington Stanley: WDLDLL

Southend United: DLDLLW

15th December 2018: Southend United (Mantom, Cox, Robinson) 3 vs 0 Accrington Stanley

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

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

Blues’ injury woes show no sign of abating as Chris Powell could be without up to 14 first-team players against Accrington, with Stephen Humphrys and Michael Kightly the latest to pick up knocks.

Kightly was withdrawn with a groin problem last weekend against Portsmouth and is unlikely to feature, with Humphrys facing a race to be fit after suffering a dead leg.

Dru Yearwood will be unavailable as he serves the final game of his three-match ban with fellow midfielder Michael Klass likely to feature having impressed against Pompey.

Accrington midfielder Sam Finley is available again for selection after he served out the fifth and final game of his five-match ban for an alleged stamp on Charlton’s Lyle Taylor last month.

Luke Armstrong will hope to build on his first goal for Stanley after notching in the midweek win over Oxford with Accrington hopeful Ross Sykes is available again after going off injured at Sunderland. 

Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:

“The last two games has turned it around for them. They hadn’t scored since 2018 and they hadn’t won a game since Boxing Day, so it was good for their confidence winning against Oxford on Tuesday.

“Of course we have to go there and deal with everything. We know what it’s like there as a stadium, as a pitch, but they still play their way and they’ll be looking to get us back for the defeat against us earlier on in the season.

“It’s a game we’ll have to be ready for.”

John Coleman, Accrington Stanley Manager:

“There’s things that we’ve got to work on,” said Coleman. “We haven’t been ahead for quite a long time and then we go ahead in two games and we don’t handle it that well.

“That’s something that was a big strength of ours last year. I think we went through a spell where we went something like 28 games where we went ahead and won, so we’ve got to get back to that and not be scared to take the lead.

“We have to handle the pressure that comes when teams throw caution to the wind and know that we’ve got the ability, the expertise and the nous to be able to see games out."

Tickets will come off sale on Friday at midday. Unsold tickets will be sold on the day from the away ticket office - the blue cabin near to the away turnstiles, cash only.

Any tickets not collected by the off sale time and date will automatically be sent to Accrington for collection on the day in the same place that tickets are purchased from.

Full details.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Accrington 1-1 Southend

23 February 2019

Southend’s winless run continued as they let a one-goal lead slip to draw 1-1 with Accrington Stanley at the Wham Stadium.

Both sides created chances early on and it was Blues who took the lead when Stephen Humphrys capitalised on a defensive error to bravely head Southend in front.

That would be his final act as he was substituted after suffering a facial injury in scoring the goal, with Southend having good chances to extend their lead go begging before the break.

Accrington came out fighting in the second-half and after a good spell they levelled with a superb strike on the half-volley from Dan Barlaser restoring parity.

Neither side looked like they wanted to settle for a draw, carving out good opportunities to steal all three points but both Southend and Accrington had to settle for one point apiece.

The draw extended Accrington’s unbeaten run to three matches while Blues remain without a win in their last six, with both sides level on points with each other in the League One table.

Despite another game without a win, Chris Powell will no doubt cherish a second straight draw in a season where stalemates had been few and far between, with Blues throwing away a number of points with late goals this campaign.

Going into this one both teams came in with renewed confidence, with Blues buoyed by last weekend’s comeback against Portsmouth while Accrington followed up a 2-2 draw away at Sunderland with a midweek win against Oxford United, their first victory of 2019.

The home side were unchanged following that win while Southend made just the one change with Michael Klass coming in to replace the injured Michael Kightly, and both sides had bright early spells, with a number of set-pieces apiece.  

Stanley captain Sean McConville was the first to create a chance of note as he lined up a free-kick from 30-yards and forced Blues goalkeeper Nathan Bishop into a save, springing across to his right to tip the ball away for a corner.

Blues created a good opportunity when Stephen McLaughlin was put through down the left, but the Irishman couldn’t pick out a teammate with his cut back, however Chris Powell’s side were in front just moments later when Stephen Humphrys bravely headed Southend in front.

A long ball forward from Bishop was inexplicably left by defender Ben Richards-Everton, thinking his goalkeeper Jonny Maxted would come to claim the ball, only for Humphrys to nip in ahead of the Stanley custodian and head the ball into the empty net to give Blues the lead.

In scoring the goal though, Humphrys collided heavily with Maxted and needed lengthy treatment for what appeared to be a broken nose, before leaving on a stretcher. Maxted wasn’t far behind, trying to carry on only to be replaced a couple of minutes later by Dimitar Evtimov.  

When play got back underway, Blues went in search for a second goal and created a couple of chances in stoppage time with Michael Klass and McLaughlin having shots blocked inside the area before a Sam Mantom penalty shout was waved away as Southend ended the half strongly.

Southend went into the break 45 minutes away from a first win in six, however the home side almost levelled early in the second-half when a McConville free-kick was dropped by goalkeeper Bishop inside the area but Billy Kee couldn’t force the ball over the line in the ensuing scramble.

Accrington were controlling the tempo and went close again to an equaliser when Callum Johnson sent a dipping half-volley from distance just wide as John Coleman’s side ramped up the pressure on Blues.

Southend were still carving out chances of their own though with McLaughlin missing the opportunity to lob Evtimov, who was miles off his line, before Isaac Hutchinson, Klass and McLaughlin all who had efforts off target.

But the home side would level matters right on the hour mark with a superbly taken goal from Dan Barlaser. Southend failed to clear their lines as the ball fell to the midfielder who rifled the ball in from 25-yards with a well struck half-volley that flew beyond Bishop to bring Accrington level.

Stanley’s tails were up following the goal and they momentarily thought they’d been awarded a penalty when Timothee Dieng fouled Jordan Clark. Referee Eddie Ilderton pointed to the spot before consulting with his linesman and changing it to a free-kick to the relief of the visitors.

Neither side looked like they were settling for a point and Bishop had to be at his best to stop Paul Smyth from scoring from a tight angle after some pinball in the Southend box saw the ball fall to the on-loan QPR forward.

Blues then had a couple of chances of their own when Mantom’s corner was flicked on by Taylor Moore and fired wide by Michael Turner at the far post, moments before Mantom got through and rounded the goalkeeper only for a recovering defender to steal the ball from the Southend captain.   

Moore had another good chance for Blues go begging in injury-time, getting on the end of a Mantom free-kick inside the penalty area only to head wide as Southend pushed for a vital three points. But despite ending the half strongly they couldn’t grab a second and had to settle for a point.  

Accrington Stanley XI: Maxted (Evtimov 29’), Johnson, Hughes, Donacien, Richards-Everton, Clark, Brown, McConville (C), Barlaser, Kee, Smyth (Armstrong 83’). Subs Not Used: Zanala, Finley, Rogers, Gibson, Gilboy

Blues XI: Bishop, Bwomono, Turner, Dieng, Cox, McLaughlin (Lennon 84’), Mantom (C), Klass (Hyam 90+3’), Moore, Humphrys (Hutchinson 26’), Hart. Subs Not Used: Smith, Kiernan, Wabo, Kelman

Referee: Eddie Ilderton

Assistants: Helen Byrne & Richard Wild

Fourth Official: Nick Greenhalgh


Accrington Stanley: Dan Barlaser 60’

Southend United: Stephen Humphrys 20’

Yellow Cards:

Accrington Stanley: Billy Kee 30’, Jordan Clark 79’

Southend United: Simon Cox 36’, Michael Klass 41’

Attendance: 2,472 (346 Away) 

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Ticket News

Accrington ticket information

21 February 2019

Tickets for Blues' trip to the Wham Stadium on Saturday 23rd February are on sale.

We have been allocated 300 standing tickets in the Coppice Terrace which are uncovered and behind the goal and 552 seated tickets in the stand as well as six wheelchair and carer tickets.

Tickets will come off sale on Friday at midday. Unsold tickets will be sold on the day from the away ticket office - the blue cabin near to the away turnstiles, cash only.

Any tickets not collected by the off sale time and date will automatically be sent to Accrington for collection on the day in the same place that tickets are purchased from.

Advanced prices for the fixture are as follows:

Category Price
Adult £20
Concessions* (65+) £15
Student £15
12-17 £10
Under 12's** £5

*For all concessionary tickets, valid ID must be shown at the ticket office (concessions are 65 and over or Students).

**All under 12s must be accompanied by an adult.

Disabled supporters are charged the age relevant category which comes with a complimentary carer ticket.

Please note Accrington have advised the club that documentation will be needed for entry into the ground.

Should any fans require reserved car parking spaces at the ground, the cost is £5 per car and can be pre-booked by calling the club on 01254 356950.

Away travel information for the Accrington Stanley game can be found here.

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

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