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09 February 2019 Venue The Valley Attendance

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Big Preview: Charlton Athletic vs Southend United

8 February 2019

Charlton Athletic vs Southend United...

Southend United will make the short journey to south-east London tomorrow afternoon as they take on Charlton Athletic at The Valley.

It’ll be the first time Blues boss Chris Powell has taken his Southend side to his former club where he played over 250 times and spent three years as manager.

And following back-to-back league defeats, Blues will be on the lookout for a first win away at Charlton since 1996 and three points that’ll help move Southend up the table.

But Lee Bowyer’s side won’t be giving in lightly. Although the Addicks have taken just one point from the last six available, they’ll be looking for a win that’ll further cement their place in the top six. 

Charlton Athletic: LDWWDW

Southend United: LLWLLW

1st September 2018: Southend United (Robinson) 1 vs 2 (Taylor, Bielik) Charlton Athletic

26th December 2017: Southend United (Cox 2, Turner) 3 vs 1 (Reeves) Charlton Athletic

9th September 2017: Charlton Athletic (Magennis, Holmes) 2 vs 1 (White) Southend United

Defender Harry Lennon returned to full training for the first time this week after breaking his leg in October, but he is unlikely to be involved back at his former club, certainly not for a starting spot.

Fellow defenders Jason Demetriou and Rob Kiernan continue to step up their recoveries while defensive counterpart John White will be looking for a third goal in three visits to The Valley.

Goalkeeper Mark Oxley and midfielder Harry Bunn remain absent, alongside long-term absentees Ben Coker, Harry Kyprianou, Sam Barratt and Tom Hopper.

The Addicks will be without striker Lyle Taylor and defender Patrick Bauer tomorrow afternoon as both are serving suspensions for red cards against Accrington and Fleetwood respectively.

Bauer’s absence means Krystian Bielik – who scored the winner when the two sides last met – will slot in at the back with striker Josh Parker in line for his home debut after signing from Gillingham.  

Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:

“They lost at Fleetwood and drew away at Peterborough, but they won the game before that and I’m sure they’ll have a fast start and I’m sure they’ll look to put us under pressure.

“The one thing you’ve got to remember is they’ve lost Karlan Grant – a very good young player; Lyle Taylor, he’ll be suspended, and that’s 29 goals out of their team at this present time. But equally, that might be an opportunity for one of their other players to step up.

“They’ve got a decent squad and they’ll be looking to stay up there but we’ve got to care about ourselves. We’ve got to be selfish here, what we think and how we play our games and what we need to do.”

Lee Bowyer, Charlton Athletic Manager:

“I’m sure Chris will get a great reception from our fans. He was, of course, a player here like I was, and he did a good job as manager here too. 

“He deserves plaudits and whenever someone does well for a football club, they deserve recognition for it. Chris is no different. I played with Chris as well, I hope he gets the cheer he deserves and I’m expecting his team to give us a very tough game.”

Tickets will be available on the day of the game cash only at the South Stand Ticket Office. Please note ticket prices increase by £3 per ticket on the day of the game. Collections will also be from the South Stand Ticket Office.

For ticket prices please click here.

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Match Report: Charlton 1-1 Southend

9 February 2019

Southend United battled for over an hour with 10 men as they held Charlton to a 1-1 draw at The Valley following Dru Yearwood’s sending off.

Blues had gone in front midway through the first-half when Stephen Humphrys took aim from 25-yards and saw his deflected effort find the top corner.

Five minutes later though and Southend were reduced to 10 men after Dru Yearwood was shown a straight red card for a foul on Jonny Williams inside the centre-circle.

Southend fought their way through to half-time but were soon level when Ben Reeves’ flick-on found the back of the net on the hour-mark.

Charlton desperately pushed for a winner as Blues stood firm and Southend almost stole all three points with Michael Klass having two glorious chances to win it late on.

Both sides though had to settle for a point after Blues saw out six additional minutes with Chris Powell no doubt seeing this as a massive point gained ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Doncaster.

The Southend players looked exhausted as the full-time whistle blew after a gargantuan effort in the second-half and they’ll travel to The Keepmoat in buoyant mood.

Blues boss Chris Powell was making his return to The Valley where he made over 250 appearances and was manager for three years, and he made just the one change to his Southend side that lost to Bristol Rovers with Michael Kightly coming in for Michael Turner.

The Addicks too were coming off a defeat but they had the brighter start of the two sides, going close when Chris Solly cut the ball back to Tariqe Fosu who blazed over from 10-yards out to the delight of the travelling Blues fans behind the goal.

After the early scare, Southend settled and they had a couple of good opportunities with Kightly cutting onto his left before firing over moments before Stephen Humphrys found space wide on the left but couldn’t pull the trigger in time to test Dillon Phillips.

Humphrys though would find his shooting boots midway through the first-half, after riding a couple of challenges the striker let fly from 25-yards, seeing his effort take a wicked deflection off Naby Sarr and nestle in the top corner to give the visitors the lead.

Southend’s delight at going in front quickly turned into frustration as they were reduced to 10 men five minutes after taking the lead as Dru Yearwood was shown a straight red card for a foul on Jonny Williams inside the centre-circle.

Yearwood had been warned by referee Simon Hooper prior to his sending off following two challenges which went without a card, but the referee showed no hesitation in sending the teenager off, although he may feel hard done by as he slipped before going in for the tackle.

Blues, therefore, had over an hour left to play a man light, but they navigated their way to half-time with little trouble. If anything, Southend could have doubled their lead with a Sam Mantom free-kick going close before some miscommunication at the back almost let Humphrys in for a second.

Charlton brought on January signing and former Gillingham player Josh Parker at the interval and they quickly set about finding an equaliser, swinging in cross after cross into the Blues penalty area with little to no reward.

Eventually, though the home side would find the perfect ball into the penalty area as Southend’s resilience was broken on the hour mark when Mark Marshall’s whipped cross was glanced into the back of the net by Ben Reeves to level it up at 1-1.

All the momentum was now with Charlton and only a couple of superb saves from Nathan Bishop prevented the Addicks going in front – first tipping Krystian Bielik’s long-range effort away before making an even better save to prevent Parker heading in from the resulting corner.

Southend’s backs were very much against the wall as the home side continued to search for a winner and the rear-guard action was starting to take its toll with Blues players looking visibly exhausted as the minutes wore on.

But Southend, against all the odds, almost nicked a miraculous victory in the dying moments of the game. Michael Klass, on his 20th birthday, came on and went close twice in quick succession, shooting wide from a narrow-angle before forcing a reaction save from Phillips from inside the box.

Six minutes of added time were shown and backed by over 1,400 Blues fans, Powell’s side withstood the Charlton onslaught, grabbing a precious point on the road before heading to Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday night.

Charlton Athletic XI: Phillips, Bielik, Marshall (Lapslie 90’), Fosu, Reeves (Hackett-Fairchild 81’), Vetokele, Purrington (Parker 46’), Solly (C), Williams, Sarr, Cullen. Subs Not Used: Maxwell, Dijksteel, Pratley, Stevenson

Blues XI: Bishop, Bwomono, Kightly (McLaughlin 64’), Dieng, Cox, Yearwood, Mantom (C), Moore, Humphrys (Klass 85’), Hart (Turner 70’), White. Subs Not Used: Smith, Lennon, Kelman, Hutchinson

Referee: Simon Hooper

Assistants: Scott Ledger & Neil Davies

Fourth Official: Lee Swabey

Scorers:

Charlton Athletic: Ben Reeves 60’

Southend United: Stephen Humphrys 22’

Yellow Cards:

Charlton Athletic: Ben Reeves 40’, Josh Cullen 53’, Krystian Bielik 83’

Southend United: Timothee Dieng 32’, Michael Kightly 43’

Red Cards:

Charlton Athletic: None

Southend United: Dru Yearwood 27’

Attendance: 12,389 (1,463 Away) 

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Charlton tickets

7 February 2019

Tickets for Blues' Sky Bet League One encounter with Charlton Athletic on Saturday 9 February are on sale.

The tickets are located in the Jimmy Seed Stand and will come off sale from the Blues Box Office on Friday at 3pm.

Tickets will be available on the day of the game cash only at the South Stand Ticket Office. Please note ticket prices increase by £3 per ticket on the day of the game. Collections will also be from the South Stand Ticket Office.

Prices for the fixture are as follows:

Category Price
Adult £21
Over 65's £17
Under 21's £17
Student £12
Under 18's £10
Under 11's £5

Ambulant and Wheelchair supporter pricing is:

Category Price
Adult £18
Over 65's & Under 21's £15
Student £12
Under 18's £10
Under 11's £5

Personal assistants for ambulant and wheelchair users go free of charge.

Away travel information for the Charlton 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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