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Match Previews

Big Preview: Southend United vs Luton Town

25 January 2019

Southend United vs Luton Town...

A bumper crowd is expected at Roots Hall as Chris Powell’s Blues side entertain high-flying Luton Town tomorrow afternoon with spirits high after last weekend’s 4-0 win over Bradford City.

An injection of new blood in the squad proved the catalyst for a superb win on the road against the Bantams and Powell wants to keep that feel-good factor going as he marks a year in charge of Blues.

But if Southend are to notch their first back-to-back wins in months, they’ll need to end Luton’s 15-game unbeaten league run with the Hatters too coming in off the back of a 4-0 win last time out.

The departure of manager Nathan Jones hasn’t appeared to have derailed the visitors push at the top of the table, with Luton currently second as they chase successive promotions.  

Southend United: WLLWLW

Luton Town: WLDDDD

5th December 2018: Luton Town (Read) 1 vs 1 (McLaughlin) Southend United (2-4 Pens)

21st August 2018: Luton Town (Lee, Hylton) 2 vs 0 Southend United

25th April 2015: Southend United (Timlin) 1 vs 0 Luton Town

New signings Stephen Humphrys and Sam Hart are in line to make their first appearance at Roots Hall following a successful debut for both last weekend against Bradford City.  

But Chris Powell did report a couple of injury concerns, without stating who they were, from the win against the Bantams. Jason Demetriou and Harry Lennon are closing in on returns to full fitness, although neither are expected to be available until February.

Mark Oxley continues to be out with a back problem, alongside midfielder Harry Bunn and long-term absentees Tom Hopper, Ben Coker, Harry Kyprianou and Sam Barratt.

Luton striker Danny Hylton will be absent on Saturday as he continues to serve a four-game ban following his sending off against Sunderland.

Loanee George Thorne and permanent signing George Moncur will be looking to make their full debuts after coming off the bench last weekend, while Marek Stech and Harry Cornick are out. 

Match Previews

Chris Powell Luton preview

24 January 2019

Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:

“It is and in many ways the game kind of takes care of itself. We’re playing against a side that have been unbeaten for a long time now and we know we’re going to be up against it regardless of what has gone on regards to losing Nathan Jones.

“Nathan is a coach I know really well from my Charlton days and he did a terrific job with them with regards to where that club was when he went in, to the momentum they’ve got from going up last year and carrying that on.

“I don’t see them changing much and why should they but when those teams come to town we have to turn up.”

Mick Harford, Luton Town Interim Manager:

"[When I took over] I thought I may as well enjoy it, it's a great challenge. The reception the fans have given me, it's something to really, really cherish and enjoy. It's very, very humbling in terms of when I walk across that pitch. But it's the players who put in the performances, they've been brilliant.

"Am I enjoying it? Some days. It's a challenge and I'm going to embrace it and do the best I can.

"The players are the ones that go out there and get the results. We can just point them in the right direction, we can give them a bit of guidance. But at the end of the day, they're the ones who have to go out and put in performances like that. I thought they deserved every accolade that was thrown at them by me and by the supporters."

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Match Reports

Match Report: Southend 0-1 Luton

26 January 2019

Southend were unable to build on last weekend’s impressive win as Matty Pearson’s header gave Luton Town a deserved 1-0 win at Roots Hall.

Blues never truly looked at the races as the Hatters extended their unbeaten league run to 16-games with the three points sending them to the top of the table with Portsmouth in cup action.

Luton dominated possession from the start with Nathan Bishop pulling off a fine save with his legs to prevent Jack Stacey opening the scoring.

Pearson though headed Mick Harford’s side in front just before the half-hour mark, getting on the end to James Justin’s corner to nod beyond Bishop in front of over 2,000 travelling fans.

Southend didn’t really trouble Luton after that, with Simon Cox’s speculative effort from distance – which forced a good save from James Shea – the best the home side could muster.

The defeat left Blues still searching for their first back-to-back league wins since September as Luton maintained their unbeaten run under interim manager Mick Harford.

Unfortunately for Southend it was somewhat a case of ‘After the Lord Mayor’s show’ after a fantastic win at Bradford City last weekend lifted the spirits around the club.

In an attempt to bring that feel good factor back to Roots Hall, Southend made just the one enforced change for the visit of Luton with Luke Hyam having to miss out with a hamstring injury, being replaced by Dru Yearwood, while Stephen Humphrys and Sam Hart made their home debuts.

Luton too won 4-0 last time out against Peterborough at home and they were unchanged, and the Hatters enjoyed a lot of the ball in the opening exchanges at Roots Hall with only an off-target effort from Jack Stacey to show for it in the first 10 minutes.  

Shooting towards their 2,000-plus away fans, Luton continued to dominate possession and they carved out the first clear chance of the game when Luke Berry picked out Stacey with a defence-splitting pass only for Nathan Bishop to superbly save Stacey’s shot with his legs.

The visitors continued to press as Southend struggled to find a rhythm and the Hatters would make their early pressure count midway through the half when James Justin’s corner was headed beyond Bishop by Matty Pearson to give Luton a one-goal lead.

All of Blues’ last seven league wins had come without conceding a goal, so they’d have to come from behind for the first time since mid-October to claim three points and Humphrys had a half-chance to level easily gathered by James Shea who comfortably saved the striker’s header on goal.

Luton had been deserving of their half-time lead and they went close to doubling their advantage within a minute of the restart when Hatters captain Sonny Bradley was found at the far-post, with his side-foot volley well saved by the feet of Bishop.

Southend just couldn’t get a grip of the ball as Luton pushed for a second and a superb Kazenga LuaLua cross from the left required a last-ditch header from Taylor Moore to prevent James Collins adding to his hat-trick from last weekend with a tap in at the far-post.

Berry dragged a shot wide for the visitors before the Hatters left-back Justin cut onto his right outside of the penalty area and curled a delightful effort just over the crossbar as Luton edged closer to the points they needed to go top of the League One table.

Blues desperately needed a spark and Simon Cox thought that shoot-on-sight was the best policy, forcing Shea into action with a shot from 30-yards which had to be tipped wide by the former Arsenal goalkeeper to keep the visitors in front.

That though was the best Southend could muster as Luton went close again to doubling their advantage late on when a low cross into the box found Collins who somehow blazed over from eight yards out.

Pearson’s header though turned out to be more than enough for the Hatters who held firm to complete a league double over Blues, with the three points seeing them rise to the top of the table, two points clear of Portsmouth.

Blues XI: Bishop, Bwomono, Turner, Dieng, Cox, Yearwood (Kelman 69’), Mantom (C)(McLaughlin 84’), Moore, Humphrys, Hart, White. Subs Not Used: Smith, Kightly, Klass, Robinson, Hutchinson

Luton Town XI: Shea, Justin McCormack, Bradley (C), Pearson, Stacey, Berry, Shinnie, Mpanzu, Collins, LuaLua (Moncur 86’). Subs Not Used: Isted, Potts, Thorne, Jarvis, Jones, Sheehan

Referee: Thomas Bramall

Assistants: George Byrne & Nicholas Cooper

Fourth Official: Bhupinder Gill


Southend United: None

Luton Town: Matty Pearson 29’

Yellow Cards:

Southend United: Dru Yearwood 28’, Sam Hart 65’

Luton Town: Alan McCormack 90+4'

Attendance: 8,460 (2037 Away) 

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Ticket News

Get Roots Hall Rocking Against Luton

Get Your Tickets For Southend's Next Home Fixture

24 January 2019

Southend United take on high-flying Luton Town in their next Sky Bet League One encounter at Roots Hall...

Blues head into their next home fixture off the back of a comfortable and entertaining 4-0 win over Bradford City and Chris Powell's side will be looking to replicate that victory when on home soil.

The visitors, Luton, are currently sitting 2nd in the league table, but are managerless and hushed the critics over the weekend as they also managed to earn themselves a 4-0 win over Peterborough and will be on a high coming into this weekends game.

The league one fixture is sure to be a good one with over 2000 Hatters fans expected, so come on down to Roots Hall this Saturday and show your support for Powell's Blues Army!!

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.

Want to watch the Luton game in style with some exceptional hospitality?

Book one of our lounges or executive boxes and enjoy the VIP experience on a matchday!

There is limited hospitality for the Luton fixture so we advise fans to book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Centre Circle Lounge

It’s a perfect lounge to celebrate a birthday, a special occasion or a big group booking in the new relaxed bar theme.

Included in this package is:

  • One course meal  

  • Draught pint of Heineken or glass of wine 

  • Official matchday programme  

  • Car parking space  

  • Team sheet  

  • Fun quiz to win signed memorabilia  

  • Access to the Blues Legends Lounge after the game  

Price for this fixture is £55

Executive Boxes

Whether you’re entertaining clients, celebrating a birthday or a special occasion we can tailor packages to suit your needs.  

We aim to provide a first-class experience from the moment you arrive until the final whistle whilst you get even closer to the unique and electric atmosphere at Roots Hall. 

Executive Package

One-course meal (Please note the meal chosen on a matchday is at the discretion of the Club).

Examples include: 

  • Lasagne & garlic bread 

  • Pie & mash  

  • Chicken curry & rice 

  • Spanish chicken 

  • Chilli con carne & rice 

  • 10 beers or 2 bottles of wine 

  • Optional half time mini pies  

Executive package for this fixture are £595

Premium Package 

Premium buffet (Please note the buffet chosen on a matchday is at the discretion of the Club) 

Examples include: 

  • Chicken goujons 

  • Honey & mustard mini sausages 

  • Indian snack selection  

  • Tempura prawns  

  • Chicken satay 

  • Spring rolls  

  • Sausage rolls  

  • Mini quiche selection 

  • 10 premium beers or 2 bottles of wine 

  • Half time mini pies  

Premium packages for this fixture are £660

*All prices exclude VAT

To book please contact the Commercial Department on 01702 304147 | 

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