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Big Preview: Blackpool vs Southend United

9 March 2019

Blackpool vs Southend United...

Blues travel to Blackpool this weekend for the game being dubbed ‘The Homecoming’ by the Tangerines who are expecting a bumper crowd to be in attendance at Bloomfield Road.

It’s the first home game the club have had since the appointment of a new board, bringing to an end four years of boycotts from Blackpool fans who’d previously been refusing to attend home games.

As a result, it’ll be an emotional atmosphere on the seaside, but Chris Powell’s team will be going up there to try and dampen the mood somewhat by picking up a first win in eight games.

And it’s been on the road where Southend have enjoyed the most success this season, picking up 21 points on their travels – one more than achieved at home, having played one game less.

Blackpool: WLLDDL

Southend United: LDDLDL

17th November 2018: Southend United (Demetriou) 1 vs 2 (Turton, Gnanduillet) Blackpool

17th March 2018: Blackpool (Robertson) 1 vs 1 (Fortune) Southend United

30th September 2017: Southend United (Wordsworth, Cox) 2 vs 1 (Vassell) Blackpool

Southend have been boosted by the return of Jason Demetriou to training this week. The Cypriot full-back has been out of action for three months and is likely to be involved in the squad.

Rob Kiernan and Harry Lennon are also available with both featuring on the bench recently, with Chris Powell questioning whether it’s now or never to throw them back into action.

John White and Sam Hart have been suffering from a virus; Hart is back amongst the group while White is out. Stephen Humphrys is awaiting surgery and is expected to be out for a number of weeks.

Blackpool boss Terry McPhillips said there were “a couple of knocks” from Tuesday night’s win over Accrington, although he wouldn’t divulge who those players were that they were assessing.

One person who is expected to return to the fold is Marc Bola who’d been out recently with a hamstring problem, but has now returned to training and is likely to feature.

Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:

“We know every single game will be a real tough battle. We’re going to have to take full responsibility because it’s going to be a fight every game we play in.

“Everyone wants to play in good atmosphere’s and packed stadiums and that’s the case on Saturday. It’s about us spoiling the party as such. The performance is what’s needed.

“On the road, we’re eighth in the table and we know our home form is nowhere near that. But we’ve picked up some good points away from home recently at Bradford, Charlton, Accrington so it’s in us to pick up a point or three on the road and that’s what we need right now.”

Terry McPhillips, Blackpool Manager:

“People have been telling me about how it’s been four years and it’s four years of hurt for them. Everyone’s got their different stories as to why they fell out of the football club.

“I ask for everyone to unite together; the fans that have stayed away, the fans that’ve been coming, the players, the staff, the whole football club needs to unite now, not only for the run in but certainly on Saturday.

“It’s going to be an occasion. Hopefully, we can inspire them to cheer for us and they can inspire us like they helped us at Accrington, to be the 12th man and to get the win.”

Tickets will come off sale from the Blues Box Office on Friday at midday but they are available from Blackpool on the day and there is no price increase.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Blackpool 2-2 Southend

9 March 2019

Southend were seconds away from a vital win on the road before a Taylor Moore own goal in the sixth minute of stoppage time meant the points were shared in a 2-2 draw at Bloomfield Road.

In front of a bumper home crowd of almost 16,000, Southend took the lead midway through the first-half with Rob Kiernan heading in his first Blues goal from a Sam Mantom corner.

Blackpool would level matters shortly after when Armand Gnaduillet thundered the ball into the roof of the net sparking wild celebrations by the formerly exiled Tangerine fans.

But Southend would score again from a corner early in the second-half as Michael Turner flicked on another Mantom set-piece to put the visitors back in front.

Nathan Bishop pulled off a superb fingertip save from Ollie Turton to keep Chris Powell’s side in front until Moore headed the ball into his own net in the final seconds.

The nature of the equaliser and the subsequent pitch-invasion rounded off a day to remember for Blackpool as a huge sign over the dugouts read “Blackpool are back”, although the two points dropped could prove pivotal for Southend in the run in.

Southend’s appearance at Bloomfield Road had appeared to be nothing more than a side note on what was always going to be a momentous day for Blackpool and their fans, as their self-imposed exile from the club ended following the introduction of a new board.

There was a carnival atmosphere inside and outside the ground ahead of kick-off with the home players being greeted with thunderous applause, even for the warm-up, and they came into the game with renewed confidence following a midweek win over Accrington Stanley.

Blues travelled in the hope of gate-crashing the party and Chris Powell made four changes in an attempt to try and end Southend’s seven-match winless run. Charlie Kelman, Luke Hyam, Harry Lennon and Rob Kiernan – making his first start since August 2017 – all came in.

Blackpool had the majority of the early possession and Nathan Bishop had to be at his very best to stop Harry Pritchard from scoring from the edge of the area, tipping his curling effort away for a corner, before Curtis Tilt was denied by a Michael Turner clearance on the line.

Southend had had to weather a bit of an early storm which Powell’s side would have expected in front of a such a partisan home crowd, but Blues would, momentarily, silence the Bloomfield Road crowd as they took the lead through Rob Kiernan.

The centre-half, who’d been out of action for well over a year following surgery on both his knees, rose highest to head in Sam Mantom’s corner kick at the far post and was subsequently mobbed by the rest of the Blues players as Southend went in front midway through the half.

But that advantage didn’t last long as Blackpool were level seven minutes later. Armand Gnanduillet was picked out inside the penalty area and rocketed the ball beyond Bishop at this near post and into the roof of the net as Bloomfield Road erupted.  

Gnanduillet was involved again moments after grabbing the equaliser and went close to grabbing a second when he headed Pritchard’s cross to the far-post over the crossbar as Blackpool finished the half in the ascendancy.

The home side thought they had briefly thought they’d grabbed a second when Bishop appeared to drop the ball over the goal-line only for the referee to rule it out for a foul on the Blues ‘keeper with Southend having to put in some last-ditch defending in injury-time to keep it level.

Right from the restart, Blackpool went close to taking the lead when Ollie Turton was found with acres of space inside the penalty area, shooting across the face of goal and narrowly missing the far post as well as the outstretched leg of Gnanduillet.

But just like the first-half, Blues would make the most of a set-piece as Michael Turner scored his first goal of the season. The centre-half got on the end of a near-post corner by Mantom, delicately flicking the ball up and over Mark Howard and in to put Southend back in front.  

Blackpool quickly set about finding another equaliser and some pinball inside the penalty area almost resulted in a fortunate leveller before Mantom hacked the ball clear on the goal line, before substitute Chris Long forced a smart save from Bishop at his near post.

Matty Virtue then saw his curling effort well held by Bishop before Blackpool had a huge appeal for a penalty go begging when Bishop came rushing out of his goal and looked like he brought down Long only for the referee to book the striker for simulation.

The home side continued to push for an equaliser and only a superb fingertip save from Bishop kept Blackpool at bay as the young goalkeeper tipped Turton’s swerving effort over the crossbar as the noise level rose another notch.

Southend though had the chance to seal the victory when Simon Cox beat the offside trap to be clean through on goal in the final minute of normal time, only for the striker to see his goalbound effort saved by Howard.

Five minutes of additional time were shown with Blues camped in their own half defending ball after ball coming into the box, but they couldn’t hold on as Jordan Thompson's cross rebounded in off Taylor Moore, nestling into the bottom corner with the final touch of the game.

A pitch-invasion ensued with the referee choosing not to restart the match leaving Blues once again ruing a late goal that this time cost them potentially two vital points ahead of Tuesday night’s trip to Scunthorpe.

Blackpool XI: Howard, Anderton (Daniels 60’), Heneghan, Delfouneso (Thompson 81’), Spearing (C), Pritchard (Long 60’), Tilt, Virtue, Turton, Gnanduillet, Feeney. Subs Not Used: Boney, Evans, Dodoo, Taylor

Blues XI: Bishop, Bwomono, Hyam, Turner, Dieng, Cox (Bunn 90’), Kiernan, Mantom (C) (Moore 84’), Lennon, Kelman (Demetriou 73’), Hart. Subs Not Used: Smith, Kightly, Yearwood, Wabo

Referee: Chris Sarginson

Assistants: Anthony Moore & Nik Barnard

Fourth Official: Joe Simpson


Blackpool: Armand Gnanduillet 27’, Taylor Moore OG 90+6’

Southend United: Rob Kiernan 20’, Michael Turner 48’

Yellow Cards:

Blackpool: Chris Long 76’

Southend United: Simon Cox 36’, Luke Hyam 65’, Jason Demetriou 66’

Attendance: 15,871 (373 Away) 

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Ticket News

Blackpool tickets

6 March 2019

Tickets for Blues' trip to Bloomfield Road to face Blackpool on Saturday 9 March are on sale.

We have been allocated an initial amount of 468 tickets with nine wheelchair and carer tickets also included, we can request more tickets if required.

Blackpool have sold in excess of 13,000 tickets for the game so a big atmosphere is anticipated.

Tickets will come off sale on Friday at midday and will be available from the kiosk located next to the away end at Blackpool on the day, no price increase.

Prices are as follows:

Category Price
Adults £22
Seniors (60+) £18
Under 18's £10
*Under 11's £0

*Under 11 tickets must be purchased with an adult or senior ticket.

Disabled supporters pay the age relevant category price with a carer ticket which is free of charge, if in receipt of high, medium or enhanced rate of DLA or PIP.

Away travel information for the Blackpool 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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