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12 March 2019 Venue Glanford Park Attendance

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Big Preview: Scunthorpe United vs Southend United

12 March 2019

Scunthorpe United vs Southend United...

Southend boss Chris Powell will be looking to build on Saturday’s draw with Blackpool as Blues travel to Glanford Park to take on Scunthorpe United this evening.

Powell wants to turn the disappointment of the late equaliser at Bloomfield Road into a positive by backing it up with another positive result on the road, with Blues desperate to end their winless run.

In their way is a Scunthorpe United side who have been solid at home in recent months and hadn’t lost at Glanford Park since December prior to last Saturday’s 1-0 reversal by Bristol Rovers.

But they’ll take solace from the fact Southend haven’t won at the Iron for over 35 years, with Blues’ last win coming in September 1983 when Culture Club and Karma Chameleon was number one. 

Scunthorpe United: LLDLWL

Southend United: DLDDLD

27th November 2018: Southend United (Dieng, Mantom) 2 vs 0 Scunthorpe United

27th January 2018: Southend United (Kightly, McLaughlin, Turner) 3 vs 2 (Hopper, van Veen) Scunthorpe United

23rd December 2017: Scunthorpe United (van Veen, Townsend, Turner OG) 3 vs 1 (Demetriou) Southend United

Blues welcomed back Jason Demetriou and Harry Bunn from the bench on Saturday, with both having been out previously for a number of weeks, and they’ll be pushing for a start this evening.

Both Harry Lennon and Rob Kiernan completed a full 90 minutes for the first time this season against Blackpool and Powell may look to rotate his defensive options depending how they’ve recovered.

Stephen McLaughlin is available again after he missed the trip to Blackpool for the birth of his daughter while striker Charlie Kelman will hope to retain his place after making his first career start.

Scunthorpe have no fresh injury concerns following their defeat to Bristol Rovers at the weekend but they do have a raft of players missing with long-term injuries.

Matthew Lund is out for at least a month following knee surgery. Cameron Borthwick-Jackson is also missing with a knee injury while Rory Watson and Ryan Colclough are out for the season. 

Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:

“I know we are in a position where everyone thinks it’s ok but it’s so tight and I said after the Barnsley game that this week’s a real pivotal week for us. We started it off in OK fashion, but it could have been brilliant fashion away at Blackpool.”

“I want us to take something from the Scunthorpe game, but we’re going there to win the game, turn that point into a good point by making it four points from two away games, but it will be difficult for us and we know that.  

“Scunthorpe on a Tuesday night on the back of a real physical game is always hard and we’re going to have to call on our reserves of energy and really apply ourselves like the way we did for the majority of Saturday.” 

Stuart McCall, Scunthorpe United Manager: :

“The best thing is we have a game on Tuesday and when you lose like we did you can’t wait to get back out there, but it’s no good saying that – we have to go out there with a desire and determination to win a game of football.

“There will be no doom and gloom [in training]. We have 10 games of football to go, let’s show that we can be a good side. I’ve said before that on our day we can be a match for anyone.

“I have to come up with a side and system – whatever it may be.”

Tickets for this fixture are no longer available from the Blues Box Office and are now only available to purchase at Glanford Park.

Any tickets that haven't been collected for this fixture will be available to collect from Scunthorpe at the collection window which is located next to their Main Ticket Office.

Prices are as follows:

Category On The Day Price
Adults £25
Seniors (65+) £17
Under 21 £17
Student  £17
Under 18 £8
Under 12 Free*

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Match Report: Scunthorpe 4-1 Southend

12 March 2019

Southend’s 35-year wait for a win at Scunthorpe goes on as they fell to a damaging 4-1 defeat against the Iron thanks to three goals in 10 second-half minutes at Glanford Park.

Blues had started the game off in superb fashion with Simon Cox finishing off a fantastic team goal, chesting down Sam Hart’s cross before finding the back of the net.

The visitors continued to look the stronger but Scunthorpe grew into the contest and had fortune on their side as Tom Pearce’s cross floated all the way in for a fortuitous equaliser.

But the way in which Southend collapsed in the second-half will be a major concern for Chris Powell as Blues conceded three goals in 10-minutes to be blown away by Scunthorpe.

Tony McMahon put the home side in front by flicking on a Clayton Lewis corner before George Thomas doubled Scunthorpe’s lead latching onto a Lee Novak knock down.

James Perch then rounded off the scoring heading in a free-kick from the right hand side to ensure Blues winless run extended to nine-games and dragged Southend closer to the relegation zone.

And with bottom club AFC Wimbledon to come this weekend at Roots Hall, that game now looks like a must win for Powell and his side if they are to drag themselves out of danger.

Chris Powell stressed the need to turn Saturday’s draw with Blackpool into a positive and build on that result with another positive performance away at Scunthorpe, and Southend started brightly with former Iron skipper Sam Mantom going close with a free-kick inside two minutes.

And less than a minute later Blues’ bright start was rewarded as Simon Cox put the finishing touches to a superb team goal. Starting from the back, some quick passing led to Sam Hart crossing the ball to Cox who chested it down before shooting across goal and finding the bottom corner.

The home fans were getting agitated with Stuart McCall’s side early on and the goal from Cox only exacerbated matters. And Southend could have added to their anguish when Mantom was slid into the box by Cox, hitting the side netting from a narrow-angle.

But with Blues’ recent poor run in mind, a one-goal lead wasn’t likely to cut it and they almost got caught out by a quick Tony McMahon free-kick which found Levi Sutton. Sutton cut ball back and into the run of Lee Novak who forced a superb point-blank save from Nathan Bishop.

That chance seemed to spur the home side on and they went close once again with another free-kick into the area which bounced around the penalty box before some last-ditch defending from Southend prevented the home side levelling.

However, Blues would only keep them at bay a matter of seconds longer as the Iron levelled in fortuitous circumstances. Midfielder Tom Pearce picked the ball up far on the left side and crossed the ball into the danger zone, seeing his cross float over Bishop and in to make it 1-1.

Scunthorpe now had the momentum and continued to look dangerous going forward, but Southend still had chances to retake the lead with Cox going closest when he got in and rounded Jak Alnwick but couldn’t find the back of the net from an increasingly tight angle.

And the home side themselves had a couple of glorious chances to go into the break in front, the best falling to George Thomas who found himself in acres of space inside the penalty area only to be denied but the leg of Bishop to keep the two sides on terms at the interval.

Both sides went into this game perilously close to the relegation zone so the next goal at Glanford Park was likely to be vital for either side, and Southend carved out a decent opening when Jason Demetriou’s low cross run for Timothee Dieng who fired over the crossbar.  

Mantom then went close direct from a corner which almost caught out Alnwick who tipped the ball away from under his crossbar but that was to be the best Blues could muster as Scunthorpe took the lead and sparked a collapse from the visitors.

The Iron went in front in the 68th minute when a Clayton Lewis corner was flicked on at the near-post by Tony McMahon, with the ball looping up and over Bishop and into the back of the net to the delight of the home fans.

Five minutes later and Scunthorpe were further in front when McMahon’s ball into the box was headed down by Novak. Bishop then suffered an untimely slip which allowed the onrushing Thomas to get to the ball first and put the Iron two goals in front.

Powell reacted by throwing on Stephen McLaughlin and Norman Wabo but within seconds of their introduction, Blues were put out of their misery as a free-kick was whipped into the penalty area and headed beyond the despairing dive of Bishop by James Perch to make it 4-1 to the home side.

Scunthorpe’s 10-minute blitz brought to an end any hope of Southend claiming a first win away at Scunthorpe since September 1983 despite such a bright start to the game, with Southend edging ever closer to the relegation zone ahead of a crunch fixture against AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.

Scunthorpe United XI: Alnwick, McMahon, Ojo, van Veen, Perch, Pearce, Novak, Thomas, Burgess, Sutton (Lewis 46’), McArdle (C). Subs Not Used: Flatt, Webster, Olomola, McGahey, Wootton, Hammill

Blues XI: Bishop, Hyam (Wabo 77’), Turner, Dieng, Cox, Mantom (C), Moore, Demetriou (McLaughlin 77’), Lennon, Bunn (Kightly 83’), Hart. Subs Not Used: Smith, Kiernan, Yearwood, Kelman

Referee: Ben Toner

Assistants: David Avent & Ian Smedley

Fourth Official: Nick Hopton


Scunthorpe United: Tom Pearce 23’, Tony McMahon 68’, George Thomas 73’, James Perch 78’

Southend United: Simon Cox 3’

Yellow Cards:

Scunthorpe United: Clayton Lewis 65’, Kevin van Veen 70’

Southend United: Jason Demetriou 66’

Attendance: 3,233  

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Ticket News

Scunthorpe ticket and travel information

8 March 2019

Scunthorpe tickets are now on sale from the Blues Box Office for the game on Tuesday 12 March.

We have been allocated 250 tickets in the AMS stand of Glanford Park, with more being available if required.

Tickets for the Scunthorpe game will go off sale at 5pm on Monday 11th March, any tickets that haven't been collected for this fixture will be available to collect from Scunthorpe at the collection window which is located next to their Main Ticket Office.

Prices increase on the day of the game and tickets can be purchased with cash on the turnstile or card at the Main Ticket Office.

Prices are as follows:

Category Advanced Price On The Day Price
Adults £22 £25
Seniors (65+) £15 £17
Under 21 £15 £17
Student  £15 £17
Under 18 £6 £8
Under 12 Free* Free*

*Must be purchased from the Ticket Office along with an adult ticket. There is a maximum of two U12’s per adult ticket purchased.

Match Offer

For this match Season Card holders can purchase an additional ticket for £5 to bring a friend. Please note this is one per Season Card holder and cannot be claimed against carer tickets. This offer is only available in advance of the match before the off sale time and date and cannot be purchased on the day of the game. Season Card holders wishing to take advantage of this offer will need to purchase these tickets direct from the Southend United Ticket office either in person or via the phone 08444 770077. Please note these tickets can only be purchased with a full paying ticket for the Season Card holder.

Ambulant disabled tickets are charged at the age relevant price with a carer free of charge if in receipt of High rate DLA for care or mobility.

Wheelchair and carer tickets need to be purchased direct from Scunthorpe on 01724 747670.

Click here to purchase online or call the Ticket Office on 08444 770077.

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