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12 March 2019 Venue Glanford Park Attendance

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Powell: "It’s vitally important that we get those points on board to get us to where we want to be.”

11 March 2019

Blues boss Chris Powell looks ahead to his sides midweek clash with Scunthorpe United, who like Southend are desperate for points to claw away from the relegation zone.

On the Blackpool result...

“After coming away with a point after what I thought should have been a deserved three it’s hard, but we have to remain positive and use it to try and build on the performance.  

"Away from home we’ve been better, stronger and we now need to do our best to make it into a real positive point; you have to look forward and take some positivity from the game. 

"It’s hard because everything was against us, even looking at the game and watching it back the number of decisions that didn't go our way, but of course it was the day of Blackpool coming home.

"I don’t think that anyone spoke about us at all, as if we were just turning up to be beaten, and we were a matter of seconds away from really spoiling the party, and that’s disappointing but there’s not much we can do about that now other than focus on Scunthorpe and focus on trying to keep them below us after the game ends. 

On facing Scunthorpe...

“I want to take three against Scunthorpe, of course I do, with the position we’re in we need three. 

“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 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.” 

On picking up crucial points...

“I know it’s a cliché with the six-pointers, but it’s a must-win game, every game is regardless of who we're playing or where they are in the table, and we can’t underestimate them or any of our opponents in the remaining 10 games. 

“What we’ve got to do is be in contention and try and nudge ahead and be ahead, try and take the chances that come our way, be as clinical when we can, when we have our moments. 

"On Saturday we didn’t have loads of moments, but we were clinical and the moment that really changed the game was Simon Cox’s chance, and they are the types of chances I’m talking about, those moments in games that we have to take from now on. 

“We can’t feel too sorry for ourselves, I told the players that after the game, a lot of people after the game would have said that a point away to Blackpool on the backdrop of all that's going on would have been great, we know it should have been three, but we’ve got to move on. 

“It's now at the time that we’ve got to get around one another and produce performances that are worthy of this club and themselves and we’ve got to keep doing that because it’s vitally important that we get those points on board to get us to where we want to be.” 

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Match Reports

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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