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Big Preview: Southend United vs Crawley Town

9 November 2018

Southend United vs Crawley Town...

Southend switch their attentions to the Emirates FA Cup for the first time this season as they host Crawley Town at Roots Hall, hoping to put to an end a miserable run of form in the competition.

Blues have failed to win any of their last four 1st Round ties and last year were dumped out of the competition by League Two side Yeovil Town at Huish Park.  

Fellow League Two side Crawley haven’t exactly had the best of luck in this competition either, and since reaching the 5th Round in both 2011 and 2012, they’ve made it to the 2nd Round just once.

Both sides go into the game off of back-to-back defeats in the league, so they’ll both be desperate to end that run come Saturday and be in the hat for the 2nd Round draw on Monday night. 

Southend United: LLWLWL

Crawley Town: LLDWLL

6th October 2015: Crawley Town 0 vs 3 (Weston, Pigott 2)

5th March 2012: Southend United 0 vs 0 Crawley Town

30th August 2011: Southend United (Dickinson) 1 vs 0 Crawley Town

Blues boss Chris Powell has assured Southend fans that he will field a strong team for the visit of Crawley, that’s despite seeing his side suffer a number of serious injuries in recent weeks.

Striker Tom Hopper and defender Ben Coker were ruled out for the rest of the season prior to the defeat at Barnsley with serious knee injuries, joining midfielder Sam Barratt on the treatment table.

Powell though still has plenty of options with Simon Cox, Theo Robinson and Shawn McCoulsky all fighting for a place up front as Blues look to score their first goal in three games.

Crawley have midfielder Josh Payne and defender Bondz N’Gala available again after both returned from suspension last weekend, with Payne playing the full 90 minutes in the defeat to MK Dons.

Former Blues goalkeeper Glenn Morris is set to face his former club for the first time since leaving Roots Hall back in 2012, having previously spent two years at the club.  

Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:

“Every fan I meet in shops, the petrol station and what have you, they tell me we haven’t had a cup run for a long time and we’re overdue.

“I’ve been involved as a player here many moons ago in a cup run, I’ve been involved in cup runs elsewhere as a player and as a manager got to the quarter-finals, and really should have progressed to the semis which would have been amazing.

“It was a welcome distraction from the league and it was welcomed. Initially, there’s a bit of interest but it does build round to round and I know what it can do to the football club and the squad, but also for the supporters and the town.”

Non season card holders

Season card holders**

£15 - Adults

£12 - Adults

£10 - Concessions (Students, Young Person (17-22), Student, Disabled Adult* and Over 60s)

£8 – Concessions (Students, Young Person (17-22), Student, Disabled Adult*, and Over 60s)

£5 – Juniors (16 and under)

£4 – Juniors (16 and under)

 

*Disabled adults are charged the concessionary rate and all other price bands are charged the age relevant price with a carer free of charge if required.

**The season card holder discount will only be valid in advance of the fixture. All sales on the day of the match will be charged at the non season ticket holder price.

Sunday marks the Armistice Centenary, one hundred years since the end of the First World War.

Prior to kick-off when Blues face Crawley Town in the FA Cup we will be joined by the British Legion as we join clubs across the nation in paying tribute to all those connected to our clubs, towns and cities who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Before kick-off the Last Post will be played, after which we ask you to join us in observing a minute’s silence in their memory, which will start and end on the referee’s whistle.

We will remember them.

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Match Report: Southend 1-1 Crawley

10 November 2018

Southend suffered more late drama as John White’s own goal means Blues and Crawley will have to meet again in 10 days’ time, following a 1-1 draw in the Emirates FA Cup.

Blues dominated the first-half and, after Simon Cox missed two clear chances in front of goal, Michael Kightly put Southend in front after less than 10 minutes.

Ollie Palmer thought he’d headed Crawley level before the interval, only for the goal to be ruled out for offside, but Southend should have been home and hosed by the break.

Crawley grew into the contest as the second-half wore on and went close when Joe McNerney hit the top of the crossbar from a Filipe Morais free-kick.

And with nerves jangling at the back, The Red Devils broke through when Morais’ low cross was turned into his own net by John White, forcing a replay.

Having conceded so late against Barnsley last weekend, this would have been another bitter pill to swallow for Chris Powell who knows he should have ended Blues’ FA Cup hoodoo with a win.

Instead, both sides will now meet again in a week and a half’s time in a replay to decide who will advance to the second round.

Chris Powell said before the game that he was keen to end Southend’s abysmal run in the Emirates FA Cup, with Blues having not won in the competition for four years, and the Southend boss made just the three changes to the side that lost out late on at Barnsley.

Stephen McLaughlin and Michael Kightly were deployed down the wings and Theo Robinson joined Simon Cox up front, and it was Robinson’s strike partner who had two glorious chances to give Blues an early lead at Roots Hall.

The first chance came after Jason Demetriou played a low ball into the area with Cox meeting it, but only finding the chest of Glenn Morris in goal. Minutes later and Kightly floated the ball perfectly onto the head of Cox, but his header was poor and missed the target.

Visitors Crawley had been dismal in defence in their last two games, conceding nine times, and Southend eventually capitalised on that fragility by opening the scoring through Kightly. The Blues number seven got on the end of a slide-rule pass from Cox and fired past Morris inside 10 minutes.

Southend continued to dominate their League Two opposition after taking the lead and they went close again when McLaughlin cut onto his left-foot inside the area, forcing a smart save from Morris with a low strike.

Crawley – who themselves had had a miserable recent record in the cup – looked bereft of ideas up front but they did get the ball in the back of the net before the break when Ollie Palmer’s glancing header beat Mark Oxley, only for the linesman to rule it out for offside.  

Having dominated the first-half, Blues will have felt they should have been more than a goal to the good at the break, but with the scoreline at 1-0 you could never consider Crawley to be out of the contest and they had a half-chance to level when Mark Connolly headed over from a corner.

Crawley were starting to grow in confidence and they carved out their best chance of the game after the hour. The ball fell kindly to Panutche Camara who failed to pull the trigger in the area, but Southend couldn’t clear their lines and Camara’s snapshot was saved by the legs of Oxley.  

As the minutes passed, Crawley kept getting closer and closer and the visitors went within inches of grabbing an equaliser when Filipe Morais’ free-kick was headed onto the top of the crossbar by Joe McNerney.

And after pushing and pushing, the Blues defence cracked when Crawley grabbed an equaliser that their second-half display arguably deserved. A low cross into a dangerous area from Morais was begging to get a final touch, with John White the unfortunate one putting into his own net.

Southend have made a habit of conceding goals late and were punished for not putting Gabriele Cioffi’s side away in the first-half, with both sides now having to face a replay in a week and half’s time to decide who will make the second round.

Blues XI: Oxley, Turner, Kightly (Bunn 71’), Dieng, Cox, McLaughlin, Mantom (C), Demetriou, Robinson (Yearwood 71’), Hendrie, White. Subs Not Used: Bishop, Bwomono, Moore, Kyprianou, McCoulsky

Crawley Town XI: Morris, Young, Payne, McNerney, Connolly, Palmer, Gambin (Grego-Cox 80’), Francomb (Nathaniel-George 57’), Maguire, Morais (C), Camara. Subs Not Used: Mersin, Doherty, Vincelot, Bulman, N’Gala

Referee: Scott Oldham

Assistants: Isaac Searle & Stephen Brown

Fourth Official: Alan Dale

Scorers:

Southend United: Michael Kightly 9’

Crawley Town: John White O.G. 85’

Yellow Cards:

Southend United: John White 65’, Simon Cox 72’, Timothee Dieng 76’

Crawley Town: None

Attendance: 3,935 (323 Away)

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Get Your FA Cup Tickets

9 November 2018

Southend United return to Roots Hall in the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday 10th November - 3pm Kick-Off.

The Emirates FA Cup might come as a welcome distraction from the league campaign for boths clubs, and for the first time since 2014 Blues will have their home comforts.

A 2-1 defeat to Chester was the last time Roots Hall hosted an FA Cup game, and Blues will be looking to improve on their recent record in the competition when they face the League Two outfit.

Tickets are priced as follows:

Non season card holders

Season card holders**

£15 - Adults

£12 - Adults

£10 - Concessions (Students, Young Person (17-22), Student, Disabled Adult* and Over 60s)

£8 – Concessions (Students, Young Person (17-22), Student, Disabled Adult*, and Over 60s)

£5 – Juniors (16 and under)

£4 – Juniors (16 and under)

*Disabled adults are charged the concessionary rate and all other price bands are charged the age relevant price with a carer free of charge if required.

**The season card holder discount will only be valid in advance of the fixture. All sales on the day of the match will be charged at the non season ticket holder price.

Please note that all stands will now be open for this game.

Season card seats will be held from Monday 29th October 9.30am until Sunday 4th November, any seats not purchased by this date will be released for general sale at 9.30am Monday 5th November.

How to buy season card seats for cup games.

Purchase tickets for the game from the Blues Box Office, Online or by calling 08444 770077.

The game falls a day before Armistice Day and will therefore be when the club holds its annual Remembrance commemorations. Supporters are advised to arrive early for this and more detials will be announced in due course.

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