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Big Preview: Southend United vs Scunthorpe United

27 November 2018

Southend United vs Scunthorpe United...

Southend United will host Stuart McCall’s Scunthorpe United this evening at Roots Hall in what is a crunch match for both sides.

Both teams come into the game off the back of defeats at the weekend and Blues will be desperate to arrest a winless run which has seen them fail to pick up a point so far in November.

The Iron are just the two points below Southend in the table and they too are in a poor run of form, losing their last three league games to Wycombe, Peterborough and Plymouth.

And with both set for Emirates FA Cup action this coming weekend, Chris Powell and his counterpart McCall will be keen to go into the second round off the back of a positive result. 

Southend United: LWLWDL

Scunthorpe United: LWLWDL

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

4th February 2017: Southend United (Fortune, Cox, Leonard) 3 vs 1 (Wallace) Scunthorpe United

Former Scunthorpe United striker Tom Hopper will miss the first opportunity to face off against his former side as he continues to recover from a serious knee injury.

Defender Michael Turner serves the final game of his three-game ban for a red card picked up against Blackpool, with fellow defender Harry Kyprianou out with an Achilles problem.

Long-term absentees Ben Coker, Harry Lennon and Sam Barratt remain unavailable, while Dru Yearwood may be rested having potentially not fully recovered from a hip problem.

Scunthorpe United will likely be without Funso Ojo tonight after the midfielder was forced off with a hamstring injury in the first-half of the Iron’s defeat to Portsmouth on Saturday.  

Defender James Perch is available again after suspension, but Ryan Colclough, Jordan Clarke, Levi Sutton and Josh Morris are all out through injury. 

Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:

“We know, and I know, that we have players and a squad capable of getting results at this level, but at this present time it isn’t happening, so we need to show a bit of character.

“It might even get harder before it gets better. We’ve all been there in different ways and at different levels and we know how great a game it can be when you win, but when you lose and you’re scratching around for points it can be tough.

“What you’ve got to do is still believe in yourself that you can be the one that makes a difference, believe in yourself as a team and a squad.”

Stuart McCall, Scunthorpe United Manager:

“Since Saturday, two more lads are unable to travel with us as well. We are depleted in numbers, there’s no doubt about that, but it’s not an excuse as Southend are in the same boat. We have to get on with it and do the best we can.”

“It’s maybe a case of needs must and we’ll look at what we have available. Ideally, we’d like to drip-feed Josh (Morris) back into it but he’s trained well again on Monday and we’ll look at who we have available. Josh will certainly travel with us, that’s for sure. He’s totally pain-free now and all his checks have come back clear.”

“It’s tougher for the fans who are going down there, that’s for sure. We’ll set off early morning, and check into a hotel in the afternoon. The lads will get a couple of hours’ sleep and will go for a walk and get a bite to eat. It’s part and parcel, and we’ll get on with it.”

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Match Report: Southend 2-0 Scunthorpe

27 November 2018

Southend ended their winless run in the league as goals from Timothee Dieng and Sam Mantom secured Blues a 2-0 win against Scunthorpe United at Roots Hall.

Both sides came into the match desperate for a positive result with Blues losing their last four in the league and Scunthorpe picking up just a point in their last four.

But it was the home side that took an early lead when Dieng got on the end of a Harry Bunn cross and powered his header beyond Jak Alnwick inside 10 minutes.

Stephen McLaughlin forced Alnwick into two top-drawer saves before the Irishman was involved in James Perch getting sent off for two fouls on the Blues midfielder before the break.

Despite their man advantage, Blues invited pressure from the 10-men of Scunthorpe who had a string of decent chances to level before Mantom settled the tie by scoring against his former side.

The victory was a much-needed tonic for Blues boss Chris Powell and a big confidence boost for his side ahead of Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup tie against Barnsley.

Going into this evening’s game, Powell will have wanted to call upon the spirit of his first ever game as Southend boss in January which saw Blues get a then morale-boosting 3-2 win against the Iron with a late winner from Michael Turner.  

In an attempt to arrest a poor recent run in the league, Powell made three changes to his side that lost to struggling AFC Wimbledon with Luke Hyam, Stephen McLaughlin and Harry Bunn coming into the starting line-up to face Scunthorpe who themselves were in a poor run of form.

Just like last Saturday against the Dons, Southend started brightly and would take the lead in the eighth minute when Bunn’s cross from the left was powered home by the head of Timothee Dieng, with his header having too much power for goalkeeper Jak Alnwick.

Blues looked to strike again while the iron was hot and almost doubled their lead just three minutes later when McLaughlin cut inside onto his left foot and curled a superb effort towards goal which was only equalled by Alnwick’s fingertip save that sent it wide.

McLaughlin was starting to have his own personal battle with the Iron goalkeeper as just after the half-hour mark the Irishman curled another effort towards goal, this time from even further out, and once again Alnwick sprung across to his right to tip the ball away expertly.  

Southend were deservedly in front and their task of picking up a win was only enhanced when James Perch was sent off before the break. He was shown a yellow for a follow-through on McLaughlin before being shown a second card 10 minutes later for another foul on the Blues midfielder.

Powell’s side had chances to double their lead before the interval but in the second-half, it was the visitors who were putting the pressure on Blues, despite their numerical disadvantage with Scunthorpe going close on three occasions, all from set-pieces.

Cameron Burgess headed the ball onto the top of the crossbar from a corner early on in the half before Lee Novak had a great chance with a free header which went wide minutes later. Josh Morris then forced Mark Oxley into a diving save direct from a free-kick as the Iron picked up the pressure.

Bearing in mind recent performances, there was a nervousness in the air around Roots Hall which only a second goal would have lifted, and Southend twice went close to lifting the mood when Bunn and Sam Mantom both flashed efforts wide.

But Southend, in the end, would make their extra man count and it would be a former Scunthorpe player that would end his former side’s resurgence as Mantom lashed the ball beyond Alnwick after Shawn McCoulsky’s header fell to the midfielder 15-yards out to double Blues' lead. 

The second put some much-needed daylight between Blues and Scunthorpe but the visitors could have reduced the deficit to one again almost immediately when Novak hit the crossbar before Oxley gratefully pounced on the loose ball.

In injury-time Southend had the chance to put the gloss on the victory when substitute Michael Kightly weaved his way into the penalty box and saw his firm strike cleared off the line by Rory McArdle but Blues had done more than enough to seal a vital three points.

Blues XI: Oxley, Hyam, Dieng (McCoulsky 74’), Cox (Kightly 86’), McLaughlin, Mantom (C), Moore, Demetriou (Bwomono 15’), Bunn, Hendrie, White. Subs Not Used: Bishop, Yearwood, Klass, Robinson

Scunthorpe United XI: Alnwick, Horsfield (Lewis 74’), Ugbo (Wootton 76’), Morris, Dales (El-Mhanni 63’), Perch, Novak, Thomas, Goode, Burgess, McArdle (C). Subs Not Used: Flatt, Humphrys, Pugh

Referee: Trevor Kettle

Assistants: George Byrne & Daniel Cook

Fourth Official: Nigel Lugg

Scorers:

Southend United: Timothee Dieng 8’, Sam Mantom 80’

Scunthorpe United: None

Yellow Cards:

Southend United: None

Scunthorpe United: James Perch 28’, Lee Novak 45+4’, Andy Dales 62’

Red Cards:

Southend United: None

Scunthorpe United: James Perch 38’

Attendance:  5,110 (116 Away)

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Be Part Of It Against The Iron

26 November 2018

Blues are once again back at Roots Hall for another Sky Bet League One clash, this time Stuart McCall's Scunthorpe United are the visitors...

Southend head into next Tuesday's game off the back of a dramatic 6-2 win over Crawley Town which meant Blues progressed through to the Second Round of the Emirates FA Cup for the first time since 2013, a real boost for the club.

Chris Powell will be looking to use the win to push on and start a run of form and change the result at Roots Hall into positive matches.

The last time the Iron visited Roots Hall was Powell's first game in charge of the squad which took place back on 27th January 2018. Southend ran out 3-2 winners in an end-to-end game that was rounded off with Michael Turner scoring the winning goal in the 92nd minute, and next weeks fixture is sure to be another cracker.

Show your support for Blues and be part of it on Tuesday evening!

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