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Big Preview: Gillingham vs Southend United

12 October 2018

Gillingham vs Southend United...

Blues make the short trip over the River Thames tomorrow afternoon to face off against local rivals Gillingham as Chris Powell’s side look to extend their unbeaten run in the league.

Gillingham have been somewhat of a bogey side for Southend in recent years, but Blues put to bed a nine-game winless run against their Kent rivals back in April with a thumping 4-0 win.

Both sides though will go into the weekend with some confidence, with Blues wanting to add to their four-game unbeaten run while Gills look to build on a superb 2-0 win away at Portsmouth.

Saturday will also see the first usage of Gillingham’s new £500,000 hybrid pitch which they finished installing this week, just in time for Gills to go on the hunt for a second home win of the season.  

Gillingham: LWDLLL

Southend United: LDWWWL

2nd April 2018: Southend United (Turner, Robinson, Kightly, McLaughlin) 4 vs 0 Gillingham

29th August 2017: Gillingham (Parker, Ferdinand OG) 2 vs 1 (McLaughlin)

26th August 2017: Gillingham (Eaves 3) 3 vs 3 (Leonard, Kightly, Cox) Southend United

Southend will be without full-back Jason Demetriou for the weekend as he’s away on international duty with Cyprus, along with compatriot Harry Kyprianou who’s away with the u21 side.

John White and Tom Hopper both limped off during last weekend’s draw with Oxford and have been rated 50/50, while Saturday is likely to come too soon for Harry Lennon. 

Harry Bunn remains out with a heel problem picked up a number of weeks ago along with Luke Hyam who’s continuing to recover from an ankle injury.

Gillingham will be without Brandon Hanlan for at least a month after he picked up a hamstring injury in the midweek Checkatrade Trophy defeat to Tottenham’s u21 side.

Connor Ogilvie has returned to training while Regan Charles-Cook and Billy Bingham are both close to a return but won’t be risked on Saturday. Josh Parker is on international duty with Antigua. 

Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:

“We have to be aware of what they can do but like all League One games it’s just about what happens on the day.

“You just have to be prepared and focus on what you’re good at because they’re all difficult games and this one is no different.

“We’re going there with momentum behind us and if we go there and make it 13 points from 15 then you’re talking about staying where we are and aiming higher.

 

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Match Report: Gillingham 0-2 Southend

13 October 2018

A quickfire double from Simon Cox secured Southend a superb 2-0 win at the Priestfield Stadium against Kent rivals Gillingham.

After being pinned back for most of the first-half in windy conditions, Cox grabbed two goals in the space of three second-half minutes to send Blues on their way to a fourth league win in five.

Cox’s first came after good work from the striker inside the box, shifting the ball onto his left foot before firing the ball into the bottom corner, via a deflection.

Three minutes later and Cox was slid in by a perfectly timed pass by Dru Yearwood and slid the ball calmly beyond Tomas Holy to double Southend’s advantage.

The home side huffed and puffed as the second-half went on and Southend had Mark Oxley to thank for keeping daylight between the two sides, making three superb saves late on.

Victory was Blues’ first at Gillingham since 2012 and extended their unbeaten run in the league to five matches ahead of home games with Coventry City and Walsall.

The Blues boss would have been delighted with the response from his side after they laboured to a 0-0 draw against bottom of the table Oxford United last weekend before losing 2-0 convincingly in the Checkatrade Trophy in midweek to Colchester.  

Going into today’s game, Chris Powell was forced into making three changes from Southend’s team that faced Oxford with Elvis Bwomono, Stephen Hendrie and Theo Robinson coming in Jason Demetriou and the injured pair of John White and Tom Hopper.  

The Gills recorded a morale-boosting win on the road at Portsmouth last weekend, putting an end to a 10-game winless run in all competitions, and they were looking for just their second home win of the season and their first on their new £500,000 pitch that finished being laid this week.

After Tom Eaves saw a tame header on goal easily saved in the opening two minutes, Callum Reilly had the home side’s first real effort in anger, striking a low drive that was held at the second attempt by Blues goalkeeper Mark Oxley.

Playing against the wind in the first-half, Southend were looking most dangerous on the counter-attack and twice went close to catching Gillingham on the break. Both times Blues attacked they had Gills three against three only for last-ditch tackles to thwart Simon Cox and Elvis Bwomono.

The blustery conditions were tailor-made for the home side to take a couple of pot-shots from distance in the first-half and a couple of Gills efforts almost paid dividends with Eaves forcing Oxley to tip over a long-range strike before Reilly’s effort moments later was just off target.

Steve Lovell’s side continued to press as the half went on, winning six corners as well as a couple of free-kicks in good crossing positions, but they were unable to break down the defences of the visitors as the two sides went in level at the break.

Attacking the goal where 1,037 Blues fans were housed, Southend began the second-half brightly, although Sam Mantom will want to forget his volley that not only missed the target but went over the grandstand behind the goal and out of the ground completely.

Mere seconds later though and all was forgotten as Southend broke the deadlock with a well-taken strike from Cox. The Blues striker looked to have missed his opportunity as he shifted the ball onto his left foot, but he managed to get a shot away and see it take a slight nick to beat Tomas Holy.  

Those Blues fans that had travelled across the water were now beginning to dream of a first win at the Priestfield Stadium since 2012 and their dreams were starting to look like a reality when Cox doubled Southend’s advantage three minutes after putting Blues in front.

Southend carried the ball forward with menace and Dru Yearwood played a perfectly timed pass into the run of Cox who calmly slid the ball beyond the advancing Holy to put Blues 2-0 up with over half-an-hour still to play.

Gillingham immediately made a double change before making a third shortly after as their captain Gabriel Zakuani was forced off through injury and they began the put pressure on a Southend back-line who were living dangerously in the final quarter of an hour.

Oxley had to be on top form to keep the home side at bay making two superb stops within a minute. First, he parried wide a bullet header from Byrne at the far post before making a fantastic fingertip save to prevent Conor Wilkinson from scoring with his curling effort.

The Blues custodian was then required to tip Eaves’ low cross-shot wide with another fingertip save before Eaves had a guilt-edged chance at the far post go begging when he headed over from close-range to the frustration of the home fans.

With Gillingham pushing desperately forward, Southend almost wrapped the game up in the final minutes on the break when Ben Coker’s effort deflected off the back of Luke O’Neill and onto the crossbar but Cox’s double had done enough to secure Blues a third straight away win.

Gillingham XI: Holy, O’Neill, Lacey (Stevenson 59’), Ehmer, Zakuani (C) (Wilkinson 68’), Parrett, Eaves, Fuller, Reilly (Garmston 59’), List, Byrne. Subs Not Used: Hadler, Oldaker, Rees, Ogilvie

Blues XI: Oxley, Bwomono, Coker, Turner, Dieng, Cox, Yearwood (Lennon 89’), Mantom (C), Moore, Robinson (McCoulsky 80’), Hendrie. Subs Not Used: Bishop, Kightly, McLaughlin, Klass, Hutchinson

Referee: John Busby

Assistants: Carl Fitch-Jackson & David Avent

Fourth Official: Alan Young

Scorers:

Gillingham: None

Southend United: Simon Cox 51’, 54’

Yellow Cards:

Gillingham: None

Southend United: None

Attendance: 5,584 (1,037 Away)

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Ticket News

Gillingham Tickets Coming Off Sale

12 October 2018

Tickets for Blues' trip to Gillingham on Saturday 13th October are on sale until 3pm...

We have been given an initial allocation of 1149, this includes three pairs of wheelchair and carer tickets.

Tickets are located in the Brian Moore Stand, which is uncovered, and will come off sale from the Blues Box Office at 3pm on Friday 12th October.

Tickets will be available on the day of the game, cash only on the turnstiles, and for £2 more than the advertised price below.

Prices:

Category Price
Adult £20
Senior (65+) £16
U18’s £6

Disabled fans pay the age-related price and are entitled to a carer free of charge if in receipt of the higher rate DLA or enhanced level of PIP. 

Travel information for the Gillingham game can be found by clicking here.

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

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