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Big Preview: Southend United vs Oxford United

5 October 2018

Southend United vs Oxford United...

Blues bounce into Saturday full of confidence having made it three wins from three in midweek and they’ll be looking to make it four in four when they host Oxford United at Roots Hall tomorrow. 

Tuesday night’s win on the road at Burton Albion was a big statement of intent from Chris Powell’s side who came from behind for the first time this season to claim all three points.

And they’ll be confident of keeping their run going against an Oxford United side who have lost five of their last six in all competitions, including a last-gasp defeat at home to Luton in midweek.

Karl Robinson’s side have just the one league win so far this season and find themselves in the relegation zone at this early stage, and they will want to turn their fortunes around quickly.

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Blues midfielder Sam Mantom has been declared fit for the weekend having been rested in midweek following a couple of niggling injuries.

Dru Yearwood – who took Mantom’s place in the side against Burton – is being eased back into action by Chris Powell so he may return to the bench in place of the former Scunthorpe man.

Harry Lennon is closing in on a return but is still a week away from competitive action, Luke Hyam is still out, while Harry Bunn is doubtful as he tries shaking off a heel problem which has kept him out of the last three matches.

Shandon Baptiste is suspended for the U’s after picking a one-match ban for a red card in the midweek defeat to Luton Town.

Goalkeeper Simon Eastwood returned to training this week along with on-loan midfielder Marcus Browne, with long-term absentee Rob Hall still out with a knee injury.

Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:

“Now, for me, getting a result and a win at home in front of our fans would really crown and top off a really good week because we’ve had two away trips.

“We need to do it in front of the fans at home, I think it would be fabulous if we could do that and we’ll be digging deep to do that.”

Karl Robinson, Oxford United Manager:

“Things have happened beyond our control but you get that and we have to make sure we wear that shirt with pride on Saturday and in every game and enjoy what we do.

“The Southend fans are good at Roots Hall and Chris Powell is a top man, so it will be difficult. But they are all difficult, aren’t they? So why not roll our sleeves up, roll with the punches and give it everything we have got.”

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Match Report: Southend 0-0 Oxford

6 October 2018

Southend United battled to a goalless draw against struggling Oxford United at Roots Hall.

Neither side were able to break the deadlock with Southend going closest midway through the first-half when Simon Cox rattled the underside of the crossbar and the post with a strike.

Oxford looked the more threatening in the second-period and they had a superb chance to nick the points when Ricky Holmes headed a Tony McMahon cross wide from close range.

And Oxford almost snatched it at the death when McMahon's free-kick was headed towards goal by John Mousinho, forcing a smart reaction save from Mark Oxley to ensure both sides secured a point apeice. 

The result and, arguably, the performance will have been frustrating for Blues boss Chris Powell whose side went into this afternoon’s game off the back of three straight wins and would have been heavy favourites against Oxford.    

Southend were looking for a fourth win in a row for the first time under Powell and following Tuesday’s win on the road at Burton Albion, the Blues gaffer made just the one change to his starting XI – replacing Theo Robinson with Sam Mantom, who skippered the side.

Blues made a bright start in miserable conditions at Roots Hall. With the rain hammering down, Southend forced a smart save from Jonathan Mitchell as early as the eighth minute as Tom Hopper’s low strike was well saved by the legs of the on-loan Derby goalkeeper.

Oxford had been in dire form in the build-up to their visit to Essex, losing five of their last six in all competitions, and they were limited to long-range efforts early on with Gavin Whyte shooting way wide from distance midway through the half.

And while the visitors failed the truly threaten, Southend went incredibly close to breaking the deadlock before the break when Jason Demetriou teed the ball up for Simon Cox. Cox’s shot rebounded off the underside of the crossbar and onto the post before Dru Yearwood blazed over.

Goalless at the break, Oxford looked threatening early in the second-half with Ricky Holmes the key instigator. The former Charlton midfielder played a near-post ball into James Henry which was stabbed away for a corner before flashing a cross across the six-yard box which couldn’t get a touch.

Oxford continued to look the most likely to break through as the second-half wore on and they went close when John Mousinho’s cross was headed just wide by veteran striker Jamie Mackie before Blues suffered a big blow by losing their top-scorer Hopper was forced off with an injury.  

On-loan Bristol City striker Shawn McCoulsky replaced Hopper, but his introduction couldn’t turn the tide and Oxford should have taken the lead with 15 minutes remaining when Tony McMahon’s cross found Holmes at the far-post but the midfielder somehow nodded the ball wide.

Southend needed some sort of spark to get them going and some hustle from Yearwood helped carve out a chance all of his own making, nicking the ball off Curtis Nelson before dragging his shot wide of Mitchell’s right-hand post.

With the game looking almost certain to remain goalless, Blues fans were in uproar with 10 minutes to go when Mackie appeared to elbow Taylor Moore in the back of the head while going for the ball, only for the U’s striker to just be shown a yellow card and be subbed off moments later.

In the final minute of five added on at the end of the game, Blues had Mark Oxley to thank for keeping Oxford out after McMahon’s free-kick found the head of captain Mousinho at the far post, with Oxley having to push the defender’s header wide to ensure both sides took home a point. 

Blues XI: Oxley, Coker, Turner, Dieng, Hopper (McCoulsky 73’), Cox (Robinson 82’), Yearwood, Mantom (C), Moore, Demetriou, White (Kightly 37’). Subs Not Used: Bishop, Bwomono, Klass, Hendrie

Oxford United XI: Mitchell, Dickie, Nelson, Brannagan, Holmes, Ruffels, Mousinho (C), Whyte, Henry, Mackie (Obika 83’), McMahon. Subs Not Used: Shearer, Garbutt, Hanson, Smith, Obika, Long

Referee: Craig Hicks

Assistants: Paul Lister & Stephen Finch

Fourth Official: Richard Kendall

Scorers:

Southend United: None

Oxford United: None

Yellow Cards:

Southend United: Jason Demetriou 86’

Oxford United: Jamie Mackie 81’, Gavin Whyte 84’

Attendance: 6,670 (436 away)

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Blues Take On The U's This Saturday

4 October 2018

Chris Powell's blue army return to Roots Hall this weekend to face Oxford United in another Sky Bet League One fixture...

Blues' return to Roots Hall will be highly anticipated as they are currently on a three-game winning run after beating Fleetwood, Wycombe and Burton.

The run of form has not only pushed Southend further up the table and within reach of the play-offs, but has also boosted the first team's morale.

The previous meeting between the two sides was at the Kassam Stadium in April in which the U's came out on top, and before that Wes Thomas cancelled out Simon Cox's goal in a 1-1 draw.

Powell will be looking to get the better of Karl Robinson's side on the 6th October and he needs your support!

Oxford United haven't had the best start to the league this season and after winning just one, drawing two and losing six games so far they currently sit in 23rd place in Sky Bet League One.

But with the likes of Ricky Holmes and Jamie Mackie in their ranks, the U's squad will hope to turn their fotunes around before long.

Want to watch the Oxford game in style?  

We have a number of packages for you to choose from.  

Executive Box Package  

One-course meal (Please note the meal chosen on a matchday is at the discretion of the Club).  

Examples:  

  • Lasagne & garlic bread  

  • Pie & mash   

  • Chicken curry & rice  

  • Spanish chicken  

  • Chilli con carne & rice  

  • 10 beers or 2 bottles of wine  

  • Optional half time mini pies   

Executive packages from £59.50 per person  

Premium Package  

Premium buffet (Please note the buffet chosen on a matchday is at the discretion of the Club)  

Examples include:  

  • Chicken goujons  

  • Honey & mustard mini sausages  

  • Indian snack selection   

  • Tempura prawns   

  • Chicken satay  

  • Spring rolls   

  • Sausage rolls   

  • Mini quiche selection  

  • 10 premium beers or 2 bottles of wine  

  • Half time mini pies   

Premium packages from £66 per person  

Centre Circle Lounge  

  • One course meal    

  • Draught pint of Heineken or glass of wine   

  • Official matchday programme    

  • Car parking space    

  • Team sheet    

  • Fun quiz to win signed memorabilia    

  • Access to the Blues Legends Lounge after the game   

Centre Circle Lounge price of £55 per person  

Captains Suite  

  • Directors Box seating   

  • Three course meal    

  • Half bottle of wine   

  • Souvenir gift    

  • Half time tea, coffee & biscuits    

  • Official matchday programme    

  • Car parking space    

  • Team sheet    

  • Fun quiz to win signed memorabilia   

Captains Suite price of £70 per person  

Captains Bar  

  • Bar access   

  • Team sheet    

  • Directors Box seating    

  • Official matchday programme    

  • Half time tea & coffee   

  • Car park space   

Captains Bar price of £36 per person  

Blues Legends Lounge  

  • Two course meal    

  • Half bottle of wine    

  • Souvenir gift    

  • Seat in the Blues paddock area    

  • Half time tea, coffee & biscuits    

  • Official matchday programme    

  • Car parking space    

  • Team sheet   

  • Fun quiz to win signed memorabilia  

Blues Legends Lounge price of £60 per person  

*Please note all prices exclude vat  

For pricing and further details on these packages call our commercial department on 01702 304147 or email commercial@southend-united.co.uk.

 

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