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Blues boss looks ahead to Shrewsbury

14 September 2018

Chris Powell wants an improvement in concentration levels when Southend travel to Shrewsbury this weekend.

Blues have conceded late goalsat home to Charlton and Peterborough in their previous two Sky Bet League One games which have cost them a point in each.

Although chances are being created, Powell says ‘lapses of concentration’ must be eradicated.

“The two results have been tough to take, but being realistic they have happened and we can’t do anything about them now,” said Powell.

“All we have to do is concentrate on the next game, which is Shrewsbury.

“We have to go there believing in ourselves and what we have done in those games. It’s not like we aren’t creating chances to score goals and win the game, but lapses of concentration towards the end of games have cost us which ultimately has resulted in us losing the game.

“I’ve been very frank and open with the players. We’ve looked at things in all seven games and we won’t panic, we’ll still keep doing what we’ve been doing, but ultimately we have to keep it as tight as we can at the back because we know we can create to win games.”

Shrewsbury are still looking for their first win under boss John Askey after surprising everyone last season.

But they have drawn four of seven games including against second-placed Portsmouth last weekend.

“It happens to a lot of teams,” Powell added. “They couldn’t get over the line the play-off final, and they were in the final of the Checkatrade Trophy, so it was a wonderful year, and to emulate that is a tall order. Equally, with a new manager and losing some players, they are adapting.

“They had a good result last weekend against Portsmouth. They’ve got a way of playing at the minute and we have to overcome that.

“I know the stats in regards to wins, draws and losses, but ultimately League One you can’t call it. It’s whatever happens on the day.

“We’re going to have to make sure we put in a sturdy performance away from home like we have done at Bristol Rovers and Plymouth, where we should’ve really taken six points instead of four.

“I can take heart from we’ve been pretty good on the road so far and we need to emulate that up at Shrewsbury.”

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Match Report: Shrewsbury 2-0 Southend

15 September 2018

Blues fell to a third successive league defeat as goals from Greg Docherty and Lee Angol secured Shrewsbury a 2-0 win at the Montgomery Waters Meadow.

Shrews, who went into the game looking for their first win of the season, made the perfect start to proceedings scoring after five minutes with Docherty’s well-taken strike inside the area.  

Southend rallied and went close to levelling before the interval through Simon Cox but were caught with a sucker-punch second goal in first-half stoppage time through Lee Angol.

Angol had a superb chance to extend Shrewsbury’s lead in the second-half but he was denied by a reflex save by David Stockdale with Stockdale’s opposite number Joel Coleman rarely troubled.

Defeat for Blues was their fourth straight loss to Shrewsbury and the win for the home side saw them leapfrog Southend in the table following their first maximum of the campaign.

The result, as well as the performance, will raise more questions than answers for Blues boss Chris Powell who will be disappointed following more positive showings in defeats to Peterborough United and Charlton Athletic.

And following that defeat to Posh last weekend, Powell mixed things up in defence ahead of today’s trip to Shropshire, replacing Elvis Bwomono and Michael Turner with Jason Demetriou and Taylor Moore while left-back Ben Coker made his 200th appearance for the club.

The hosts came into this game off the back of a spirited performance away at Portsmouth that earned them a point last weekend and they also made two changes and The Salop were still without a win this season following the appointment of John Askey in the summer.

Blues were hoping to maintain a trend that had seen both of their last two defeats followed up with wins, but they made a nightmare start as Shrewsbury opened the scoring inside the first five minutes at the Montgomery Waters Meadow.

Alex Gilliead’s break down the left looked to have been marshalled perfectly by the returning Jason Demetriou but the Shrews winger somehow managed to prod the ball across goal to Greg Docherty who expertly chested the ball down before firing into the roof of the net.

The early goal left Southend plenty of time to come back but it was the home side who looked the more threatening in attack with Lee Angol forcing a couple of routines saves out of David Stockdale as the home side looked to extend their lead.

Chris Powell’s side grew into the game the longer the half went on and they twice went close before the interval when a Stephen McLaughlin cross fell kindly to Simon Cox who couldn’t fire past Joel Coleman before another McLaughlin cross saw Tom Hopper head just wide.

Blues though were caught by a sucker-punch right on the stroke of half-time when they failed to deal with a corner from the left, leaving Shrewsbury’s dangerman Angol to fire home a second with virtually the last kick of the half.

Buoyed by that goal in first-half stoppage time, Shrewsbury came out looking for a goal to kill off any hopes Southend had of salvaging a point, going close early in the second period when Gilliead’s low ball found Shaun Whalley whose shot was blocked by Taylor Moore.

Moore then had an effort of his own blocked up the other end of the pitch moments before Angol forced a superb reaction save from David Stockdale. Whalley’s cross found the striker unmarked at the far post but his downward header was saved by the leg of the ‘keeper to keep the arrears at two.

Angol again forced the on-loan Birmingham goalkeeper into action with a long-range effort that was claimed at the second attempt and time was quickly running out for Blues if they were to claim anything from their trip.

Powell brought on Theo Robinson and Shawn McCoulsky in an attempt to grab one back and make a nervy finish for the home side but Southend’s best chance came after a mix-up in the Shrewsbury back-line which saw Mat Sadler almost put the ball in his own net before hooking it clear.

Blues never quite looked likely to threaten the Shrewsbury goal again after that with the Shrews fans rejoicing their first win in all competitions as the full-time whistle blew, leaving Southend to ponder what needs to change to reverse their fortunes.

Shrewsbury Town XI: Coleman, Emmanuel, Sadler (C), Beckles, Whalley, Docherty (Laurent 90+5’), Angol (John-Lewis 88’), Gilliead, Waterfall, Norburn, Grant. Subs Not Used: Arnold, Gnahoua, Bolton, Amadi-Holloway, Barnett

Blues XI: Stockdale, Coker, Dieng, Hopper, Cox (McCoulsky 80’), McLaughlin (Robinson 60’), Mantom (C), Moore, Demetriou, Bunn, White. Subs Not Used: Bishop, Bwomono, Turner, Klass, Hendrie

Referee: Christopher Sarginson

Assistants: Anthony Moore & Richard Bartlett

Fourth Official: Ravel Cheosiaua

Scorers:

Shrewsbury Town: Greg Docherty 5’, Lee Angol 45+2’

Southend United: None

Yellow Cards:

Shrewsbury Town: Lee Angol 69’

Southend United: Stephen McLaughlin 35’, Timothee Dieng 45’, Jason Demetriou 70’, Simon Cox 76'

Attendance: 5,651 (312 Away)

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Shrewsbury Tickets Coming Off Sale

13 September 2018

Tickets for Blues' game against Shrewsbury Town on Saturday 15th September will be coming off sale at midday on Friday...

We have been issued 512 tickets that will be situated in the DM Recruitment Stand.
 
Ticket sales on the day of the game will be cash only at the DM Recruitment Stand and will have no price increase. 
 
Please note there is no cash machine located near or inside the ground.
 
Prices are as follow:
 
  Price
Adult £20.00
Senior £15.00
Disabled £15.00
Student (with valid NUS card) £15.00
Young person £15.00
Junior (12-18) £8.00
Juniors (Under 12) Free
Disabled carer Free
 
We have been issued 6 pairs of wheelchair and carer tickets which come at the above prices.
 
 

Want to watch the Shrewsbury game in style?

They are offering Blues fans the opportunity to experience hospitality in their VIP package.
 
This package includes: 
  • VIP Car Parking 
  • Complimentary match programme / team sheet for each guest
  • Padded seats in the executive area
  • Pre – match meal
  • Half time refreshments
  • Cash bar available throughout the afternoon
Price per person is £60 +vat.
 
For bookings and further details contact Shrewsbury on 01743 289 177 ext 218 or email andy.tretton@shrewsburytown.co.uk

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