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Big Preview: Southend United vs Fleetwood Town

21 September 2018

Southend United vs Fleetwood Town...

Southend United will be desperate not to record a fourth successive league defeat tomorrow afternoon as Joey Barton’s Fleetwood Town make the long trip down to Roots Hall.

Defeats to Shrewsbury, Peterborough and Charlton have put Blues just a point above the relegation zone at this early stage of the season and boss Chris Powell is looking for a response from his side.

Visitors Fleetwood, on the other hand, make the trip south unbeaten in seven league games having not tasted defeat since the opening day of the campaign against AFC Wimbledon.

The Cod Army have proven a tough nut to crack with three wins and four draws so far this season and they are unbeaten in their last three visits to Roots Hall. 

Southend United: LLWLWL

Fleetwood Town: DDDWLD

13th January 2018: Southend United (Kightly) 1 vs 2 (Diagouraga, Madden) Fleetwood Town

23rd September 2017: Fleetwood Town (Bell, Cole) 2 vs 4 (Cox, McLaughlin, Ranger, McGlashan) Southend United

28th January 2017: Fleetwood Town (Ball) 1 vs 1 (Wordsworth) Southend United

Blues will again be without captain Mark Oxley and midfielder Michael Kightly as they serve the final game of their three-game bans following their red cards against Charlton.

Defender Harry Lennon is still unavailable as he recovers from a broken toe while midfielders Luke Hyam and long-term absentee Sam Barratt also remain out.

Dru Yearwood has been described as ‘tantalisingly close’ to a return, but Saturday’s game is expected to come too quickly for the youngster who’s returning from a hamstring problem.

Fleetwood will be without captain Craig Morgan and attacker Conor McAleny after both limped off during Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Accrington with hamstring issues.

Dean Marney also picked up a knock in that game but is expected to be available while Ched Evans is expected to feature having returned from an ankle injury. Wes Burns is suspended. 

Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:

“We’re playing against a side that only lost their first game, have drawn a few and picked up some good wins.

“As I said to the players last Saturday straight after the game, let alone this week, whatever happens, the eleven that are there when that whistle blows at 3 o’clock, you have to be ready.

“You have to put all negative thoughts to one side because we have to win a football match. These are the crucial times you have to stick together and be as one and eventually I have full trust in the boys they will get through it and get a result."

Joey Barton, Fleetwood Town Manager:

“The key for us is making sure that we’re the best version of us because we’ve proven that if we’re at it, we’re more than a match for anybody.

“Weirdly, we’re actually looking forward to away games because we’ve been so good on the road and [I’m] delighted to be back on the road this week and a game that, if we do what we can do, we can win.”

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Match Report: Southend 1-0 Fleetwood

22 September 2018

Southend United recorded a much needed three points after Simon Cox’s second-half strike secured Blues a 1-0 win against Fleetwood Town at Roots Hall.

Following three successive defeats in the league, Chris Powell rung the changes and freshened up the formation, and Blues would dominate the first-half without being able to break the deadlock.

But unlike in previous games at Roots Hall, Southend would not pay for their profligacy as a Simon Cox tap in opened the scoring less than 10-minutes into the second-half.

Paddy Madden had Fleetwood’s best chance to equalise almost immediately, only to be snuffed out by a superb sliding tackle from Michael Turner to protect Southend’s clean sheet.  

Fleetwood would finish the game with 10-men after James Wallace saw red in injury time for a second bookable offence as Southend held out to record a vital victory.     

The win was the reaction that Chris Powell was looking for following the disappointment of losing at Shrewsbury last weekend and was a deserved result on the balance of the play.

Following that defeat in Shropshire – Southend’s third in a row in the league – Chris Powell mixed things up for the visit of Joey Barton’s Fleetwood, who themselves were unbeaten since the opening day of the season.

Michael Turner came back into the back-three with Theo Robinson partnering Tom Hopper up front with Southend switching to a 3-4-1-2 and the new look Blues line-up would control the vast majority of the first-half at without being able to break through the Cod Army defences.

It was an error at the back by the visitors that put Blues in for their first real chance of the afternoon when a loose pass from Ashley Eastham was pounced upon. Jason Demetriou couldn’t pick out a man in the middle before a goalmouth scramble ended in Town hacking it clear.

Persistent rain in the area was the perfect excuse for Blues to try some efforts from long range with a couple of efforts from Timothee Dieng and one from Robinson testing goalkeeper Alex Cairns but the Fleetwood ‘keeper was up to the challenge.

Having been second best in the first-half, Fleetwood began the second half strongly and Paddy Madden – who’d scored five in his last five appearances against Blues – saw his downward header go perilously close to opening the scoring, only to come off the outside of the post.

But unlike in previous games where Blues have been made to pay for not converting their first-half dominance, this time they would open the scoring after Simon Cox capitalised on a slip from Cian Bolger to open the scoring inside 10-minutes of the restart.

Former Southend defender Bolger lost his balance after Cairns had played the ball out to him, leaving Robinson to clip a low ball across to Cox who just about managed to tap the ball home from a couple of yards out for his second goal of the season.

With recent results eating away at the confidence of Powell’s side, it was imperative that Blues didn’t concede quickly after going in front and only a vital sliding tackle from Turner at David Stockdale’s near-post prevented Madden from slotting in an immediate equaliser.

Fleetwood was perplexed to a see a penalty shout waved away by referee Charles Breakspear with less than 15 minutes to go, although it looked more as though it was two Town players that collided, as Southend counted down the minutes to their first win in four.

Five minutes added time was shown at the end of the half with Barton’s side pushing for an equaliser, but the visitors would fail to level and would end the game with 10-men after sub James Wallace was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Shawn McCoulsky.

The final whistle from referee Breakspear was greeted by cheers as much as relief by the Roots Hall crowd as Southend ended their run with a hard-fought and deserved three points.

Blues XI: Stockdale, Coker, Turner, Dieng, Hopper (McCoulsky 90+3’), Cox, Mantom (C), Demetriou, Robinson (Klass 78’), Moore, White. Subs Not Used: Bishop, Bwomono, McLaughlin, Kyprianou, Hutchinson

Fleetwood Town XI: Cairns, Coyle, Holt, Eastham (C), Dempsey (R Wallace 59’), Evans, Bolger, Madden, Jones, Hunter, Marney (J Wallace 46’). Subs Not Used: Crellin, Grant, Biggins, Sheron, Rydel

Referee: Charles Breakspear

Assistants: Michael Webb & Marc Wilson

Fourth Official: Michael George

Scorers:

Southend United: Simon Cox 53’

Fleetwood Town: None

Yellow Cards:

Southend United: Simon Cox 60’

Fleetwood Town: James Wallace 58’, Ashley Hunter 79’

Red Cards:

Southend United: None

Fleetwood Town: James Wallace 90+4’

Attendance: 5,712 (51 Away)

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Back Blues Against The Cod Army

19 September 2018

Blues are back at Roots Hall next weekend for the visit of Joey Barton’s 8th placed Fleetwood Town...

Chris Powell’s side were beaten away to Shrewsbury last week and they will be looking to give the home fans a reaction come the 22nd of September. 

The history between the two sides is rather short with just 10 games being played between each other, but the playing fields are level with two victories going to both the Cod Army and Blues and six draws splitting the opponents down the middle. 

A win would not only make Blues the more dominant side in terms of head-to-head games but could also push them up the table and give them the valuable points that could prove vital come to the end of the season. 

Fleetwood Town appointed former Manchester City, Burnley and QPR midfielder Joey Barton on the 2nd June and the decision to give the 36-year-old his first managerial job has paid off with the club currently sitting in 6th place after winning three, drawing three and losing just one game so far this season. 

Barton brought in a total of 15 new players during the summer transfer window with the likes of Ched Evans, Paddy Madden, Craig Morgan and Chris Long all joining the Cod Army. All are proven players at this level and they have already got of the mark in the 2018/19 campaign, they will all be ones to watch next weekend. 

 

Want to watch the Fleetwood 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 £53 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 £62.50 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 £50 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 £65 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 £34 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 £55 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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