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Big Preview: Southend United vs Peterborough United

7 September 2018

Southend United vs Peterborough United...

Blues return to Sky Bet League One action tomorrow afternoon and they face a tough test at Roots Hall as they welcome the table-toppers Peterborough United.

The Posh, with manager Steve Evans and striker Jason Cummings both receiving monthly manager and player awards in League One respectively, currently occupy top spot on goal-difference having dropped just two points from their six games so far.

They’ll be on the lookout for a first win away at Southend since 1999, and will do so knowing they have scored the most goals out of all the teams in the top four tiers (16).

They arguably won’t have a better opportunity either with Southend’s list of absentees showing no sign of abating with influential players such as captain Mark Oxley missing.

Chris Powell’s side though will have taken some confidence from the come-from-behind win against Cambridge in midweek with the Blues boss hoping to celebrate his birthday with three points.

Southend United: WLWLWD

Peterborough United: DDWWWL

3rd February 2018: Peterborough United 0 vs 1 (Demetriou) Southend United

6th December 2017: Peterborough United (Edwards, Maddison) 2 vs 0 Southend United

17th October 2017: Southend United (Fortune) 1 vs 1 (Marriott) Peterborough United

As mentioned earlier, Blues have quite an extensive list of players missing through suspension, injury as well as international call-ups, with Jason Demetriou and Harry Kyprianou away with Cyprus.

Captain Mark Oxley and winger Michael Kightly begin their three-game suspensions after both were sent off against Charlton, leaving goalkeeper Nathan Bishop in line to make his first league start.

Shawn McCoulsky will be pushing for a starting spot after scoring twice against Cambridge in the Checkatrade Trophy while Saturday might also see league debuts for Harry Bunn and Taylor Moore.

Peterborough, on the other hand, are reporting a relatively clean bill of health with only Callum Cooke unlikely to feature after he picked up an ankle injury against MK Dons in midweek.

Matt Godden, Jason Cummings and Siriki Dembele will all be looking to continue their good form having all been nominated for the PFA League One Player of the Month Award for August.  

Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:

“We always look at ways to try and win a game. We’ll have to look at some strengths that they have, which they undoubtedly do have. It’s about is trying to create chances, score those chances and win a football match.

“We want to get a result, but we’ve been very up and down. We’ve had good performances and haven’t got a result and then we’ve had a real resilient on the road. We’ve had a comfortable home win against Bradford, but you just want to get going.

“We’re better than what we have accumulated points-wise, that’s for sure. We’ll take the next game on its merits. The target is three points and that’s what we want to achieve.

Steve Evans, Peterborough United Manager: 

“We will go to Southend full of confidence because we are top of the league. I can’t get too interested in any problems they have. I know they will field a side with many top players and they will be well organised by an outstanding manager.

“It’s always hard to win at Southend and Posh have a poor record there so we are under no illusions about the task we have. But we have the greatest incentive of all to get a win. If we pick up three points we will still be top of the table on Saturday night and that’s the best place to be.

“We’ve enjoyed being at the top and we want to stay there for as long as we can so we need to bounce back from our worst performance of the season last weekend.”

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Match Report: Southend 2-3 Peterborough

8 September 2018

Blues suffered back-to-back home defeats in League One after Ivan Toney’s late strike secured Peterborough a 3-2 win at Roots Hall.

Despite the number of players missing for Blues, they more than matched the league leaders in the first-half but were undone by a Siriki Dembele free-kick which was bundled in by Godden.

The Posh doubled their advantage early in the second-half, again from a set-piece, with Godden putting the finishing touch on the move by smashing it high into the roof of the net.

Southend’s Player of the Month for August, Tom Hopper, reduced the arrears after tapping in Simon Cox's cross from close range before Stephen McLaughlin fired Blues level with 15 minutes to go.

With both sides pressing for a winner, Peterborough caught the Blues late on after Joe Ward’s cross across the six-yard box was fired home from close range by Ivan Toney to win it.

The goal, in front of the Peterborough fans, had manager Steve Evans on the pitch celebrating with Peterborough picking up their first win at Roots Hall since 1999.

Victory for the visitors maintained their place at the top of the table while it was a disappointing way for Chris Powell to celebrate his 49th birthday with a third home defeat of the season.  

It was yet another 87th-minute strike that cost Southend a point in a game where they more than matched up to the table-toppers despite Blues' ever-growing list of absentees. 

Hours before the game, Southend confirmed the emergency loan signing of goalkeeper David Stockdale and he went straight into the starting line-up as one of four changes Chris Powell made from the league defeat to Charlton last weekend.  

Southend’s visitors Peterborough arrived at Roots Hall brimming with confidence having won five and drawn one of their opening six league games, and they almost got off to the perfect start when Jason Cummings was picked out inside the area only to side-foot his effort just wide.

Blues knew they were in for a tough afternoon against the league leaders, but Chris Powell’s side more than held their own in the first-half and created a number of decent opportunities on the Posh goal.

Neat interplay down the right allowed Elvis Bwomono to get goal side and his near-post cross couldn’t be diverted on target by Tom Hopper, before Stephen McLaughlin forced a smart save from Aaron Chapman who sprung across to his right to save the Irishman’s free-kick.

But arguably against the run of play, Steve Evans’ side took the lead after Siriki Dembele was brought down. His subsequent free-kick was chested down into the path of Matt Godden by Jason Cummings, allowing Godden to sweep the ball in at the near post.

It was a poor goal for Blues to concede but they responded well to going a goal down and Simon Cox will feel he should have done better when Sam Mantom’s loose strike fell to the number 10 inside the area, but he couldn’t get the connection required to trouble Chapman.

Timothee Dieng’s well-struck volley on the edge of the area had to be palmed away by Chapman and the giant goalkeeper was called into action again late in the half tipping over a McLaughlin header just before the interval.

Blues will have felt hard-done-by to go into the break behind, but Peterborough looked to increase their advantage early in the second-half and went close when Jamie Walker’s free-kick came off the top of David Stockdale’s crossbar.

Peterborough did though double their advantage as Blues were undone again by a set-piece. Marcus Maddison’s free-kick into the area was deflected across goal by Ryan Tafazolli and thumped into the roof of the net by Godden to make it 2-0.

Peterborough looked like they were cruising to their first win at Roots Hall since 1999 but Southend responded by halving the deficit with just under half an hour remaining when Cox’s low cross was just about tapped home by Tom Hopper.

Hopper’s strike had lifted the Roots Hall crowd and Southend rose their game accordingly with Harry Bunn stinging the palms of Chapman before playing the ball back into the area only for Hopper to fail to connect with the ball from close range.

Southend continued to press and a long ball over the top allowed Dieng to get goal side only for some last-ditch defending from Rhys Bennett to prevent the Frenchman, before Hopper’s header on goal was unable to be diverted beyond Chapman by Cox.

With the pressure mounting on Posh, it felt like only a matter of time before Southend levelled and they did just that with 15 minutes remaining. Cox and Coker were having all sorts of joy down the left and Coker once again got in behind before picking out McLaughlin to fire home the equaliser.

Remarkably, Southend were now in with a shout of picking up three points but with the game opening up and becoming end-to-end, Blues fell victim to another late goal as Ivan Toney won it for the visitors to keep them top of the league table.

Joe Ward, on as a substitute just moments before, made a well-timed run to get into the area. His strike was saved by Stockdale but Toney, another sub, was on hand to fire the ball in from close range and spark wild celebrations in the away end and on the Posh bench.

Blues XI: Stockdale, Bwomono, Coker, Turner, Dieng, Hopper, Cox (Robinson 83’), McLaughlin (McCoulsky 89’), Mantom (C), Bunn, White. Subs Not Used: Bishop, Klass, Moore, Hendrie, Batlokwa

Peterborough United XI: Chapman, Naismith, Daniel, Woodyard (C), Tafazolli, Walker (Maddison 55’), O’Hara, Godden, Dembele (Ward 78’), Bennett, Cummings (Toney 70’). Subs Not Used: Tyler, Reed, Cooper, Yorwerth

Referee: Kevin Johnson

Assistants: Daniel Cook & Paul Yates

Fourth Official: Anthony Coggins

Scorers:

Southend United: Tom Hopper 63’, Stephen McLaughlin 75’

Peterborough United: Matt Godden 32’, 57’, Ivan Toney 87’

Yellow Cards:

Southend United: None

Peterborough United: Jamie Walker 50’

Attendance: 6,551 (819 Away Fans)

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Back Blues Against The League Leaders!

7 September 2018

Blues will return to Roots Hall for the third time in the space of a week come Saturday.

Confidence was restored following the 3-1 win at home to Cambridge United in the Checkatrade Trophy, and up next we welcome the tale-toppers in Sky Bet League One -  Peterborough United.

This weekend's fixture is crucial for both sides as Peterborough try to open up a gap at the top of the table having dropped their first points of the season with a 1-1 draw against Doncaster Rovers last time out.

Blues will be hoping to get back on track in the league campaign after a late defeat to Charlton and look to close the gap on the play-off positions with just four points separating the league from sixth to 14th place.

Peterborough, like last season, have started exceptionally well and look strong contenders this year despite losing the 2017/18 top scorer Jack Marriott to Championship side Derby County.

The Posh had an active summer transfer window signing 18 new players and completely reshuffled the squad, as is the club policy and with Steve Evans taking charge of his first summer window. So far, the move has paid off.

The League One table has Posh on 16 points, having won five games and drawn just one, ahead of Portsmouth on goal difference.

Want to watch the Peterborough game in style?

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

We are releasing an exclusive discount for Mum’s and Dad’s to take their families out to Roots Hall to experience football at it's finest.

Why not enjoy the Peterborough game in our newly revamped Centre Circle Lounge.

This awesome package includes:

  • A 1-course meal or Chicken & Chips
  • A pint of lager or glass of wine or soft drink
  • Official matchday programme
  • Official team sheet
  • Waitress service
  • Fun quiz with David Crown
  • Rossi Ice Cream
  • Parking
  • TV with Sky Sports

Kids spaces in the lounge are priced at £30+ vat and adults are priced at £50+ vat.

Fancy watching the game from your very own Executive box?

This stunning package includes:

  • A 1-course meal or Chicken & Chips
  • 10 beers or 2 bottles of wine or soft drink
  • Official matchday programme
  • Official team sheet
  • Waitress service
  • Fun quiz with David Crown
  • Cash bar facility
  • TV with Sky Sports
  • 3 parking spaces

All for just £495.00+ vat!

To take advantage of these offers use the discount code (B2SHOSP) when contacting the commercial team.

Other Hospitality packages are available for the below prices:

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 £69.50 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 £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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