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Big Preview: Southend United vs Blackpool

9 August 2019

Southend United vs. Blackpool...

Overview

Blues make their first league appearance at Roots Hall tomorrow afternoon as they entertain visitors Blackpool in Sky Bet League One action.

After a narrow defeat to Coventry City last weekend, Kevin Bond’s side will be looking for their first win of the campaign and with it their first points of the season.

The Tangerines however are already up and running following an opening day win and they’ll be coming south from Lancashire in good spirits having won at Roots Hall last season. 

Form

As mentioned, Southend started the season with a 1-0 defeat against Coventry City last weekend but there were plenty of positives to take away from St. Andrew’s, despite the reversal.

Blues had three big chances in the second-half to nick a point or even more on the road against the Sky Blues and they’ll be looking at that as a foundation to build upon.

Blackpool came into the season off the back of three wins and three defeats in pre-season, but they got off to the perfect start last weekend with a 2-0 win against Bristol Rovers at Bloomfield Road.

Last Meeting

Saturday 9th March 2019 – Bloomfield Road

Blackpool 2-2 Southend United

Gnaduillett 27’, Moore OG 90’; Kiernan 20’, Turner 48’

Taylor Moore’s injury-time own-goal meant Blues agonisingly dropped two points on the road in the game Blackpool had dubbed as “the homecoming” at a packed Bloomfield Road.

Rob Kiernan marked his return from long-term injury to put Blues in front before Armand Gnaduillett levelled. Michael Turner looked to have won it with a neat finish only for Moore’s OG to make it 2-2.   

Blues Team News

After making an appearance off the bench last weekend, striker Simon Cox has trained all week as he continues to build his fitness, along with midfielder Timothee Dieng, who is back in the reckoning. 

Jason Demetriou is close to a return, while fellow defender Rob Kiernan is out with ligament damage, although it’s not thought to be serious enough to keep him out long-term.

Liam Ridgewell is getting up to speed and could feature while another new signing Layton Ndukwu is pushing for his debut after signing on loan from Leicester City in the week.

Blackpool Dangerman

Armand Gnanduillett has proven to be a thorn in Southend’s side on a number of occasions in recent memory and scored home and away against Blues last term.

The Frenchman is an imposing figure up front for the Tangerines, standing in at 6ft 4, and is a constant handful for opposing defences to combat.

Gnanduillett scored a late winner against Southend on his last visit to Roots Hall and was the club’s top goalscorer last campaign, which makes him the one to look out for on Saturday.  

Ref Watch

Kevin Johnson will be the man in the middle on Saturday having refereed last weekend’s League Two encounter between Salford City and our Carabao Cup opponents Stevenage.

Johnson took charge of three Blues matches last season, the most recent of which being the 3-0 home defeat against Barnsley back in March where he showed a straight red card to Jacob Brown.

Last season, Johnson officiated 42 matches – mostly across League One and Two – issuing 130 yellow cards and six reds.

Tickets

Tickets are available to purchase from the Blues Box Office, online or by calling 08444 770077 and are at a discounted price if purchased before Saturday.

Prices will increase on matchday with tickets available right up until kick-off, and you can find out more information about ticket availability and pricing by clicking here

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Match Reports

Match Report: Southend 1-3 Blackpool

10 August 2019

Southend United were blown away by Blackpool as three goals inside the first half were enough for the Tangerines to inflict a 3-1 defeat on Blues at Roots Hall.

There was some fortune with Blackpool’s opener after Liam Ridgewell had headed Jordan Thompson’s free-kick into the air, Mark Oxley’s punch came off Harry Lennon and crept in.

Three minutes later and Nathan Delfouneso was put clean through and the Tangerines striker done well to clip the ball over the onrushing Oxley and in to double their lead.

Blackpool then grabbed a third before the break when Blues failed to deal with a corner, allowing Delfouneso to grab his second and put Simon Grayson’s side firmly in control.

It wasn’t all plain sailing though for the visitors who had James Husband given a straight red card for a reckless challenge on Elvis Bwomono by the corner flag.

Southend took advantage of the extra man by getting a goal back through Simon Cox but it was nothing more than a consolation for Blues who made it two defeats from two games.

In spite of the defeat in last weekend’s opening league game against Coventry, there was plenty to be positive about for Southend going into this afternoon’s home game against Blackpool.

Blues made four changes to the side that started at St. Andrew’s with Liam Ridgewell coming in for his Southend debut alongside Stephen Humphrys, Simon Cox and Isaac Hutchinson.

But Kevin Bond’s side made a nightmare start to their first game at Roots Hall this campaign, with Simon Grayson’s Blackpool scoring twice in a matter of minutes early in the first-half.

Their first came when Jordan Thompson’s free-kick was headed into the air by Ridgewell. Mark Oxley, pinned to his line, attempted to punch only for the ball to rebound in off Harry Lennon.  

And three minutes later Blackpool’s lead was doubled when Nathan Delfouneso got in behind the Blues backline, calmly lifting the ball over the advancing Oxley and into the bottom corner.

It was an awful start for Blues, but things would go from bad to worse before the break as Delfouneso grabbed his second and Blackpool’s third with eight minutes of the half remaining.  

A mix up at the back between Lennon and Ridgewell led to a Tangerines corner. Blues didn’t deal with the initial ball in from Thompson, leaving Delfouneso to fire home from close range.  

Bond made no changes at the break, but it wasn’t long after that loanee Layton Ndukwu was introduced, replacing Ridgewell, as Blues changed shape.

It didn’t appear to make much of a difference though as Sullay Kaikai went close to extending Blackpool’s lead when his shot was deflected but well saved by Oxley who tipped it onto the post.

Armand Gnanduillet then missed a great chance, heading over from close range, before Southend were given a potential lifeline as Blackpool’s James Husband was shown a straight red card.  

Husband went flying in with a two-footed tackle on Elvis Bwomono in the corner, sparking a furious reaction from Blues players and fans, with Husband receiving his marching orders on the hour.  

With the man advantage, Southend started to get a grip in the final third and they nicked a goal back with 15 minutes remaining when Simon Cox nodded in from an Isaac Hutchinson corner.

Mark Milligan then forced a superb save from goalkeeper Jak Alnwick with a rasping drive that needed tipping over as Southend threw everything they could forward.

Southend went close to grabbing a second late on when Blues’ three subs combined with Ndukwu’s cross being headed on goal by Charlie Kelman only for Theo Robinson to nod the rebound wide.

Ultimately though, Blues had left themselves too much to do after a poor first-half meaning they suffered a second successive defeat of the new campaign.

Blues XI: Oxley, Bwomono, Ralph, Milligan (C), Ridgewell (Ndukwu 52’), Humphrys (Robinson 55’), Cox, Mantom (Kelman 72’), Shaughnessy, Lennon, Hutchinson. Subs Not Used: Bishop, Hyam, Blackman, White

Blackpool XI: Alnwick, Edwards, Delfouneso (Nottingham 62’), Spearing (C), Kaikai, Feeney (Nuttall 73’), Thompson, Tilt, Turton, Gnanduillet (Bushiri 87’), Husband. Subs Not Used: Mafoumbi, Hardie, Pritchard, Shaw

Referee: Kevin Johnson

Assistants: Marc Wilson & Gregory Read

Fourth Official: Ryan Whitaker

Scorers:

Southend United: Simon Cox 75’

Blackpool: Harry Lennon OG 9’, Nathan Delfouneso 12’, 37’

Yellow Cards:

Southend United: Nathan Ralph 8’

Blackpool: Armand Gnanduillet 82’

Red Cards:

Southend United: None

Blackpool: James Husband 60’

Attendance:  6,823 (480 Away)

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Ticket News

Get Your Blackpool Tickets!

Battle of the Seasiders! Get down to Roots Hall for the first time this season!

8 August 2019

Get your match tickets for Southend United’s first home game of the 2019/20 season.

Blues welcome Blackpool to Roots Hall on matchday two following the opening game against Coventry City.

Admission prices will remain the same as last season with supporters who purchase in advance able to take advantage of a small discount on matchday prices.

Category Advanced Matchday
Adult (23-59) £22 £25
Senior (60+) £15 £18
Young Adult (17-22) £14 £17
Student (with valid ID) £14 £17
Junior (9-16) £10 £12
Under 9 £4 £5

Family Enclosure ticket prices are as follows:

Family enclosure (Blocks P, Q and R in the West Stand and the South Lower) Advanced  Matchday
Family Ticket (1 Adult and 1 Under 16) £22 £25
Additional Adult £18 £20
Additional Junior £4 £5
Additional Under 9 £4 £5
Senior (60+) £15 £18
Young Adult (17-22) £14 £17
Student (with valid ID) £14 £17

*Students will be required to provide proof that they are in full-time education to qualify for the concessionary rate.

Members of the emergency services can purchase tickets to the game for a discounted price of £15 with proof of ID when bought in advance of the game. Matchday prices will apply on the day.

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

Hospitality for this game is also available and can be booked by emailing commercial@southend-united.co.uk or calling 01702 304147.

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