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Big Preview: Southend United vs Peterborough United

20 August 2019

Southend United vs Peterborough United...

Overview

Southend United entertain Peterborough United this evening under the lights at Roots Hall with both sides on the lookout for their first league win of the season.

Blues boss Kevin Bond expects to see a reaction from his side after they were beaten by Lincoln while Posh will be wanting to build on their 2-2 draw at home to Ipswich on Saturday.  

Peterborough did the league double over Southend last season and were hotly-tipped to challenge for promotion this campaign, so they’ll give a tough test of Blues’ credentials this evening.   

Form

Blues have had a poor start to the season and Saturday’s 4-0 defeat to Lincoln meant Southend are yet to pick up a point from their opening three games of the League One campaign.

Prior to Saturday, Kevin Bond’s side had tasted defeat against Coventry and Blackpool, but Blues had progressed in the Carabao Cup after a come-from-behind victory over Stevenage.

Peterborough haven’t faired much better than Southend and have just one point from their opening three league games, which came following a 2-2 draw at home to Ipswich on Saturday.  

Last Meeting

Saturday 23rd March 2019

Peterborough United 2-0 Southend United

Maddison 41’, White 58

Chris Powell’s reign as Southend United manager was brought to an end following a 2-0 defeat to Peterborough United at the ABAX Stadium.

Marcus Maddison’s superbly struck free-kick before the break put Posh in front before Maddison turned provider when another free-kick was parried to Ben White who nodded in to secure the win.

Blues Team News

Southend picked up no fresh injuries in the weekend defeat to Lincoln. Ethan Hamilton came on as a substitute at half-time at Sincil Bank and will be pushing for his first start after joining on loan.

Layton Ndukwu is another loanee looking for his first start having made a couple of substitute appearances while Brandon Goodship is also an option on the wing having returned from injury.

Jason Demetriou is getting closer to a return but isn’t expected to be available tomorrow, while Harry Lennon, who missed out Saturday with a head injury, could be back available tonight.

Peterborough Dangerman

Ivan Toney was Peterborough’s top goalscorer last season and he’s already got his eye in this campaign with two goals from their opening three league games, making him one to watch tonight.

Toney was subject to a big-money bid from Charlton over the summer but Peterborough held firm, knowing how big of an influence the striker could be to their own aspirations this season.

And the former Newcastle United man has had some success against Southend in the recent past, scoring for Wigan against Blues in 2017 before scoring the winner for Posh at Roots Hall last season.

Ref Watch

Alan Young will take control of tonight’s encounter and will be assisted by Paul Lister and Stephen Finch, with Stephen Brown on hand as the fourth official.

Young has taken charge of three games so far this season, issuing 15 yellow cards and one red, and showed an average of over four yellow cards a game in the 35 games he took charge of last season.

Tonight’s man in the middle was also ref last time Southend and Peterborough met back in March, with Young last taking charge at Roots Hall for last season’s 3-0 home win over Walsall. 

Tickets

Tickets are available to purchase from the Blues Box Office, online or by calling 08444 770077.

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

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Match Reports

Match Report: Southend 0-2 Peterborough

20 August 2019

Southend’s wait for a first league point continues after a quick-fire double from Peterborough saw Posh record a 2-0 win against Blues at Roots Hall.

Both sides were level at the break before Peterborough’s record signing Mohamed Eisa fired the visitors in front, getting on the end of Marcus Maddison’s whipped ball in.

Maddison was then provider for Ivan Toney, who doubled Posh’s advantage by chesting down the midfielder's floated ball in before finding the net from a tight angle.

Victory for the visitors was their first of the season in all competitions, while Blues’ difficult start to the campaign continues as they remain without a win or a point from their opening four games.  

Despite positive spells of play from the home side, the way the evening panned out wasn’t the reaction that boss Kevin Bond was ultimately looking for after a tough weekend just gone.

The Blues manager made three changes to his starting line-up that were beaten 4-0 by Lincoln City at the weekend with Ethan Hamilton coming in for his full debut after his loan move last week.

Harry Lennon returned to the back while Brandon Goodship was deployed over on the left as Blues set up in a 4-1-4-1 formation, with Elvis Bwomono pushed forward into the right-wing position.

Both sides were looking for their first league win of the season and it was Peterborough who looked the most threatening early on, nearly profiting from a couple of loose balls from the Blues midfield.

Marcus Maddison latched onto one wayward pass before launching a cross into Ivan Toney who volleyed over, before Toney had another chance gifted to him only for his shot to be blocked.

The visitors continued their positive start when Mohamed Eisa’s shot from the edge of the area was deflected just over the crossbar by Lennon with Southend having to weather an early storm.

Blues did eventually settle and grew into the half with Hamilton pulling the strings in midfield, linking up well with Goodship who had pitched up wide left.

The two almost combined perfectly when Hamilton spotted the run of his team-mate and sent in a well-weighted pass which goalkeeper Christy Pym done superbly well to smother ahead of Goodship.

Sam Mantom then tried to match Hamilton’s link-up play with a raking pass of his own out to Goodship, who cut in from left to right before shooting just wide of Pym’s right-hand upright.

Goalless at the break, Peterborough went within a whisker of breaking the deadlock inside two minutes of the restart when George Boyd hit the woodwork with a superbly struck half-volley.

Goodship then had a chance for Blues go begging, curling an effort just wide, before the visitors hit Southend with a quick-fire double to put Posh firmly in control of the contest.

Maddison was the key architect for both of Peterborough’s goals with the first seeing his whipped ball into the near-post dispatched beyond Nathan Bishop by the sliding Eisa.

Two minutes later and Posh were two to the good when Maddison’s floated ball to the far-post was brilliantly chested down by Toney before the striker fired in from a tight angle to make it two.

Southend didn’t know what had hit them with both goals coming in such quick succession, and they almost fell three behind when Eisa’s low drive had to be saved at his near-post by Bishop.

The home side came close to halving the deficit late on when Mantom’s corner kick was headed onto the crossbar by Mark Milligan but that was as close as Southend would come on the night.   

Peterborough though had done enough to secure their first win of the season, while Blues’ next chance to get off the mark comes against Wycombe Wanderers this coming Saturday.

Blues XI: Bishop, Bwomono, Ralph (Blackman 72’), Milligan (C), Cox, Goodship (Ndukwu 73’), Hamilton, Mantom, Shaughnessy, Lennon, White (Humphrys 64’). Subs Not Used: Oxley, Hyam, Kelman, Robinson

Peterborough United XI: Pym, Beevers (C), Kent, Eisa (Dembele 75’), Knight (Ward 90+3'), Maddison (Tasdemir 75’), Reed, Toney, Blake-Tracey, Boyd, Mason. Subs Not Used: O’Malley, Butler, Bennett, Burrows

Referee: Alan Young

Assistants: Paul Lister & Stephen Finch

Fourth Official: Stephen Brown

Scorers:

Southend United: None

Peterborough United: Mohamed Eisa 55’, Ivan Toney 57’

Yellow Cards:

Southend United: Sam Mantom 7’

Peterborough United: None

Attendance: 5,890 (383 Away)

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Ticket News

Get Your Tickets For The Floodlit Fixture Against Peterborough!

14 August 2019

Blues' first taste of floodlit football at Roots Hall in 2019/20 comes up next week against Peterborough and we want everyone's support to help the side kick on in the league.

Kevin Bond's side came away with a 2-1 win against Stevenage earlier in the week and that victory will certainly give the players a boost as they prepare for league action once again.

Make sure you purchase your tickets for this floodlit fixture and be part of it!

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 304147/304136.

Want to take a look at what packages are on offer for the Peterborough fixture? Click here to find out!

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