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Big Preview: Southend United vs Rochdale

30 August 2019

Southend United vs Rochdale AFC...

Overview

Southend United host Rochdale at Roots Hall tomorrow afternoon hoping to see their long wait for a first league point finally come to an end.

Rochdale though aren't likely to be the team they would have wanted to face next, however, with The Dale having a pretty impressive recent record against Blues.

Tomorrow’s visitors have only lost one of their last eight meetings against Southend, and none in their last four, including doing the double over Blues last term.  

Form

Southend’s miserable August continued in midweek with a 4-1 defeat to MK Dons in the Carabao Cup, coming hot off the heels of Saturday’s 4-3 defeat away at Wycombe Wanderers.

Defeat to the Chairboys meant Blues’ wait for a league point continued with Kevin Bond’s side now having recorded five successive defeats at the start of their League One campaign.

Rochdale have been a tough nut to crack in the league, with one win, three draws and one defeat, and in midweek they beat Carlisle in the Carabao Cup to earn a trip to Old Trafford in the next round.

Last Meeting

Saturday 27th April 2019

Rochdale 1-0 Southend United

Henderson 53’

Rochdale secured their League One status for another year as Ian Henderson scored the only goal of the game early in the second-half to record a 1-0 win over Southend at the Crown Oil Arena.

In wet and windy conditions, and with both sides knowing a win would keep them up, Ethan Hamilton’s strike was fumbled by Mark Oxley, allowing Henderson to tap in from close range.

Blues Team News

Manchester United loanee Ethan Hamilton looks set to face off against his former side this weekend having spent the second half of last season on loan at The Dale.

Nathan Ralph is doubtful for Saturday with a hamstring problem, while Jason Demetriou could make his first league appearance after starting the Carabao Cup tie against MK Dons in midweek.

Rob Kiernan is available if required having been an unused sub in the last two matches as John White continues his battle to be fit having sat out the midweek cup defeat.

Rochdale Dangerman

The irrepressible Ian Henderson is always a danger, no matter who the opposition is, and 34-year-old Rochdale striker will no doubt be a threat to Southend once again on Saturday.

Henderson scored the winner with a typical poacher’s finish the last time the two teams met in April, forcing Blues’ relegation battle to go the final day while Dale’s place in League One was secured.

And this season, the Rochdale captain got off to a flyer by scoring twice against Tranmere Rovers on the opening before bagging one in the Carabao Cup against Bolton 10 days later.

Ref Watch

Lee Swabey will be the man in the middle at Roots Hall tomorrow afternoon, being assisted by Anthony Da Costa and Oliver Jackson, with Matthew Lee standing in as the fourth official.

Swabey has taken charge of four matches so far this season, issuing 11 yellow cards and no reds, and last time out saw him referee the 0-0 draw between Shrewsbury and Burton last weekend.

Last time Swabey refereed at Roots Hall was on the opening day of the 2017/18 season when Blues memorably beat Blackburn Rovers 2-1 thanks to goals from Ryan Leonard and Michael Kightly. 

Tickets

It’s our first Kids for a Quid day of the season with all young Blues fans 16 and under able to watch Southend take on Rochdale for just £1.

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

Prices will increase on matchday, except for those 16 and under, with tickets available right up until kick-off. Click below to pruchase yours now!

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Match Reports

Match Report: Southend 0-3 Rochdale

31 August 2019

Southend United’s league woes continue as Rochdale inflicted a 3-0 defeat on Blues at Roots Hall thanks to goals from Ian Henderson, Aaron Morley and Callum Camps.

After an opening half-hour where neither side really tested each other’s goalkeeper, the visitors opened the scoring with a free-flowing move that was ended by Ian Henderson tapping in.

No more than two minutes later and Rochdale’s lead was doubled when Camps teed up Morley on the edge of the area, firing high into the roof of the net to make it 2-0 at the break.

Southend had a couple of chances to get back into the game with Stephen Humphrys forcing a save out of Robert Sanchez before Brandon Goodship curled a shot wide.

But Rochdale wrapped up the points and ensured a sixth successive league defeat for Southend as Rhys Norrington-Davies cut the ball back to Camps who found the bottom corner.

Following defeat to Wycombe last weekend and then being knocked out of the Carabao Cup by MK Dons in midweek, Kevin Bond made four changes to his side for the visit of Rochdale.

Mark Oxley returned in goal, in place of Nathan Bishop, with Nathan Ralph, John White and Luke Hyam coming into the Blues starting XI as they went in search of a first point of the campaign.

The opening half an hour was reminiscent of two boxers trying to feel their way into the opening rounds of a boxing match, with neither team truly laying a glove on one another.

Shortly after the half-hour mark though Rochdale took control of the contest by scoring twice in very quick succession, with their skipper Ian Henderson the one to break the deadlock.

Some confident build-up play from Dale led to Eoghan O’Connell finding space out on the right, with the full-back playing a low ball towards the far post for Henderson to tap in from close range.

Two minutes later and Blues’ troubles deepened when Callum Camps laid the ball back to Aaron Morley who was in acres of space on the edge of the box before firing into the roof of the net.

The half time whistle was greeted by boos from the home fans who were desperate to see their side get back into the game and get their first league point of the season.

But it looked too big a mountain to climb with Rochdale almost grabbing a third within seconds of the interval when Rekeil Pyke got on the end of a low ball into the box but couldn’t direct it at goal.

Camps then forced a save out of Mark Oxley at the end of a flowing Rochdale move, as the Blues goalkeeper done well to get down quickly to his right to save Camps’ low strike.

At 2-0 down, a Southend goal would have put them in with a shout of an unlikely point and they had a couple of good opportunities go by with Stephen Humphrys forcing a save out of Robert Sanchez.

Brandon Goodship then had an almost carbon-copy chance to Humphrys’ as he also cut in from the left, but his effort curled harmlessly wide of Sanchez’s left-hand post.

Any hope though of Southend salvaging something from the game was all but ended when Rochdale grabbed their third of the game to secure their second league win of the season.

Full-back Rhys Norrington-Davies got to the byline before cutting the ball back to Camps who found the bottom corner with a low drive to confirm a sixth successive defeat for Blues.

Blues XI: Oxley, Ralph, Hyam, Milligan (C), Humphrys, Cox, Goodship (Kelman 71’), Hamilton (Ndukwu 46’), Demetriou, Lennon, White (Kiernan 52’). Subs Not Used: Bishop, Bwomono, Hutchinson, Blackman

Rochdale XI: Sanchez, Norrington-Davies, McNulty, O’Connell, Dooley, Williams, Camps, Pyke (Rathbone 74’), Keohane, Morley, Henderson (C)(Done 81’). Subs Not Used: Lynch, McLaughlin, Andrew, Ryan, Magloire

Referee: Lee Swabey

Assistants: Anthony Da Costa & Oliver Jackson

Fourth Official: Matthew Lee

Scorers:

Southend United: None

Rochdale: Ian Henderson 35’, Aaron Morley 37’, Callum Camps 78’

Yellow Cards:

Southend United: Luke Hyam 16’, Ethan Hamilton 29’

Rochdale: ML Williams 43’

Attendance: 5,614 (229 Away Fans)

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Ticket News

It's Kids For A Quid Against Rochdale

29 August 2019

Next up for Blues at Roots Hall is the match against Rochdale on Saturday 31st August.

Kevin Bond's side will be aiming to turn their fortunes around against the Dale and start picking up points to build their way up the table.

The Rochdale fixture is also our kids for a quid fixture, meaning all young fans 16 & under can watch the match for just £1!

Your support is vital to us and we need as much of it at home to spur the team on so get your tickets now 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) £1 £1
Under 9 £1 £1

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) £19 £21
Additional Adult £18 £20
Additional Junior £1 £1
Additional Under 9 £1 £1
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 Rochdale fixture? Click here to find out!

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