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Big Preview: Southend United vs Rotherham United

13 December 2019

Southend United vs Rotherham United...

Overview

Southend United play host to Paul Warne’s Rotherham United tomorrow afternoon as Blues boss Sol Campbell continues his search for a first league win under his stewardship.

The Millers are looking for an immediate return to the Championship after relegation from the second tier in the summer and they’re in touching distance of the top six going into Christmas.

Blues, on the other hand, are languishing down the bottom of the table and are desperate for a first home league win of the season to help kick start their campaign.

Form

Despite a promising first-half against Bristol Rovers last weekend, Southend were unable to clinch just their second league win of the season as they fell to a 4-2 defeat against The Gas.

Defeat extended Blues’ winless run in League One to 12 matches, during which time they’ve only picked up two points from a possible 36.

Rotherham currently sit just a point outside the top six but their challenge for a play-off spot has been dealt a blow in recent weeks with back-to-back defeats to Portsmouth and Rochdale.

Last Meeting

Saturday 24th March 2018

Southend United 2-0 Rotherham United

McLaughlin 7’, Cox 79’

Southend ended a run of three successive draws with a 2-0 win over Rotherham, with Stephen McLaughlin putting Blues in front after just seven minutes with a well-taken left-footed strike.

Rotherham would threaten in the second-half but couldn't find the breakthrough as Simon Cox ensured the points would go to the home side with a second for Blues late on.  

Blues Team News

Sol Campbell is still waiting to hear the extent of the damage caused to Nathan Ralph after the full-back dislocated his shoulder in the 1-1 draw against Burton Albion, but he is expected to be ruled out for a number of months.

Tom Hopper is touch and go after suffering a gash in his leg which forced the frontman off early in the second-half against Bristol Rovers last weekend, with the striker needing stitches.

Harry Lennon, however, is available for selection again after a spell training with the u23s due to disciplinary reasons, bolstering Campbell’s options at the back.

Rotherham Danger Man

Freddie Ladapo is a man who Southend fans never got to see the best of in his time at Roots Hall, with his six-month loan spell in 2018 coming to an end without a single goal in 10 appearances.

Ladapo though found his scoring boots again last season, notching 19 times for Plymouth – including one at Roots Hall against Southend – meaning a number of clubs started courting the 26-year-old.

Rotherham were the ones to land the 6ft-striker and he’s already got 10 goals to his name this campaign, five of which have come in his last four appearances, making him tomorrow’s dangerman.

Ref Watch

Charles Breakspear will take charge of Blues for a second time this campaign tomorrow, being assisted by Gregory Read and Oliver Jackson, while Marc Wilson fills in as the fourth official.

Breakspear, putting it lightly, isn’t afraid to flash a card or two. In the 17 games he’s officiated this season, the referee from Surrey has shown 82 yellow cards and 10 reds.

One of those reds came when Breakspear took charge of Blues’ 1-0 defeat to Accrington back in September where he sent Nathan Ralph off for a second bookable offence.

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 below.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Southend 2-2 Rotherham

14 December 2019

Southend produced a spirited second-half fightback to record a 2-2 draw against Rotherham United at Roots Hall with goals from Jason Demetriou and Sam Mantom.

Blues had gone into the break behind in unfortunate circumstances after an attempted clearance inadvertently ricocheted in off the back of Rob Kiernan.

The home side though were awarded a penalty shortly after the interval, their first of the season, which Jason Demetriou calmly dispatched to bring Southend level.

Minutes later and Sam Mantom put Blues in front for the first time, taking down a long ball forward before sliding the ball into the back of the net.

But Sol Campbell’s side weren’t able to hold onto all three points as Freddie Lapado would equalise against his former club from close range as the points were shared.

Despite it being another game without a win for Blues, Campbell will be pleased with a point against a side who started the day just a point outside the play-off places.

After last weekend’s demoralising 4-2 defeat to Bristol Rovers, the Southend boss made two changes, bringing in Stephen Humphrys and Harry Lennon for Tom Hopper and Richard Taylor.

Former Blue Freddie Ladapo had the game’s first shot in anger inside two minutes as the striker wriggled free of two Southend defenders before forcing a save out of Nathan Bishop.

After that early scare however it was Southend that would have the bulk of the possession and they put Rotherham under pressure with a series of set-pieces that ultimately came to nothing.

A sprayed ball out from Sam Mantom then set Blues off on a counter-attack which created a good chance for Brandon Goodship before Jason Demetriou would fire over from the edge of the area.

Sol Campbell’s side continued to have the better of the early chances and Goodship teed up Stephen McLaughlin with a golden chance, crossing for the Irishman who miscued his header badly.

The home side though were unable to force Daniel Iverson into action in the Millers goal and when your luck’s out, your luck’s out, as Southend would get caught out by an unfortunate own goal.

Just before the half-hour mark, Dan Barlaser’s daisy-cutter of a corner was struck against the back of Rob Kiernan, with the ball deflecting off the defender and over the line to give Rotherham the lead.

Southend’s desperate luck this season had reared its ugly head again as the Millers went into the break 1-0 up, but Blues would come out swinging with a superb second-half response.

Four minutes after the restart, Harry Lennon stretched for a cross only to see his effort come off the hand of Chiedozie Ogbene, leaving referee Charles Breakspear to point for a penalty.

The spot-kick was Southend’s first of the season and Demetriou duly took responsibility, calmly sending Iversen the wrong way to bring the two sides level.

The equaliser was the least Blues deserved for their first-half display and within three minutes of their equaliser they completed the turnaround as Mantom put Campbell’s side in front.

A long ball over the top from Elvis Bwomono was brought down perfectly by the midfielder who’d gotten goal side before sliding the ball beyond Iversen and give Southend the lead.

Blues now had something to hold onto, but they were only ahead for a matter of minutes as Rotherham brought the scores level again with Ladapo equalising against his former club.

After Jake Hastie had hit the crossbar, Southend were unable to clear the danger as the ball made its way back into the box, with Ladapo showing his predatory instincts to score from close range.

A frantic second-half was far from done there though as Southend would see two great chances go begging as they searched for a first win in 12 attempts in the league.

McLaughlin went close to putting Southend back in front after a corner found its way out to the winger only for his volley into the turf to bounce up and off the face of the crossbar.

And with a little over 10 minutes remaining, some last-ditch defending from Matt Olosunde was all that stopped Stephen Humphrys from nodding in a Demetriou cross at the far-post.

As the game headed into injury time, Rotherham piled on the pressure by winning a number of set-pieces but they were unable to break through and snatch all three points.

That was despite Ladapo having a great chance to win it in the final few seconds, forcing a superb save out of Bishop towards his right-hand post, as the two sides settled for a point apiece.

Blues XI: Bishop, Bwomono, Milligan, Humphrys, Dieng (C), McLaughlin (Cox 83’), Goodship (Ndukwu 87’), Kiernan, Mantom (Hutchinson 75’), Demetriou, Lennon. Subs Not Used: Oxley, Hamilton, Rush, Kinali

Rotherham United XI: Iversen, Mattock, Wiles, Ladapo, Barlaser, Robertson, Ogbene, Ihiekwe (C), Olosunde, Hastie, Smith (Morris 77’). Subs Not Used: Price, MacDonald, Thompson, Vassell, Clarke, Lamy

Referee: Charles Breakspear

Assistants: Gregory Read & Oliver Jackson

Fourth Official: Marc Wilson

Scorers:

Southend United: Jason Demetriou (p)49’, Sam Mantom 52’

Rotherham United: Rob Kiernan O.G. 29’, Freddie Ladapo 60’

Yellow Cards:

Southend United: Brandon Goodship 89’

Rotherham United: Dan Barlaser 37’, Michael Smith 42’, Chiedozie Ogbene 48’, Michael Ihiekwe 80'

Attendance: 5,652 (423 Away Fans)

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Ticket News

Blues Take On Rotherham This Saturday

11 December 2019

Blues return to Roots Hall this weekend against Rotherham United.

Sol Campbell's side picked up a point on the road at Burton Albion last Tuesday, but couldn't follow it up away at Bristol Rovers despite going into a 2-0 lead.

Be Part Of It this weekend against The Millers who are on the edge of the play-off places.

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 304136/304147.

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