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Big Preview: Southend United vs Coventry City

14 February 2020

Southend United vs Coventry City...

Overview

Southend United face the first of three huge home games in a row on Saturday as they entertain promotion-chasing Coventry City at Roots Hall.

These two met on the opening day of the season when a solitary goal from Zain Westbrooke secured the Sky Blues all three points and the clubs have gone their separate ways since.

With Coventry just two points off top spot and Southend 13 points adrift in the relegation zone, both sides desperately need the three points this Saturday for differing reasons.

Form

Tuesday night’s defeat to Peterborough United made it back-to-back defeats for Blues following their loss to Blackpool last weekend.

Prior to that, Southend had seen an upturn in their results with wins over Accrington as well as a first home win of the season against Lincoln last time out at Roots Hall.

Coventry are currently on a run of 13-games unbeaten in all competitions, recording eight wins in that time, including their last three in the league against Bristol Rovers, Bolton and Portsmouth.

Last Meeting

Saturday 3rd August 2019

Coventry City 1-0 Southend United

Westbrooke 51’

Southend began their 2019/20 campaign with a 1-0 defeat against Coventry City with Zain Westbrooke’s strike early in the second half the difference at Birmingham’s St. Andrew’s.

The winner came when a crossfield pass from Amadou Bakayoko found the run of Westbrooke who rifled in a low strike beyond Mark Oxley for his first goal for the Sky Blues.  

Blues Team News

Isaac Hutchinson and Charlie Kelman will look to get back into the starting line up tomorrow afternoon after both were rested in midweek against Peterborough.

Sam Barratt was another who was missing on Tuesday night, but he was out due to a slight hamstring injury which boss Sol Campbell hopes won’t keep him out for long.

Campbell will continue to look to the academy with a number of senior players out injured.

John White had successful surgery to insert a longer metal plate in his arm last week but he'll now undergo a few months of rehabilitation. Stephen Humphrys remains sidelined due to his broken nose suffered against Doncaster Rovers.

Harry Kyprianou has returned to first team training but will need a pre-season to get back to the fitness levels required. Lewis Gard featured for the U23s in midweek so his comeback is coming along nicely, again it's too soon for him to be considered though.

Joe Shaughnessy is working to get back fit but he isn't ready yet and Harry Lennon is longer term, having picked up his season-ending problem against Bolton in December.

It leaves the likes of Terrell Egbri, Matt Rush and Miles Mitchell-Nelson hoping to build on their full debuts in midweek.

Coventry Dangerman

Striker Matt Godden will be the one to look out for on Saturday with the Coventry frontman finding his scoring boots again with the winner in the Sky Blues’ 1-0 victory over Portsmouth on Tuesday.

Godden notched back-to-back hat-tricks either side of the New Year with trebles against Wycombe and Tranmere but followed that up with a dry spell of seven matches without scoring.

That was until his late strike against Pompey in midweek and, having scored twice against Blues on his last visit to Roots Hall, he’ll be keen to add to this season’s tally of 10 league goals on Saturday.

Ref Watch

Sam Purkiss will be the man in the middle tomorrow afternoon, with Gregory Read and Paul Yates as his assistants and Jason Richardson as the fourth official.

Purkiss so far this campaign has taken charge of 24 games and has shown a total of 72 yellow cards and just the one red, which came at the end of January.

Tomorrow will be the first time Purkiss has officiated either Southend or Coventry having been promoted from officiating in the National League this season.

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.

Tomorrow is also your last chance to purchase tickets for our next three home games at the special price of just £50 – that’s three games for the price of two! And more details can be found here.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Southend 0-2 Coventry

15 February 2020

Southend suffered their third straight league defeat as goals from Callum O’Hare and Maxime Biamou helped Coventry City secure a 2-0 win at Roots Hall.

In horrible conditions thanks to Storm Dennis, Blues held firm in the first half though Coventry did hit the woodwork twice in the opening 45 minutes with efforts from Jordan Shipley and Liam Walsh.

Blues began the second half brightly but were unable to test goalkeeper Marko Marosi and within minutes of being introduced, O’Hare opened the scoring for the visitors.

O’Hare carried the ball forward almost unchallenged and calmly rolled the ball into the back of the net on the hour mark, five minutes after coming on, right in front of the 1,588 travelling fans.

The victory was then secured when fellow sub Biamou beat Miles Mitchell-Nelson to a long ball forward, allowing him to score Coventry’s second and wrap up the three points.

It was a third successive defeat for Southend who face two more huge home games in the coming days against Gillingham and Burton Albion, while Coventry continue to march on.

When these two sides met on the opening day of the season, the Sky Blues run out 1-0 victors in a closely fought contest at St. Andrew’s and it was more of the same in the 45 minutes here.

In conditions more akin to a Sunday League game down the park thanks to Storm Dennis, Southend were kicking with the wind in the first half and were the first to create an opportunity on goal.

Some neat one-touch passing in midfield allowed Sam Mantom to put Brandon Goodship through on goal side, only for a superb last-ditch tackle from Dominic Hyam to stop the shot coming in.  

Coventry were just two points adrift of the League One summit coming into this game and they had the majority of the first half chances with Jordan Shipley looking the most threatening in sky blue.

The Coventry midfielder forced a smart save out of Mark Oxley with a volley that needed pushing away before Shipley went even closer with another effort that came crashing off the post.

That wouldn’t be the only time that the visitors would hit the woodwork before the break either as Liam Walsh saw his free-kick come off the crossbar just before the break as it remained goalless.

Blues would have chances of their own in worsening weather conditions with young Terrell Egbri having a shot blocked in the box as well as Sam Barratt’s curling effort zipping just wide.

Southend came out in the second half and began to build momentum, with an outrageous bit of skill from Barratt allowing him to fire a cross in that was deflected over the bar by Kyle McFadzean.

Mark Robins quickly made a double substitution to try and stem the tide, bringing on Maxime Biamou and Callum O’Hare, and it paid immediate dividends with the former opening the scoring.

Just five minutes after being introduced, O’Hare carried the ball forward with menace and unchallenged before rolling the ball into the bottom corner to break the deadlock.

Coventry’s 1,500-plus travelling fans celebrated as the goal momentarily sent them to the top of League One and the Sky Blues went close to extending their lead further just moments later.

A free kick awarded wide on the Coventry right was swung into the box by Sam McCallum only to come off the crossbar, the third time City had struck the woodwork, before being cleared.

It looked like Southend were heading towards a third successive defeat as they had no answer to O’Hare’s opener, with the points then sealed by the visitors with a little over 10 minutes left.

Biamou and Miles Mitchell-Nelson battled it out for a long ball over the top. Despite Biamou appearing to tug at the defender, the ref was unmoved, leaving Biamou to slide the ball home.

There was no way back for the home side whose injury problems only worsened before the game was out with Oxley being forced off injured to be replaced by 18-year-old Callum Taylor.

Taylor was tested almost straight away by Matt Godden but made a good save. The job though had already done for the visitors who extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 14 matches.

Blues XI: Oxley (Taylor 86’), Bwomono, Milligan, Dieng (C), Goodship (Coker 68’), Mantom, Kelman, Barratt (Hutchinson 79’), Clifford, Egbri, Mitchell-Nelson. Subs Not Used: Kyprianou, Acquah, Rush, Kinali

Coventry City XI: Marosi, Rose, MacFadzean, Kelly (C), Hyam, Walsh, Dabo (Pask 69’), Godden, Westbrooke (Biamou 55’), Shipley (O’Hare 55’), McCallum. Subs Not Used: Wilson, Allen, Giles, Bakayoko

Referee: Sam Purkiss

Assistants: Andrew Aylott & Paul Yates

Fourth Official: Jason Richardson

Scorers:

Southend United: None

Coventry City: Callum O’Hare 60’, Maxime Biamou 79’

Yellow Cards:

Southend United: None

Coventry City: Fankaty Dabo 31’

Attendance: 7,278 (1,588 Away Fans)

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Ticket News

Ticket News: Coventry (H)

6 February 2020

Secure your seat for our next home match.

Blues return to Roots Hall on Saturday 15th February for the visit of Coventry City in what is the start of three consecutive home matches.

And as it's a busy month of games, we've introduced a three game ticket offer - 'Three for £50!' - to help with the cost of supporting your club in such a short space of time.

Your support was amazing against Lincoln and we need the same again against Coventry City!

To purchase your tickets, or to take advantage of the Three for £50, contact the Box Office on 08444 770077 or in person at Roots Hall.

You can also buy individual match tickets for the game against the Sky Blues online - please note the Three for £50 offer is not available online.

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.

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