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Big Preview: Southend United vs Lincoln City

31 January 2020

Southend United vs Lincoln City...

Overview

Blues return to Roots Hall tomorrow afternoon looking to bounce back from the midweek defeat to Doncaster Rovers as they welcome Lincoln City to Essex.

The Imps will be bringing with them a number of familiar faces to Southend fans with Cian Bolger, Jack Payne, Ben Coker and the recently acquired Tom Hopper on their books.

But Sol Campbell’s side will hope it won’t be a happy return for the returning former-Blues as Southend look to pick up their first home league win of the season.  

Form

Tuesday night’s 3-1 defeat at Doncaster Rovers ended Southend’s unbeaten start to the new year whilst also ending Blues’ four-game unbeaten run which dated back to Boxing Day.

Prior to the loss at the Keepmoat Stadium, Blues had won one and drawn three of their last six matches with a win against Accrington following draws against Tranmere, Wimbledon and MK Dons.

Lincoln also lost midweek, losing 2-0 at home to Portsmouth, which meant it was back-to-back defeats for The Imps who’ve won two and drawn one of their last six outings.

Last Meeting

Saturday 17th August 2019

Lincoln City 4-0 Southend United

Shackell 31’, Toffolo 40’, Walker (p)48’, Andrade 81’

Southend United were soundly beaten by Lincoln City at Sincil Bank as The Imps inflicted a 4-0 defeat on Blues in this early season clash.

Jason Shackell headed Lincoln in front before Harry Toffolo doubled their lead before the break. Tyler Walker’s penalty after the restart made it three with Bruno Andrade rounding things off. 

Blues Team News

Stephen Humphrys took a whack to the face on Tuesday night and had to be substituted and is currently waiting on the results of an x-ray to see if the striker has broken his nose.

Sam Mantom and Jason Demetriou also limped off against Doncaster in midweek and are fighting to return to full fitness ahead of Saturday.

Timothee Dieng though is definitely out as he continues to recover from a hamstring problem with Sol Campbell confirming the game has come “three of four days” early for the Frenchman.

Lincoln Danger Man

He’s a face that will be all too familiar to Southend fans, as Tom Hopper makes his first return to Roots Hall since joining The Imps a fortnight ago, and he’ll be one to watch tomorrow.

Following the departure of Tyler Walker – Lincoln’s top scorer, who returned to his parent club Nottingham Forest – more pressure is now on the likes of Hopper to fill the void in front of goal.

Before being struck down by injury, ‘Hopps’ scored seven goals in 14 appearances for Blues last season and he’ll be looking to get off the mark tomorrow against his former employer.

Ref Watch

Charles Breakspear makes his third visit to Roots Hall this season as he takes charge on Saturday, being assisted by Stephen Brown and Daniel Cook, with Carl Fitch-Jackson the fourth official.

Breakspear last took charge of Blues’ 2-2 draw against Rotherham before Christmas, having previously overseen Southend’s 1-0 defeat to Accrington back in September.

This season so far, Breakspear has issued 105 yellows and 12 red cards across his 24 games in charge, and last time out he officiated MK Dons’ 2-1 win at home to Rochdale.

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 2-1 Lincoln

1 February 2020

Elvis Bwomono’s 96th-minute winner secured Southend an unlikely three points as they picked up their first home league win of the season with a 2-1 victory over Lincoln City at Roots Hall.

It looked like the points were going to be shared when Harry Anderson cancelled out Charlie Kelman’s second-half strike, heading the ball in with just one minute of normal time remaining.

But Bwomono came up with the winner in the sixth of seven added on minutes, glancing in Stephen McLaughlin’s corner to win it for Sol Campbell’s side.

It was the perfect end to a difficult week for Blues and will be a huge boost to the young Southend side in their battle against relegation.

Following on from the midweek defeat at Doncaster, Campbell made three changes to his side as Isaac Hutchinson came in along with Sam Barratt and Tom Clifford for their full Blues debuts.

With youngsters like Terrell Egbri, Miles Mitchell-Nelson and 16-year-old Kenny Coker on the bench, it was a youthful Southend squad, but at no point did Blues look overawed by their visitors.

Lincoln though did have the first opportunity on goal after Harry Phillips fouled Tyreece John-Jules, with Jorge Grant stepping up and forcing a diving save out of Mark Oxley with the free-kick.

Blues would settle into the contest and had efforts from Stephen McLaughlin and Tom Clifford miss the target before Hutchinson struck a volley straight at goalkeeper Josh Vickers.

Neither side were able to create anything clear in front of goal, but Southend felt they had a good shout for a penalty waved away when McLaughlin’s shot struck the hand of Joe Morrell in the box.

Campbell’s side continued to grow into the game and had further chances for Hutchinson and McLaughlin, but it would remain goalless going into the half-time interval.

Having arguably been the better side in the first-half, Blues carried that momentum into the second half and had a great chance to open the scoring just after the restart.

A deep cross from Jason Demetriou found the run of Charlie Kelman inside the six-yard box, but the young striker couldn’t stretch enough to divert the ball on target as he fired over.

Southend kept having the better of the chances with Barratt missing another great opportunity when he got on the end of a cut-back from Brandon Goodship only to scuff his effort wide.

But the home side would eventually make the breakthrough that their performance had deserved as they opened the scoring just after an hour with Kelman on the mark for Blues.

Barratt teed up Phillips who was unlucky to see his curling effort come crashing off the crossbar, but Kelman was on hand and stayed onside to stroke in the rebound.  

Lincoln had the most away defeats of any side in League One and they looked set for their 12th defeat on the road, and it was the least that Southend’s performance thus far had deserved.

But their lead could have been wiped out within seconds as Tom Hopper got on the end of a loose ball inside the box, thundering a low strike towards goal that had to be saved by the legs of Oxley.

That was to be the last action for Hopper who was replaced by Jake Hesketh before another former Blue Jack Payne was introduced with less than five minutes remaining.

And with such a narrow lead, Lincoln were always in the game and they had a golden chance to snatch a point fall to John-Jules who somehow blazed over from the edge of the six-yard box late on.

But Michael Appleton’s side would go on to score and look like snatching a point from the jaws of defeat as Harry Anderson headed Lincoln level, looping the ball over Oxley in the 89th minute.

Seven minutes were added on so there was still plenty of time for either side to win it and both sides had chances to nick a win with Jake Hesketh’s deflected effort forcing Oxley into a brilliant save.

Tom Clifford then got goal side and forced a smart save out of Vickers before Southend stole the victory in the sixth minute of added-on time through the most unlikely source.

A corner from the Southend left headed towards the near-post, finding the run of Elvis Bwomono of all people who glanced his header in to spark jubilant scenes and record a deserved win.  

Blues XI: Oxley, Bwomono, Milligan, McLaughlin, Kelman, Demetriou, Barratt, Clifford, Hutchinson (Coker 90+2’), Phillips (Mitchell-Nelson 80’), White (C) (Goodship 57’). Subs Not Used: Taylor, Egbri, Rush, Kinali

Lincoln City XI: Vickers, Shackell (C), Bolger, John-Jules, Hopper (Hesketh 72’), Grant, Morrell, Eardley, Melbourne, Elbouzedi (Anderson 46’), Edun (Payne 86’). Subs Not Used: Andrew, Eyoma, Chapman, Coventry

Referee: Charles Breakspear

Assistants: Stephen Brown & Daniel Cook

Fourth Official: Carl Fitch-Jackson

Scorers:

Southend United: Charlie Kelman 63’, Elvis Bwomono 90+6’

Lincoln City: Harry Anderson 89’

Yellow Cards:

Southend United: Harry Phillips 5’, Mark Milligan 45’, Jason Demetriou 83’

Lincoln City: Tyreece John-Jules 67’, Cian Bolger 90’

Attendance: 6,605 (666 Away Fans)

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Ticket News

Blues vs Imps get your match tickets!

30 January 2020

Up next for Blues in Sky Bet League One is their match against Lincoln City.

Sol Campbell's side had a much-improved start to January, picking up crucial points.

The recent form, despite the defeat to Doncaster on Tuesday night, will be fresh in the players' minds and they will want to take the form back home and start to create big performances at Roots Hall, starting with this Saturday.

We need you to keep up the amazing support going and continue to get behind the boys!

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.

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