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Big Preview: Southend United vs Bristol Rovers

6 March 2020

Southend United vs Bristol Rovers...

Overview

Southend United return to Roots Hall for some League One action as they welcome Ben Garner and his Bristol Rovers side to Essex tomorrow afternoon.

Blues will be looking for a positive start to the month of March after a number of battling performances in the league in recent weeks have gone unrewarded.

Rovers travel in poor form too with just one win in their 14 league games since Garner replaced Graham Coughlan as manager in December, so they’ll be keen to halt their own slide with a win.

Form

As mentioned, Southend have been on the wrong end of some narrow defeats in the last few weeks with Blues losing all of their last six matches in League One.

Four of those six though have been by a single goal, including last weekend’s 2-1 defeat to high-flying Oxford where a late goal nicked all three points for the Yellows.

Rovers’ win against Blackpool three weeks ago was their only win in their last 15 league matches and tomorrow’s visitors come into this weekend off the back of successive defeats.

Last Meeting

Saturday 7th December 2019
Bristol Rovers 4-2 Southend United

Clarke-Harris (p)48’, Ogogo 56’, Upson 75’, Kilgour 81; Hopper 13’, Goodship 36’

Bristol Rovers completed a remarkable second-half turnaround to come from 2-0 down to defeat a stunned Southend United 4-2 at the Memorial Stadium.

Goals from Tom Hopper and Brandon Goodship put Blues in control. A Johnson Clarke-Harris penalty began the comeback with goals from Junior Ogogo, Ed Upson and Alfie Kilgour sealing the win.

Blues Team News

Southend’s injury concerns have deepened this week with both Mark Milligan and Timothee Dieng looking set to miss out on Saturday’s clash.

Milligan suffered a fractured cheekbone late in the defeat to Oxford last weekend with Dieng picking up a hamstring injury in training during the week.  

Joe Shaughnessy, who’s only recently returned, has an ankle problem so is touch and go to feature, though Stephen McLaughlin, Jason Demetriou and Sam Mantom should all be available.

Rovers’ Danger Man

With top scorer Johnson Clarke-Harris looking set to miss out on Saturday through injury, Rovers may look for the youthful exuberance of James Daly to fire the visitors to victory.

Daly only made his Rovers debut from the bench last weekend after signing in January, but in his fleeting appearance, he injected plenty of energy into the side and looked a danger upfront.

The 20-year-old joined from Crystal Palace where he’d been highly regarded, with his current boss describing Daly as being a “quick and versatile forward” making him the one to watch on Saturday.  

Ref Watch

James Oldham will once again take charge on Saturday having been the referee in the two side’s previous clash against one another back in December.

Oldham will be assisted by George Byrne and Stephen Brown, with John Flynn as the fourth official, and Saturday will be Oldham’s 26th game of the campaign.

In his previous 25 matches, Oldham has shown 79 yellow cards and five reds, and last time out oversaw Northampton’s 3-0 win away at Grimsby.

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 3-1 Bristol Rovers

7 March 2020

Southend United picked up a deserved 3-1 victory over Bristol Rovers with goals from Charlie Kelman, Terrell Egbri and Stephen McLaughlin sealing a first win in seven for Blues.

United hit the front after a mistake from Josh Hare was latched upon, allowing Charlie Kelman to run through and score past Jamal Blackman.

Blues though returned the favour straight after the restart when Elvis Bwomono got caught on the ball and Jayden Mitchell-Lawson stole through to equalise a minute after the interval.

Sol Campbell’s side would react brilliantly and retake the lead when Terrell Egbri ran in at the far post to tap in Eren Kinali’s low ball across the box for his first senior goal.

And the points were sealed when Stephen McLaughlin’s cross-come-shot took a wicked deflection off Alfie Kilgour to divert into the net and seal the three points.

Both sides had come into this afternoon in poor form, with Southend losing their last six while Bristol Rovers had lost their last two and won just one of their last 15 league games.

But of those six defeats for Blues, four of them had been by just a single goal and Sol Campbell’s side had put in some positive performances against teams pushing for promotion at the top of the table.

So both sides saw this afternoon as a chance for a positive result and the visitors went close to opening the scoring inside three minutes when Alfie Kilgour hit the woodwork.

A free-kick from the right was played back across goal by Tony Craig, allowing Kilgour to nod the ball goalwards only for it to bounce off the post before the follow-up was saved by Patrik Gunnarsson.  

It was a lucky escape for Blues and they made the most of it as they would open the scoring midway through the first-half with a well-taken strike from frontman Charlie Kelman.

Josh Hare's attempted clearance struck Kelman who was then put through on goal by Jason Demetriou. Kelman ran clear before firing across the face of Jamal Blackman and into the bottom corner to put Southend in front.

It was a superbly taken effort from Kelman who’d deservedly put Blues 1-0 up and they went within a whisker of increasing their lead when Terrell Egbri’s deflected cross hit the Rovers crossbar.

If Egbri had scored there it would have been harsh on the visitors with the deflection deceiving Blackman, and he was almost caught out again by another deflected effort, this time from Lewis Gard, that just hit the side netting.

Going into the break a goal to the good, the instructions would have been to keep things tight at the back early in the second-half but Rovers were back level within a minute of the restart.

Elvis Bwomono got the ball caught between his feet and was unable to get it clear, allowing Jayden Mitchell-Lawson to run clean through and slide in the equaliser for Ben Garner’s side.

Such a quick equaliser was a hammer blow for Campbell’s Blues but they showed great character to go back in front before the hour mark with Egbri scoring his first senior goal for the club.

Eren Kinali kept himself onside out on the left and played a wicked low ball across the face of goal that cut out the entire Rovers backline, leaving Egbri to run in and score at the far post.

Lead now restored, Blues set about putting daylight between the two sides and Southend had three great chances to increase their advantage go begging.

Bwomono saw an effort from inside the box blocked by some last-ditch defending before Blackman was forced into a superb reaction save to tip Stephen McLaughlin’s effort over the crossbar.

The on-loan Chelsea goalkeeper was then needed to save Kelman’s acrobatic bicycle-kick attempt, springing across to save to his right, as Southend continued to push for a third to kill the game off.

And after applying so much pressure on the Rovers backline, eventually it told as Blues would score a points-clinching third to seal their first victory in seven games.

McLaughlin found acres of space over on the left and when his cross-come-shot took a deflection off Kilgour, Blackman could do nothing but watch the ball hit the back of the net.

Blues XI: Gunnarsson, Bwomono, McLaughlin, Gard (Rush 90+2’), Shaughnessy, Kelman, Demetriou (C), Clifford, Egbri, Kinali, Mitchell-Nelson. Subs Not Used: Seaden, Goodship, Barratt, Kyprianou, Hutchinson, Howard

Bristol Rovers XI: Blackman, Craig, Upson (Bennett 65’), Sercombe, Clarke (C), Leahy, Kilgour, Daly (Abraham 74’), Hare (Rodman 66’), Harries, Mitchell-Lawson. Subs Not Used: Van Stappershoef, Holmes-Dennis, Menayese, Hargreaves

Referee: James Oldham

Assistants: Adrian Tranter & Stephen Brown

Fourth Official: John Flynn

Scorers:

Southend United: Charlie Kelman 18’, Terrell Egbri 55’, Stephen McLaughlin 79’

Bristol Rovers: Jayden Mitchell-Lawson 46’

Yellow Cards:

Southend United: Jason Demetriou 70'

Bristol Rovers: Ed Upson 64’, Cian Harries 86’

Attendance: 5,806 (537 Away Fans)

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Ticket News

Blues Take On The Pirates At Roots Hall

3 March 2020

Get your match tickets for Blues' latest fixture.

Southend United welcome Bristol Rovers to Essex on Saturday 7th March as Sol Campbell's side look to turn their form around.

Blues came close to a share of the spoils last week against Oxford United and will want to now get some crucial points on the board when they take on Ben Garner's side.

Your support has been outstanding all season and we need you to keep it going on Saturday!

Ticket prices for the game can be found below.

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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