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Big Preview: Sunderland vs Southend United

1 November 2019

Sunderland AFC vs Southend United...

Overview

Southend United begin a run of three successive away league matches with a trip to the Stadium of Light as they take on Sunderland tomorrow afternoon.

Blues fans will remember fondly the last time these two sides met, as Southend beat the Black Cats on a dramatic final day to secure their League One survival.

And Sol Campbell will hope to invoke memories from that afternoon in May as Blues look for just their second league win of the season and their first under their new boss.

Form

Blues are without a win in their last six league matches, picking up just one point from the last 18 available with a draw against Tranmere a fortnight ago.

Southend were blown away by Doncaster before showing an improved performance in Sol Campbell’s first game against Ipswich, although Blues were still beaten 3-1.

Sunderland haven’t had it all their own way recently with two wins and one draw from their last six in the league and in midweek they were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Oxford on penalties.  

Last Meeting

Saturday 4th May 2019

Southend United 2-1 Sunderland

White 43’, Humphrys 87’; Maguire (p)75’

I’m sure Blues fans won’t need reminding about the last time these two sides met as Stephen Humphrys’ late strike secured Southend the win they needed to earn League One survival.

In a must-win game for the home side, John White put Southend in front before Chris Maguire’s penalty levelled matters, only for Humphrys to score in the dying minutes to save Blues.  

Blues Team News

Harry Lennon returns from suspension to bolster Blues’ defensive options having missed last weekend’s defeat to Ipswich thanks to a one-match ban.

Stephen McLaughlin and Ethan Hamilton, however, remain suspended as they continue to serve out their three-game bans for red cards picked up against Doncaster Rovers.

Mark Milligan will be assessed after picking up an ankle knock in training this week while Stephen Humphrys is out for around three weeks with a thigh injury.

Sunderland Dangerman

Chris Maguire, the midfield man that those on Wearside refer to as ‘The King’, is arguably the one to watch tomorrow having notched five times already this season to be Sunderland’s joint top scorer.

Maguire scored nine times last season, including goals both home and away against Blues, and he’s already well on his way to eclipsing that number this time around.

The 30-year-old has scored some spectacular goals in the past and, worryingly for Southend, all five of his strikes this season have come at home in wins against Portsmouth, Wimbledon and Tranmere.  

Ref Watch

Trevor Kettle will be the man in charge tomorrow afternoon at the Stadium of Light, assisted by Stephen Wade and Ian Dudley, while Garreth Rhodes acts as the fourth official.

This’ll be the second time this season that Kettle has taken charge of Blues, having officiated Southend’s 2-0 defeat to Brighton’s u21s in the Leasing.com Trophy a month ago.

Kettle so far this season has refereed 12 games, showing 37 yellow cards and four reds, and most recently oversaw Bolton’s 2-0 win away at Bristol Rovers.

Away Fans Guide

Sunderland’s Stadium of Light is by far and away the biggest and most impressive ground Southend fans will visit in League One, with the stadium having a capacity of almost 50,000.

Those fans travelling tomorrow will find themselves in the upper tier of the North Stand with visiting teams typically being given an allocation of around 3,000 tickets.  

For more information on the ground, including info on travel directions, where to park and where to go for a pre-match drink, check out awaygames.co.uk’s guide by clicking here.

Tickets

Pre-Sale tickets for tomorrow’s clash came off sale yesterday (Thursday 31st October) but tickets will still be available to purchase at the Stadium of Light on matchday.

Those looking to purchase tickets on the day of the game, please be aware that it is cash only and tickets can be bought directly at turnstile 71.

For those hoping to get concessions tickets, this will be cash only also and you will need to visit the Sunderland Ticket Office which is located in a separate building adjacent to the East Stand.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Sunderland 1-0 Southend

2 November 2019

Southend United put up a spirited fight against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light only to fall to a 1-0 defeat thanks to Luke O’Nien’s header.

The Black Cats would break the deadlock 20 minutes into the first-half when Denver Hume picked out the run of O’Nien inside the box with O’Nien’s diving header finding the bottom corner.

Blues would have plenty of possession but couldn’t find a way through the Sunderland defences as the home side spurned a number of decent opportunities to extend their lead.  

Southend pushed for an equaliser and had a decent opportunity for Timothee Dieng go begging, but the home side held firm to maintain their unbeaten home record this season.

Despite Blues recording yet another defeat, it was an improved performance from Sol Campbell’s side in just his second game in charge at the club.

The former Newcastle defender made three changes to his side that lost 3-1 to Ipswich Town last weekend, with Nathan Bishop, Harry Lennon and Brandon Goodship coming into the starting 11.

Against a side who had only been beaten once at home in the league since the start of last season, Southend began with some neat passages of play but were unable to create any clear chances.

Isaac Hutchinson’s burst of pace gave Blues their best opening early on, breaking through the Sunderland backline only for Elvis Bwomono’s half-volley to go off target.

The Black Cats would though command the majority of possession and midway through the first-half they would break the deadlock through a well-taken header from Luke O’Nien.

Denver Hume found space on the left to deliver a cross which found the run of O’Nien eight yards out, diving forward to head the ball out of the reach of Bishop and into the bottom corner.

Having gone behind, Southend tried frustrating their hosts, forcing those in red and white into errors which were often greeted by jeers from the majority of those inside the Stadium of Light.  

That made for a nervy atmosphere, despite the home side being in front, and Southend had a couple of good opportunities to capitalise on that nervousness before the interval.

Joe Shaughnessy’s long throws were causing some problems inside the Sunderland penalty area, with Tom Hopper and Simon Cox having half-shouts for penalties waved away.

Bwomono then crossed for Hopper who in turn laid the ball back across goal for the incoming Goodship, but the young striker failed to get the connection he desired to hit the target.

Early in the second-half, Sunderland had a couple of good opportunities to extend their lead go begging with Will Grigg’s header going narrowly over the crossbar.  

A weaving run from Hume then allowed the Black Cats winger to get a shot in on goal only for his effort from a narrow-angle to be blocked at the near post by the recovering Bwomono.

Southend would see a lot of the ball in the second-half but Jon McLaughlin remained untested in the Sunderland goal with Blues unable to get into scoring positions.

Up the other end however, Bishop had to be at his best to save a curling Aiden McGeady effort before O’Nien fired a volley straight down the throat of Bishop as they pushed for a second.

The longer Southend kept the home side within arm’s reach, the more chance they would have of nicking an unlikely result on Wearside, with the home crowd continuing to voice their frustration.

And with less than 10 minutes remaining, Blues had a great chance with a wide free-kick which fell kindly for Timothee Dieng only for the Frenchman not to completely miss the bouncing ball.

With time running out for the visitors, Cox had a speculative effort from distance go straight into the hands of Jon McLaughlin with the home side holding firm for the victory.  

Campbell though will still be able to take positives from the afternoon, despite another defeat for Blues, with Southend on the road again on Tuesday night against Portsmouth.

Sunderland XI: J McLaughlin, C McLaughlin, Lynch, Willis, Power (C), Maguire (Watmore 62’), O’Nien, Dobson, McGeady (Leadbitter 86’), Grigg (McNulty 78’), Hume. Subs Not Used: Patterson, McGeouch, Flanagan, Kimpioka

Blues XI: Bishop, Bwomono, Ralph, Milligan (C) (Hyam 78’), Dieng, Hopper (Rush 78’), Cox, Goodship (Acquah 64’), Shaughnessy, Lennon, Hutchinson. Subs Not Used: Oxley, Ndukwu, Demetriou, Taylor

Referee: Trevor Kettle

Assistants: Stephen Wade & Ian Dudley

Fourth Official: Garreth Rhodes

Scorers:

Sunderland: Luke O’Nien 20’

Southend United: None

Yellow Cards:

Sunderland: Conor McLaughlin 84’, Luke O’Nien 90+1’

Southend United: Tom Hopper 73’

Attendance: 30,407

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Ticket News

Sunderland Off Sale Ticket Information

30 October 2019

Tickets for Blues' match against Sunderland on Saturday 2nd November will come off sale at 4pm on Thursday 31st October.

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