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Big Preview: Southend United vs AFC Wimbledon

11 October 2019

Southend United vs AFC Wimbledon

Overview

Blues will welcome AFC Wimbledon to Roots Hall tomorrow afternoon in what is already looking like a huge six-pointer for both sides.

The Dons, along with Southend, are currently in the relegation places having each picked up just the one win so far this campaign, with Wimbledon currently two points above Blues.

Three points for either side here tomorrow could be the springboard needed to start climbing up the table and away from the danger zone.

Form

Southend go into tomorrow’s game off the back of successive defeats to Gillingham and Accrington Stanley, having picked up just one win so far this campaign.

Blues also have yet to pick up a victory at Roots Hall this season with their only point on home turf coming when they drew 3-3 with Fleetwood Town.

Wimbledon earned their first win of the league season last weekend with a 3-2 victory over Rochdale and they followed that up with 3-0 win over Leyton Orient in the Leasing.com Trophy in midweek.

Last Meeting

Saturday 16th March 2019

Southend United 0-1 AFC Wimbledon

Pigott 67’

Joe Pigott came back to haunt his former side as the Wimbledon striker capitalised on a defensive mix-up from Blues to grab the only goal of the game at Roots Hall.

A long ball from the back caused Michael Turner and Mark Oxley to collide, allowing Pigott to steal in and slide the ball into the empty net to give the Dons a vital victory.   

Blues Team News

Mark Milligan is unavailable for Blues this weekend having been called up by the Australian national side for their World Cup qualifiers against Nepal and Chinese Taipei.

Another midfielder likely to be absent is Sam Mantom who missed the Gillingham game with a hamstring problem which he’s unlikely to recover from in time for Saturday.

Nathan Ralph and Brandon Goodship are back in training and should be available for selection, while Charlie Kelman remains out with an ankle problem.

Wimbledon Dangerman

One of a number of former Blues faces found in the Wimbledon squad, midfielder Mitchell Pinnock looks like he’s found form in recent weeks and will be a key threat on Saturday.

Pinnock has scored for Dons in their last two league games, including what turned out to be the winner last weekend against Rochdale, their first league win of the season.

The 24-year-old began his career at Blues but he made just the two appearances in his time at the club and he’ll be looking to add to his goal tally this afternoon against his former employers.  

Ref Watch

Referee Simon Cooper will take charge of proceedings at Roots Hall tomorrow afternoon, assisted by Daniel Robathan and Neil Davies with Alan Dale the fourth official.

Cooper has taken control of just the five games so far this season – four in the Championship and one in the Premier League – issuing 21 yellows and no red cards.

This will be Cooper’s first visit to Roots Hall since December 2015, with the Wiltshire ref last taking charge of Blues in a 1-1 draw at Charlton Athletic last February where he sent off Dru Yearwood.

Tickets

It's Junior Blues Day and therefore all Junior Blues can attend this fixture for FREE.

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 1-4 AFC Wimbledon

12 October 2019

It was a difficult day at the office for Southend United who were beaten 4-1 at home by AFC Wimbledon.

Marcus Forss bagged a hat-trick for the Dons, two coming in the opening 11 minutes, as he continued his fine form in the league this season which takes his own tally to seven.

Blues welcomed Timothee Dieng back into the starting line-up for the first time in Sky Bet League One, and he reduced the arrears in the opening 45 minutes with his first goal of the season to send Blues into half-time with just the one-goal deficit.

But after the break Forss completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot and Ryan Delaney added a fourth from a corner as he headed past Mark Oxley to hand the Dons three points.

Gary Waddock was able to name Tom Hopper on the bench for the first time since he ruptured his ACL last season against Walsall at Roots Hall.

In the starting eleven itself there were four changes from the side that lost to Gillingham last weekend. In came Nathan Ralph, Joe Shaughnessy, Brandon Goodship and Dieng for Mark Milligan, Jason Demetriou, Stephen Humphrys and Isaac Hutchinson.

The Dons went into the game just one place above Blues towards the foot of the League One standings and they started quickly as Joe Pigott sent a deflected shot wide of the left post.

But the visitors soon raced into a two-goal lead as Forss, on loan from Brentford, found the net on two occasions just over five minutes apart.

His first came after he burst into the right hand side of the penalty area, with his shot deflecting in beyond Oxley.

Six minutes later, Forss had his second, reacting sharply following a goalmouth scramble, which included a fine save from Mark Oxley, before firing home from eight yards.

However, Gary Waddock’s side replied just two minutes later when Nathan Ralph delivered a fine left wing cross which Timothee Dieng headed into the bottom right hand corner of the net from six yards.

Moments later, Blues were forced into making their first change of the afternoon as Harry Lennon went off injured and was replaced by Isaac Hutchinson in a move which saw Rob Kiernan move back into the defence.

Southend remained on the front foot with Elvis Bwomono having a 20 yard shot tipped wide of the right post by Dons goalkeeper Nathan Trott before Simon Cox headed over a right wing cross from Bwomono.

AFC Wimbledon replied with Mitch Pinnock – a former Blues winger - volleying over from 12 yards before the hosts hit back with Rob Kiernan volleying straight at Trott following a left wing corner from Brandon Goodship.

Blues’ spell of pressure did not bring an equaliser and Wimbledon took full advantage by extending their lead seven minutes into the second half, with Forss completing his hat-trick.

The striker’s third goal of the afternoon came from the penalty spot after referee Simon Hooper penalised Kiernan for a push on Ryan Delaney as he attempted to reach a right wing corner from Pinnock.

And Forss made of the most of the opportunity as he impressively slammed his penalty into the top right hand corner of the net.

Blues responded by making a second change in the 71st minute as the fit-again Tom Hopper ended close to a year long spell on the sidelines with a cruciate ligament injury by replacing Nathan Ralph.

However, the visitors remained on top with Pigott having a close range effort tipped wide of the left post by Oxley.

But, from the resulting Max Sanders corner, the visitors made it 4-1 with Ryan Delaney rising high to nod home a powerful header.

Blues soon made a third change with Jason Demetriou replacing Elvis Bwomono at right-back but it was the visitors who continued to threaten with Oxley doing well to keep out Kwesi Appiah’s close range header.

Blues XI: Oxley, Bwomono (Demetriou 78’), Ralph (Hopper 71), Dieng, Cox (C), McLaughlin, Goodship, Kiernan, Hamilton, Shaughnessy, Lennon (Hutchinson 18’).

Subs Not Used: Bishop, Taylor, Egbri, Rush.

AFC Wimbledon XI: Trott, Thomas, Wagstaff (C), Pinnock (McLoughlin 90’), Forss (Appiah 78’), Delaney, Sanders, Kalambayi, Osew, Pigott, Wordsworth (Hartigan 82’).

Subs Not Used: Tzanev, Stabana, Guiness-Walker, Reilly.

Referee: Simon Hooper

Assistants: Daniel Robathan & Neil Davies

Fourth Official: Alan Dale

Scorers:

Southend United: Dieng 13’

AFC Wimbledon: Forss 5’, 11’, 52’, Delaney 72’

Attendance: 6,420 (666 Away Fans)

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Ticket News

Get Your AFC Wimbledon Tickets

10 October 2019

Blues are back in action at Roots Hall this Saturday as they take on AFC Wimbledon.

This fixture is our dedicated Junior Blues match, which means any JB member can watch the game for FREE!

Make sure you purchase your tickets for this fixture and be part of it!

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
Junior Blues FREE FREE

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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