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Big Preview: Southend United vs Doncaster Rovers

22 October 2019

Southend United vs Doncaster Rovers...

Overview

Southend United entertain Doncaster Rovers this evening at Roots Hall in the first of two huge home games for the Blues in the coming days.  

Gary Waddock’s side welcome league leaders Ipswich Town on Saturday but first they must navigate a side who they haven’t beaten in the last nine meetings between the two sides.

September 2007 was the last time Southend got the better of Doncaster and they’ll be hoping the visitors won’t be able to make it a perfect 10 without defeat against Blues tonight.

Form

Blues ended their run of four successive defeats in all competitions last time out with a 1-1 draw against Tranmere Rovers on a night where one point could so easily have been three.

Prior to that, Southend had lost to AFC Wimbledon, Gillingham and Accrington in the league with Gary Waddock’s side only managing to pick up a single point at home this season.

While Southend haven’t won yet at home this season, Doncaster haven’t won yet away, although Rovers did end a three-game losing run on Saturday thanks to a 2-0 home win over Bristol Rovers.

Last Meeting

Tuesday 12th February 2019

Doncaster Rovers 3-0 Southend United

Marquis 14’, Wilks 55’, Kane 73’

Despite a bright start from the visitors, Rovers captain John Marquis nodded Doncaster in front after less than quarter of an hour when he was found by a James Coppinger cross.

Southend had chances to level only for Mallik Wilks’ low drive to beat Nathan Bishop. The home side then rounded off the win when Marquis broke forward, teeing up Herbie Kane for a tap in.

Blues Team News

Mark Oxley is available again for selection this evening having missed out on Friday night’s draw with Tranmere Rovers due to personal reasons.

Harry Lennon and Rob Kiernan were unused substitutes on Friday after Lennon picked up a knock against Wimbledon and Kiernan rolled his ankle in training, but both should be fully fit tonight.

Tom Hopper will look to build on his first start and first goal of the season against Tranmere, while Charlie Kelman, Sam Mantom and Luke Hyam are all still unavailable.

Doncaster Dangerman

James Coppinger continues to be one of Doncaster’s biggest threats, despite the Rovers midfielder being a couple of months shy of his 39th birthday and into his 21st season as a professional.

Coppinger’s wizardry with a dead ball continues to cause teams all sorts of problems and he chips in with a few goals here or there too, scoring three times in the league so far this season.  

The Doncaster legend has made over 600 appearances for Rovers and is showing no sign of slowing down any time soon and he’ll be one Blues need to keep close tabs on this evening.

Ref Watch

Josh Smith will be in charge this evening at Roots Hall, being assisted by Carl Fitch-Jackson and Leigh Crowhurst while Stephen Finch stands in as fourth official.

Smith has officiated nine matches so far this season, issuing 32 yellow cards and two reds and was last in the middle for Friday night’s League One stalemate between Lincoln and Shrewsbury.

This will be Smith’s first time taking charge of Blues with this being his first season officiating in the Football League, having refereed 21 National League games last term.   

Tickets

Tickets are available to purchase from the Blues Box Office, online or by calling 08444 770077 and are available to purchase right up until kick-off.  

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Match Reports

Match Report: Southend 1-7 Doncaster

22 October 2019

New Blues boss Sol Campbell watched on as the nine men of Southend were soundly beaten 7-1 by Doncaster Rovers at Roots Hall.

Southend’s backs were against the wall early on when Ethan Hamilton was shown a straight red card for a high challenge on Jon Taylor after only six minutes.

But Blues would still manage to open the scoring when Isaac Hutchinson found the top corner with a brilliantly taken free-kick that gave the 10-men something to hold onto.

Doncaster though would quickly turn the tables midway through the half with goals from Kwame Thomas and Ben Sheaf before Thomas grabbed Rovers’ third shortly after the interval.

Stephen McLaughlin was then shown red for a challenge, again on Taylor, before Ben Whiteman grabbed a fourth for the visitors with a well-taken effort from 20-yards out.

Kieran Sadlier and Alfie May would inflict more punishment on the nine men of Blues before a Nathan Ralph own goal rounded off a miserable night for the home side.

Ahead of kick-off, Blues announced Sol Campbell as their new manager and it was clear early on that the Southend players were keen to impress their new gaffer who was watching from the stands.  

But despite a bright start, things quickly took a turn for the worse for Southend who were reduced to 10 men in just the sixth minute as Ethan Hamilton was given a straight red card.

The on-loan Manchester United midfielder was given his marching orders after a knee-high challenge on Doncaster’s Jon Taylor with ref Josh Smith having no hesitation in brandishing the red.

Blues now had an age to last a man light against a Doncaster side that they hadn’t beaten in any of their last nine meetings, but unbelievably the 10-men of Southend would take an early lead.

Tom Hopper was brought down 25-yards out, allowing Isacc Hutchinson to stand over the dead ball and curl a superb free-kick into the top corner which gave goalkeeper Seny Dieng no chance.

Hutchinson’s goal gave Blues something to hold onto, but the visitors would make their numerical advantage count by grabbing two goals in quick succession to turn the match in their favour.

Kieran Sadlier’s whipped ball in from the left found the unmarked Kwame Thomas at the far-post midway through the first half, with the Rovers number 39 heading in from six-yards out.  

Three minutes later and Rovers were in front as James Coppinger’s cross was volleyed towards goal by Ben Sheaf, with his effort taking a big deflection off Nathan Ralph to beat Nathan Bishop.

Blues would need to dig deep in the second-half if they were to have any hope of salvaging anything from the game but in a crazy 60 seconds Southend found themselves two goals and two men down.

Doncaster first extended their lead when Thomas grabbed his second goal of the evening, getting on the end of a flick-on inside the box to score at the far-post.

Just moments later and Southend were reduced to nine men as Stephen McLaughlin become the second Blues player to be shown a straight red card for a foul on Doncaster’s Taylor.

Taylor, who had been fouled for the Hamilton red card earlier in the game, was caught by McLaughlin on the ankle which was enough for referee Smith to show his red card once more.

With Doncaster all but assured of their first away win in the league this season and Blues beginning the tire, the visitors would run rampant by scoring four more goals in the final 20 minutes.

Ben Whiteman, who’d previously scored a hat-trick for Doncaster against Blues, curled one in from 20-yards beyond the despairing dive of Bishop to make it 4-1.

Sadlier then scored Doncaster’s fifth, scoring on the rebound after Taylor had struck the foot of the post, before Alfie May lifted the ball over Bishop for a sixth in the final minute of normal time.  

And as injury time was shown, Taylor’s cross deflected into the net off Ralph to round off the scoring on a miserable night for Blues.

Blues XI: Bishop, Bwomono, Ralph, Milligan (C), Dieng (Lennon 56’), Hopper (Humphrys 55’), Cox, McLaughlin, Hamilton, Shaughnessy, Hutchinson. Subs Not Used: Oxley, Goodship, Kiernan, Demetriou, Acquah

Doncaster Rovers XI: Dieng, Halliday, James, Anderson, Sheaf, Sadlier, Whiteman (C), Taylor, Coppinger (May 63’), Daniels (Wright 46’), Thomas (Gomes 74’). Subs Not Used: Lawlor, Blaney, Longbottom, Ennis

Referee: Josh Smith

Assistants: Carl Fitch-Jackson & Anthony Da Costa

Fourth Official: Stephen Finch

Scorers:

Southend United: Isaac Hutchinson 11’

Doncaster Rovers: Kwame Thomas 23’, 52’ Ben Sheaf 26’, Ben Whiteman 70’, Kieran Sadlier 82’, Alfie May 90’, Nathan Ralph O.G. 90+1

Yellow Cards:

Southend United: Mark Milligan 60’, Harry Lennon 67’

Doncaster Rovers: Donervon Daniels 1’

Red Cards:

Southend United: Ethan Hamilton 6’, Stephen McLaughlin 53’

Doncaster Rovers: None

Attendance: 5,066 (233 Away Fans)

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