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Big Preview: Tranmere Rovers vs Southend United

18 October 2019

Tranmere Rovers vs Southend United...

Overview

It is Friday night under the lights for Blues this evening as they travel to Liverpool to take on Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park.

Currently seven points adrift of safety towards the bottom of League One, it is vitally important that Southend start picking up points and quickly, starting this evening against Rovers.

Tonight’s hosts themselves are only one point above the drop-zone at present and have an ever-increasing injury list to contend with, giving Blues hope that they can pick up a positive result.

Form

Southend’s woes have only continued in recent weeks with four defeats in all competitions coming off the back of their opening league win of the season against MK Dons.

Last time out saw Blues lose 4-1 to fellow strugglers AFC Wimbledon at Roots Hall with a hat-trick from Marcus Forss extending Blues’ run without a home win.

Tranmere picked up a smash-and-grab 1-0 win over Coventry last Sunday thanks to a late strike from Corey Blackett-Taylor, their second win in their last six league matches.  

Last Meeting

Saturday 11th April 2015

Southend United 1-0 Tranmere Rovers

Corr 38’

Barry Corr’s ninth goal in 11 matches earned Southend a 1-0 win over struggling Tranmere Rovers at Roots Hall as Blues maintained their push for a League Two play-off place.

Corr struck the winner just before the interval, getting on the end of Will Atkinson’s corner and while Tranmere pushed hard for an equaliser the Southend defence remained firm to secure the win.  

Blues Team News

Mark Milligan has returned from international duty with Australia and is available again for selection this evening, having missed the defeat to AFC Wimbledon last weekend.

Striker Stephen Humphrys has returned to training also after being out of action for over a week but Gary Waddock is cautious over whether the frontman will feature this evening.

Defender Harry Lennon is touch and go after being forced off last weekend with a groin problem while Sam Mantom, Luke Hyam and Charlie Kelman are all not available.

Tranmere Dangerman

Having impressed against Southend in the past for Shrewsbury and Bristol Rovers, Stefan Payne is likely to be one to look out for this evening for Tranmere.

Payne has been a workhorse for Rovers this term and, despite his main threat being in front of goal, he’s been doing the hard yards defensively as well to help out his team.

Ultimately though, a striker is there to score goals and Payne has four to his name so far this season, including a couple of late, late strikes against Rotherham and Burton Albion.

Ref Watch

David Webb will be our man in the middle this evening, being assisted by Robert Merchant and Mark Jones while Lewis Smith will keep the two managers in check as fourth official.

So far this season, Webb has taken charge of nine matches – seven of which were in the Championship – showing 21 yellow cards and no reds.

And last time Webb took charge of Southend it was a successful night for the travelling Blues as they came away with a 3-0 win on the road at Oldham in April last year.  

Away Fans Guide

It’s been almost five years since Blues fans last visited Prenton Park which has been home of Tranmere Rovers for over a century.  

Those travelling tomorrow will find themselves in the Cowshed Stand which has the capacity to accommodate up 2,000 fans, with the stadium as a whole able to hold over 16,000.

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

Tickets for tonight’s clash came off sale at the Blues Box Office yesterday but there are still tickets available to purchase from Prenton Park on the night.

Those wishing to buy tickets at the ground, please be aware that the turnstiles are cash only and all tickets are subject to a £3 increase on advanced prices, with the exception of u12s.

Watch LIVE on iFollow Blues

This Friday's Sky Bet League One encounter will be available on iFollow Blues and will be streamed LIVE to International & UK Blues fans!

Match passes for the fixture are just £10 in the UK - £5 overseas - and give you the chance to enjoy the game from the comfort of your own home.

Find out more and to purchase a pass click here.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Tranmere 1-1 Southend

18 October 2019

Paul Mullin’s late penalty for Tranmere meant the spoils were shared at Prenton Park as Southend drew 1-1 against Tranmere Rovers.

Tom Hopper marked his first start since a career-threatening knee injury with a well-taken goal, getting on the end of Simon Cox’s long ball forward to dink past the advancing Scott Davies.

Southend had to withstand plenty of pressure from the home side but Blues looked the most likely to score again, moving forward dangerously, especially on the counter-attack.

The visitors had chances for a second either side of the break but they couldn’t quite give themselves daylight before conceding a penalty in the final throws of the game.

Paul Mullin was brought down by Nathan Ralph at the far-post as the referee pointed to the spot before Mullin dusted himself off to grab Tranmere a share of the points.

Blues will be disappointed not to have held on for what would have been a vital win, but a point on the road is something at least to build on going into two home games next week against Doncaster Rovers and Ipswich Town.

Following a third straight league defeat last weekend, Caretaker boss Gary Waddock made four changes to his Southend side to take on Tranmere under the Friday night lights in the Wirral.

Mark Milligan returned to fill it at centre back along with Nathan Bishop who replaced the absent Mark Oxley, with Isaac Hutchinson and Tom Hopper rounding off the new faces.

Miserable weather and difficult traffic conditions meant Blues fans just scraped into Prenton Park before kick-off but they were rewarded for their dedication with an early Southend goal.

A long ball forward from Simon Cox found the run of Hopper who, one on one with George Ray, outpaced the centre-half before calmly dinking the ball past Scott Davies inside 10 minutes.

Having gone behind, the home side responded well by putting pressure on Blues’ patched-up back-four, winning a series of corners, but they all came to no avail as Southend held firm.  

And Blues arguably should have doubled their advantage before the half-hour mark after Stephen McLaughlin’s corner found its way to Timothee Dieng, but his free header went narrowly wide.

Wet conditions underfoot meant there were plenty of tackles flying in and it clearly made the ball difficult to handle as Rovers goalkeeper Davies dropped a simple catch to gift Blues a huge chance.

His slip-up allowed Cox to pick up the loose ball and as Davies backpedalled the Southend striker tried lobbing the Tranmere skipper but his effort sailed just over the crossbar.

Tranmere had a couple of big opportunities go begging late in the half as both David Perkins and Corey Blackett-Taylor had good chances but both failed to trouble Nathan Bishop in goal.

A second goal for Southend would have settled some nerves in the second-half and they went mightily close to scoring within a minute of the restart through McLaughlin.

Hutchinson’s cross towards the far post picked out the Irishman, but with the ball coming in at an awkward angle the winger couldn’t get enough on his effort to get the ball beyond Davies.

Southend continued to push for a second and a superb tackle by Nathan Ralph allowed Blues to spring a counter-attack on Tranmere as Cox teed up Hutchinson only for Davies to make the save.

Micky Mellon’s side were then almost gifted an equaliser when Bishop’s goal kick was fired straight at Stefan Payne with the ball fortuitously, for Blues, ricocheting over the crossbar.

Tranmere then went even closer to an equaliser as a Kieron Morris corner caused havoc inside the penalty box, with the ball pinballing around before Bishop sprung to his right to clear off the line.

But for all of Tranmere’s pressure, Southend had the better chances up the other end and Cox managed to create a little bit of space inside the box to force a low save out of Davies.

From the resulting corner, a desperation header stopped Joe Shaughnessy getting a chance on goal before Blues recycled the loose ball only for Cox head wide.

Southend were looking good for all three points as Tranmere failed to show any cutting edge in attack, but with a little less than 10 minutes remaining they were given a golden chance from the penalty spot.

Substitute Paul Mullin was dragged down inside the box by Ralph with the referee awarding the home side a penalty which Mullin himself converted, smashing it down the middle to level.

The equaliser lit a flame under Tranmere who pushed for an unlikely winner but Southend remained firm to claim the point, which was the least that they deserved on the night.   

Tranmere Rovers XI: Davies (C), Ridehalgh, Ray, Monthe, Morris, Caprice, Perkins, Hepburn-Murphy (Jennings 65’), Blackett-Taylor (Mullin 71’), Danns, Payne. Subs Not Used: Pilling, Nelson, Ponticelli, Wilson, Borthwick-Jackson

Blues XI: Bishop, Bwomono (Demetriou 90+3’), Ralph, Milligan (C), Dieng, Hopper (Humphrys 62’), Cox, McLaughlin, Hamilton, Shaughnessy, Hutchinson (Acquah 90’). Subs Not Used: Goodship, Kiernan, Lennon.

Referee: David Webb

Assistants: Robert Merchant & Mark Jones

Fourth Official: Lewis Smith

Scorers:

Tranmere Rovers: Paul Mullin (p) 85’

Southend United: Tom Hopper 9’

Yellow Cards:

Tranmere Rovers: Manny Monthe 68’

Southend Unite: Stephen McLaughlin 64’, Joe Shaughnessy 81’, Timothee Dieng 90+4’

Attendance: 7,066 (290 Away Fans)

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Ticket News

Tranmere Tickets Coming Off Sale

17 October 2019

Information regarding tickets for this Friday's game against Tranmere Rovers...

Next up, Blues travel to the North West for some Friday night football against The Whites.

In person or collections from Prenton Park are now the only way to get tickets due to the posting period closing.

Ticket sales will cease at 5pm on Thursday evening before being available on the day at turnstiles.

These tickets will be cash only and all tickets purchased on the day will be increased by £3 over the advanced sales (except the U12 price).

Any collections will be available from the Blues Box Office till 5pm on Thursday with any outstanding being sent up to Tranmere and made available on the night.

Advance prices:

Category Price
Adults £19.00
Senior (65+) £12.00
Young Person (18-22) £12.00
Amubulant Disabled £12.00
U18 £6.00
U12 £2.00
Carer £0

All wheelchair tickets need to be purchased through Tranmere FC by calling 0151 609 3328.

Please note that anyone who has purchased a ‘Young Persons’ Ticket will need ID on the evening. Please ensure the ID has a Date of Birth on, if not you will be charged for an Adult ticket.

Anyone who has got one of the original tickets with the wrong date on please return this before Thursday at 5pm to get a re-issued ticket that will gain you access without any issues.

Click here to purchase tickets.

For Tranmere travel details click here.

Reminder that this game is LIVE on iFollow Blues in the UK and match passes are now on sale for £10. Click here for more information on an iFollow Match Pass.

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