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Big Preview: Southend United vs Accrington Stanley

27 September 2019

Southend United vs Accrington Stanley


Blues will be chomping at the bit to return to action following their first win of the season and they’ll be looking to build on that victory as they host Accrington Stanley at Roots Hall tomorrow.

Southend have won seven of the 16 meetings between the two sides and run out comfortable 3-0 winners the last time Stanley ventured south to Essex back in December.

Both sides have had a tough start to the campaign with each’s only league win, funnily enough, coming against MK Dons and both will be desperate to grab a second victory tomorrow afternoon.  


Southend had a huge lift last weekend after picking up their first win of the season and their first clean sheet in eight months thanks to a 1-0 win away at MK Dons.

That win came off the back of a 4-3 defeat away to Shrewsbury for Blues, who’d picked up their first home point of the season thanks to a 3-3 draw with Fleetwood the weekend prior.

Accrington were unfortunate not to beat Blackpool last time out, conceding a late equaliser to draw 1-1, coming off the back of another 1-1 draw with Wycombe and a 3-1 defeat to Sunderland.

Last Meeting

Saturday 23rd February 2019

Accrington Stanley 1-1 Southend United

Barlaser 60’; Humphrys 20’

Southend picked up a point on the road the last time these two sides met back in February, drawing 1-1 with Accrington at the Wham Stadium.

Stephen Humphrys gave Blues the lead but suffered a serious facial injury in scoring the goal as he collided with the ‘keeper before Dan Barlaser levelled matters for the home side on the hour mark.

Blues Team News

Sam Mantom and Stephen Humphrys are available again for selection tomorrow after both missed out on last weekend’s win at MK Dons due to a stomach virus.

Stephen McLaughlin was withdrawn against Dons thanks to a head injury, but he’s recovered and is available, while John White is out after having surgery on his broken arm in the week.

And Blues will assess defender Jason Demetriou who was absent against Dons. The Cypriot international has had on-going knee problems which will continue to be managed.  

Accrington Dangerman

Long-serving midfielder Sean McConville is one to watch out for tomorrow afternoon for Accrington, especially if he gets any set-pieces within striking range.

When Blues last played Accrington back in February, McConville was a constant menace with his dead-ball delivery with the Liverpudlian scoring a career-best 15 goals for Stanley last term.

He’s yet to find the mark in the league so far this season, although he has grabbed one in the EFL Trophy, but his creativity on the ball will be something Blues need to be wary of.

Ref Watch

Tomorrow’s game with Stanley will see referee Charles Breakspear take charge, assisted by Gregory Read and Aaron Farmer while Marc Wilson is in as fourth official.

Breakspear has taken control of eight matches so far this season and hasn’t been afraid to show a card or two, issuing five reds already this campaign along with 46 yellows.

Blues won both times Breakspear was in charge of them last season, with the Surrey referee in the middle for wins over Fleetwood in the league and Crawley in the Emirates FA Cup.


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 0-1 Accrington

28 September 2019

Southend United fell to a 1-0 defeat to Accrington Stanley at Roots Hall thanks to an early second-half strike from Colby Bishop.

Neither side could create much in the way of clear cut chances early on, although Mark Oxley had to be at his best to tip over a Sam Finley deflected effort.

Seven minutes after the interval though, Bishop struck, getting on the end of a cut back from Jerome Opoku before firing low into the back of the net to give Accrington the lead.

The visitors had further chances to extend their advantage before Southend’s hopes faded after Nathan Ralph was shown a red card, picking up a second yellow for his foul on Sam Finley.

Defeat for Blues meant they are still without a win at home this season ahead of next weekend’s derby away at Gillingham.

Blues had been looking to build on last weekend’s first win of the season at MK Dons and caretaker boss Gary Waddock made just the one change to his starting line up against Accrington Stanley.

Stephen Humphrys came back into the side after missing last weekend through illness, but it was his strike partner Simon Cox who had the game’s first chance with a half-volley that just went wide.

Last weekend’s match-winner, Charlie Kelman, only lasted 20 minutes before being forced off through injury before Accrington had the best moment of the half with a deflected Sam Finley effort.

Sean McConville’s free-kick was headed out towards the midfielder whose effort took a wicked deflection, having to be tipped over the crossbar by birthday-boy Mark Oxley.

Having lost Kelman already, Blues were then dealt another blow right on half-time as Cox had to limp off with neither side able to muster a breakthrough before the interval.

Shortly after the break though the visitors managed to break the deadlock as Colby Bishop gave Accrington Stanley the lead seven minutes into the second-half.

Jerome Opoku got to the byline before cutting the ball back and into the path of Bishop who had the simple task of firing low into the net to put John Coleman’s side in front.  

Accrington now had something to hold onto as they looked for their second win of the season, and they should have doubled their lead shortly after the hour mark through Offrande Zanzala.

The Stanley sub was picked out by a superb right-wing cross from Callum Johnson but, six yards out, Zanzala inexplicably headed wide with his free header.

The visitors went close again with 20 minutes to go as Finley forced another fingertip save from the gloves of Oxley as Stanley pushed for a second which would all but wrap up the points.

And Southend’s chances of picking up a point all but evaporated when Nathan Ralph received a second yellow card for a foul on Finley, referee Charles Breakspear’s sixth red card of the season.   

Oxley pulled off a third superb fingertip save to prevent McConville from scoring a second for Stanley as the 10-men of Blues pushed forward for an unlikely equaliser.

But it wasn’t to be for Blues who’ve picked up just the one point at home so far this season, while Accrington recorded their first clean sheet since January and their second win of the campaign.

Blues XI: Oxley, Bwomono, Ralph, Milligan (C), Humphrys, Cox (Mantom 43’), McLaughlin, Kiernan, Hamilton (Hutchinson 82’), Kelman (Goodship 20’), Lennon. Subs Not Used: Bishop, Hyam, Shaughnessy, Demetriou

Accrington Stanley XI: Evtimov, Johnson, Hughes, Sykes, Clark, Finley, McConville, Bishop (Zanzala 60’), Conneely (C), Charles (Pritchard 84’), Opoku. Subs Not Used: Bursik, Edwards, Kaba Sherif, Alese, Diallo

Referee: Charles Breakspear

Assistants: Gregory Read & Aaron Farmer

Fourth Official: Marc Wilson


Southend United: None

Accrington Stanley: Colby Bishop 52’

Yellow Cards:

Southend United: Nathan Ralph 22’

Accrington Stanley: Callum Johnson 24’, Seamus Conneely 83’

Red Cards:

Southend United: Nathan Ralph 73’

Accrington Stanley: None

Attendance: 5,643 (135 Away Fans)

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Ticket News

Back Blues Against Stanley

25 September 2019

Blues are back at Roots Hall this weekend and with Waddock's side recently picking up their first win of the season it's going to be an entertaining encounter against Accrington Stanley.

Your support proved vital to us against MK Dons and we want that same passion behind the boys from the first whistle on Saturday.

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

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.

Hospitality for this game is also available and can be booked by emailing or calling 01702 304147/304136.

Want to take a look at what packages are on offer for the Accrington fixture? Click here to find out!


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