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Big Preview: Southend United vs Fleetwood Town

13 September 2019

Southend United vs Fleetwood Town...

Overview

Southend return to league action to take on Joey Barton’s Fleetwood Town at Roots Hall tomorrow afternoon hoping for an upturn in fortunes following the departure of Kevin Bond.

After suffering an eighth defeat in nine matches, Bond resigned last week, leaving assistant Gary Waddock in temporary charge as Fleetwood make their way down south from Lancashire.

And after last weekend’s game with Portsmouth was postponed, Blues should be fully recharged and fully prepared to try and pick up their first points of the campaign.

Form

Blues’ league troubles showed no sign of abating last time out as Rochdale inflicted a sixth successive league defeat which ultimately spelt the end for boss Kevin Bond.

Southend’s only win so far this season has come in the Carabao Cup away at Stevenage with Blues’ scorecard currently reading played nine, lost eight in all competitions.

Fleetwood currently find themselves fourth in the League One table thanks to four wins, one draw and two defeats, with their last outing seeing them beat Oxford United 2-1 at home.   

Last Meeting

Saturday 6th April 2019

Fleetwood Town 2-2 Southend United

Evans 59’, (p)84’; Bunn 21’, Hyam 80’

Blues earned a vital point on the road at Fleetwood but it could have been better for the visitors who were denied a win by Ched Evans’ 84th-minute penalty.

Southend opened the scoring through Harry Bunn before Evans equalised just before the hour mark. Luke Hyam’s first goal for the club looked to have won it only for Evans to level again from the spot.

Blues Team News

Club captain Mark Milligan is touch and go for Saturday after the Australian returned early from international duty with a slight hamstring problem.

Another likely to miss out is John White whose ankle injury, which forced him off against Rochdale, isn’t as bad as first feared but Saturday will come too soon for the defender.

Nathan Ralph, Timothee Dieng and Stephen McLaughlin have all returned to training and will be pushing to be involved come tomorrow afternoon.

Fleetwood Dangerman

Paddy Madden is in blistering form already this season, scoring in six of Fleetwood’s eight matches played so far this campaign to be the club’s leading scorer.

If that wasn’t enough already to make him the dangerman tomorrow afternoon, the Irishman also has a pretty impressive scoring record against Blues in recent years.  

In the last four seasons, during his time with Fleetwood and his previous club Scunthorpe, Madden has come up against Southend seven times and has scored five goals.

Ref Watch

John Busby will be the man to take charge tomorrow afternoon and he’s assisted Carl Fitch-Jackson and Louis Mark, with Ryan Atkin the fourth official.

Busby refereed three Southend matches last season, overseeing two wins and a draw for Blues, with his last visit to Roots Hall coming when Southend faced Southampton u23s in the EFL Trophy.

So far this campaign, Busby has taken charge of eight matches across League One, Two and cup competitions, issuing 27 yellow cards and two reds.

Tickets

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 3-3 Fleetwood

14 September 2019

Southend United are off the mark for the season after Stephen Humphrys’ late strike secured Blues a 3-3 draw at home to Fleetwood Town.

Blues had gotten off to an ideal start when Stephen McLaughlin’s return to the side was marked by the Irishman curling in a free-kick just after the quarter-hour mark.

The visitors though would go into the break 2-1 to the good after Jimmy Dunne nodded in from close range before John Morris tapped in the rebound following a Danny Andrew shot.

Southend reacted well after the restart, equalising through another free-kick, this time from Stephen Humphrys’ who low effort beat the dive of Matt Gilks.

But Fleetwood would go back in front shortly after when Lewie Doyle’s cross was met by the head of Kyle Dempsey’s whose bullet header which looked like being the winner.

That was until Humphrys popped up to grab his second of the game, beating Gilks from a tight angle to win Southend their first point and end a run of six straight league defeats.

Gary Waddock was in caretaker charge of Blues for the visit of Fleetwood following the departure of Kevin Bond last week and he saw his side get off to the perfect start after a quarter of an hour.

A somewhat needless foul by former Southend defender Peter Clarke on Stephen Humphrys gave the home side the opportunity to score from a free-kick 20-yards from goal.

Humphrys, Issac Hutchinson and Stephen McLaughlin stood over the set-piece, with McLaughlin curling a delightful effort round the wall and into the bottom corner to give Southend the lead.

McLaughlin’s effort was the first goal scored by a Southend player at Roots Hall this season and he went close to grabbing a second, firing over from close range after a Hutchinson effort was saved.

Blues had dominated early on and should have grabbed a second of the game when Hutchinson and Humphrys linked up well before the latter’s strike was saved well by the feet of Matt Gilks.  

The visitors though would may Southend pay for their missed opportunities and would turn things around by scoring twice before the break to go into the half-time interval with a lead.

Joey Barton’s side equalised after Blues failed to deal with a corner into the box and with the ball bouncing in the area, loanee Jimmy Dunne nodded in from close range to level.

And right on half-time the Cod Army would go in front when Danny Andrew’s shot through a crowd of players was parried by Mark Oxley, leaving Josh Morris to mop up and score the rebound.

Having gone into the break behind, Waddock got the perfect reaction from his players who levelled shortly after the restart with another free-kick for Blues resulting in a goal.

From marginally further out than McLaughlin’s first-half effort, Sam Mantom dummied before Humphrys stepped up and ripped a low strike passed the diving Gilks to restore parity.  

Blues would have wanted to kick on from that equaliser but Fleetwood would retake the lead just four minutes after Humphrys had levelled.  

Defender Lewie Coyle, under pressure, done brilliantly well to dig out a cross from the right with his cross being met by a bullet header from Kyle Dempsey to put Barton’s side back in front.

In such a topsy-turvy contest, the visitors had a great chance to put daylight between the two sides when Morris got goal side but was unable to find the target with his strike.

Harrison Biggins, who’d only just come on, then had a great chance of his own go begging when his curled effort was deflected over the crossbar by Harry Lennon.

If Southend were to pick up their first point of the campaign they needed to find an equaliser and, as had been the case all game, set-pieces looked like their most likely route.

Blues won a free-kick over the far left which was swung into the box by McLaughlin. Rob Kiernan met the delivery with a powerful header but could only direct his effort wide.

With Southend pushing for an equaliser the game became stretched and Fleetwood hit the post when Dunne found space on the left, beating the ‘keeper but not beating the woodwork.

And like Fleetwood had made Blues pay for missing their chances in the first half, Southend would capitalise on Fleetwood’s missed opportunities in the second-half by grabbing a deserved equaliser.

Humphrys barged his way down the right before shooting from a narrow-angle. His strike came off the goalkeeper and into the back of the net to win Southend their first point of the season.

Blues XI: Oxley, Bwomono, Humphrys, Cox, McLaughlin (Ndukwu 79’), Kiernan, Mantom (C), Lennon, Hutchinson (Goodship 58’), Blackman (Demetriou 69’). Subs Not Used: Bishop, Hyam, Dieng, Shaughnessy

Fleetwood Town XI: Gilks, Coyle, Andrew, Clarke, Burns, Dempsey, Morris (Souttar 80’), Dunne, Coutts (C), Rossiter (Biggins 60’), Madden (Evans 69’). Subs Not Used: Cairns, Hunter, Sheron, Saunders

Referee: John Busby

Assistants: Carl Fitch-Jackson & Louis Marks

Fourth Official: Ryan Atkin

Scorers:

Southend United: Stephen McLaughlin 17’, Stephen Humphrys 48’, 87’

Fleetwood Town: Jimmy Dunne 34’, Josh Morris 45+1’, Kyle Dempsey 52’

Yellow Cards:

Southend United: Rob Kiernan 32’

Fleetwood Town: Peter Clarke 17’, Paul Coutts 78’, Wes Burns 78’

Attendance: 5,236 (83 Away Fans)

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Ticket News

Get Your Tickets For Fleetwood!

11 September 2019

Blues return to action this Saturday as they take on Fleetwood Town at Roots Hall.

The side will be fresh and ready for action after having a break in the season last weekend, and the squad will be looking to pick up the first points on the board and get the campaign underway.

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 commercial@southend-united.co.uk or calling 01702 304147/304136.

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

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