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BIG PREVIEW: SOUTHEND VS GRIMSBY

15 December 2020

Southend United vs Grimsby Town - 7:45pm kick-off

Overview

Southend United will be looking to build on last weekend’s win against Scunthorpe when they welcome The Iron’s near neighbours Grimsby Town to Roots Hall this evening.

It’ll be the first meeting in a decade and a half between the two clubs and it’s another hugely important clash for Mark Molesley’s team if they want to continue to close the gap to safety.

And with Blues fans in attendance for what will, unfortunately, be the final time in 2020, Molesley will be looking to send the 2,000 Southend fans home happy with another three points.

Form

Saturday’s 1-0 win against Scunthorpe on Saturday was Blues’ first home win of the campaign and also their second clean sheet in a row following a 0-0 draw at Stevenage the weekend prior.

The win against the Iron ended Southend’s winless run of three games, with Blues currently 16th in the League Two form table thanks to two wins and a draw from their last five outings.

Grimsby ended a three-game losing run with a draw against Mansfield at the weekend, with an away win at Crawley towards the end of November their only victory in their last six.

Last Meeting

Saturday 7th May 2005

Grimsby Town 1-1 Southend United

Reddy 57’; Eastwood 70’

Blues’ last meeting with Grimsby came 15 years ago when a 1-1 draw against The Mariners cost Southend automatic promotion from League Two in May 2005.

Michael Reddy scored a spectacular volley to put the hosts in front. Freddy Eastwood nodded in the leveller but Blues were unable to grab a winner as they went into the play-offs. 

From The Boss

"It felt like real football on Saturday. I was the first to say it's soulless without fans and if anything this period has taught, football is a game for the fans and it's nothing without them.

"Delighted to have them and hopefully we can give them something to cheer about.

"Grimsby have a vastly experienced manager, a manager who plays attractive football and whose teams are always full of energy and heart.

"This league is very difficult and most of the games they've played they have been very competitive in. They have threats and it's going to be another tough challenge but after Saturday I'm sure the players can't wait to get back out there."

Blues Team News

Midfielder Ashley Nathaniel-George and on-loan striker Kazaiah Sterling are both fit and in contention for tonight’s clash with Grimsby.

Nathaniel-George had trained for most of last week but wasn’t quite fit enough to make the bench on Saturday, while Sterling has also returned to training after a slight groin injury.

John White remains unavailable with a hamstring problem, with Molesley waiting to see how Simeon Akinola and Sam Hart shape up following their first minutes of the season on Saturday.

Grimsby Dangerman

Versatile full-back Luke Hendrie is one to look out for this evening with the 26-year-old proving to be a key player for the Mariners this season.

Hendrie is happy playing on either the right or left of the backline and has shown a keen eye for goal with two goals in his last three outings against Colchester and Exeter.

The former Burnley defender was suspended for the weekend’s trip to Mansfield so he will be fresh and raring to go this evening.

Ref Watch

Tonight will see Sam Allison in charge of Blues, being assisted by Aaron Farmer and Gregory Read, with Lloyd Wood standing in the technical area as the fourth official.

Allison’s last outing was 10 days ago when he oversaw a 2-0 away win for Lincoln at Rochdale in League One, his 14th game of the season, and so far Allison has shown 39 yellow cards and no reds.

This evening will be Allison’s first visit to Roots Hall and first Southend game, although he has already taken charge of Grimsby once already this campaign in a 0-0 draw at Stevenage.

Tickets

Tonight’s allocation of 2,000 tickets have SOLD OUT.   

iFollow Blues

Although 2,000 fans will be in attendance tonight, those who are unable to attend will still be able to catch all of the action at Roots Hall by picking up a Match Pass for iFollow Blues.

Those season-ticket holders who cannot attend will already have access to their Match Pass as part of their iFollow account, while all other supporters can grab a pass for £10. 

A Match Pass will allow you to watch the game on your laptop, computer, tablet or mobile device and you can purchase your Match Pass for tonight by clicking here.

Important Matchday Code of Conduct and Guide

Please see below links to the Supporter ‘COVID’ Code of Conduct along with the Southend United Return of Fans Stadium Guide, which outlines the changes being made to ensure that supporters return in a safe manner.  

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you again this evening.

Southend United Return of Fans Stadium Guide

Supporter ‘COVID’ Code of Conduct

Matchday Programme

Timothee Dieng is the cover star for tonight's game and there's also a quirky competition with three copies of Football Manager 21 up for grabs! All you have to do is correctly 'Guess Who' the players that have been drawn by a fellow teammate. There's seven drawings, seven players to work out and then email media@southend-united.co.uk with your answers!

There's another 'Supporter Spotlight' with Paul Napper the subject as he shares his memories and stories of following the club down the years.

Pick up a Roots Review, which is available in the club shop, for £3.

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: SOUTHEND 3-1 GRIMSBY

15 December 2020

Blues made it back-to-back victories at Roots Hall as goals from Kyle Taylor, Tom Clifford and new signing Greg Halford earned Southend a 3-1 win against Grimsby Town.

Mark Molesley’s side made the perfect start by taking the lead after just 24 seconds when Taylor fired the ball home from the edge of the area, but Grimsby responded well and hit the woodwork twice before equalising in first-half stoppage time through Ira Jackson Jr.

The Blues boss made a couple of changes at the break and it proved to pay dividends as Southend looked more of an attacking threat, although Molesley arguably wouldn’t have expected Clifford to stroke home Blues’ second of the evening to restore their lead.

Halford then grabbed Southend’s third with his header squeezing through the legs of Grimsby’s goalkeeper Sam Russell as Blues closed the gap to safety to just one point following successive league victories.

Late into injury-time, Grimsby saw their captain Luke Waterfall receive his marching orders for a second yellow card for a foul on Clifford, having been booked earlier in the half for foul on Halford, to compound a miserable evening for The Mariners.

With Blues on the lookout for their first back-to-back wins since October 2018, Mark Molesley made just the two changes to the side that beat Scunthorpe on Saturday with Kazaiah Sterling starting up-front in place of Simeon Akinola while Kyle Taylor replaced Alan McCormack in midfield.

Bringing in the on-loan Bournemouth man looked to be an inspired move as Taylor rifled Blues in front after just 24 seconds with a superb strike. Elvis Bwomono’s cross from the right came out to Taylor who teed the ball up before finding the bottom corner as Southend made the perfect start.

Ian Holloway’s side though responded well to that early setback and continued to push Southend further and further back as the half wore on, and the visitors went close to equalising on the quarter-hour mark when Ira Jackson Jr hit the foot of the post after a cutback from Owura Edwards.

Grimsby then hit the woodwork for a second time as Southend clung onto their advantage when Owen Windsor hit the crossbar for The Mariners. Felipe Morais’ in-swinging free-kick was met by Windsor whose looping header beat Mark Oxley but not the woodwork.

Southend needed the half-time whistle to come as Grimsby continued to pile on the pressure but they got their equaliser right on the stroke of half-time when Jackson Jr bundled the ball home in the fourth minute of stoppage time after Harry Clifton’s initial shot was saved by Oxley.

Molesley made a double switch at the interval with Sterling and Emile Acquah being replaced by Akinola and Terrell Egbri as Southend looked to turn the tide. And turn the tide they did as Blues would retake the lead before the hour mark through Tom Clifford.   

The full-back finished off a smart corner-kick routine, straight from the Blues training ground, as Jason Demetriou cut the ball back to the edge of the area allowing Clifford to run onto the ball and stroke it home with his left-foot to restore Southend’s lead.

Blues had looked much the better team after the restart and were deserving of their lead, and they would put daylight between themselves and Grimsby with 15 minutes remaining as Greg Halford extended Southend’s lead in fortuitous fashion.

Halford’s signing had only been announced a little over an hour before kick-off but he made an immediate impact as he rose highest to head Clifford’s cross on target with the ball squirming through the legs of Sam Russell and across the line for Southend’s third of the evening.

Now with a cushion, Southend comfortably held off the advances of their opponents who would end the evening with 10-men as their captain Luke Waterfall was sent off for a second yellow card for a foul on Clifford.

The 2,000 Blues fans in attendance rose to their feet as the final whistle blew to cheer their side across the finish line, with the three points closing the gap to safety to just one point ahead of a trip to Mansfield on Saturday.

Blues XI: Oxley, Bwomono, Hobson, Olayinka (Klass 88’), Dieng, Clifford, Sterling (Egbri 46’), Acquah (Akinola 46’), Demetriou (C), K Taylor (McCormack 64’), Hart (Halford 64’). Subs Not Used: Seaden, Nathaniel-George

Grimsby Town XI: Russell, Hendrie, Preston, Rose (Morais 23’), Waterfall (C), Windsor (Gibson 65’), Clifton (Tilley 65’), Jackson Jr (Touray Sisay 79’), Edwards (Bennett 79’), Hewitt, Pollock. Subs Not Used: McKeown, Taylor

Referee: Sam Allison

Assistants: Aaron Farmer & Gregory Read

Fourth Official: Lloyd Wood

Scorers:

Southend United: Kyle Taylor 1’, Tom Clifford 57’, Greg Halford 75’

Grimsby Town: Ira Jackson Jr 45+4’

Yellow Cards:

Southend United: Terrell Egbri 89’

Grimsby Town: Elliott Hewitt 68’, Luke Waterfall 73’

Red Cards:

Southend United: None

Grimsby Town: Luke Waterfall 90+4’

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