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BIG PREVIEW: SOUTHEND VS MANSFIELD

22 January 2021

Southend United vs Mansfield Town...

Overview

Blues are back at Roots Hall once again as they entertain Mansfield Town tomorrow afternoon in the second of three successive home games for Mark Molesley’s side.

After defeat in midweek, Southend will be hoping to bounce back against a resurgent Stags side who have started to show some form under boss Nigel Clough.

And with Blues knowing that a win on Saturday could see them climb out of the League Two relegation zone, it’s an opportunity that Southend can ill afford to miss.

Form

Blues were unfortunate to see their four-game unbeaten run at home come to an end in midweek as Cambridge came from behind to beat Southend 2-1 and go top of the table.

Despite that defeat to the U’s, Mark Molesley’s side have been in good form as of late and have picked up two wins and two draws from their last six outings.

Mansfield come into the weekend unbeaten in five matches and have won all of their last four thanks to victories against Scunthorpe, Port Vale, Salford and Oldham.

Last Meeting

Saturday 19th December 2020

Mansfield Town 1-1 Southend United

Bowery 79’; Olayinka 27’

The league’s draw specialists were at it again as Mansfield scored late on to grab a point against Southend in the two side’s last meeting just before Christmas.

James Olayinka scored a superb opener midway through the first-half, but after a prolonged spell of Mansfield pressure in the second-half, Jordan Bowery equalised to ensure the points were shared.

From The Boss

They’ve [Mansfield] got a vastly experienced squad, some very good players, and the new management have really turned the club's fortunes around. 

It just shows you that if you can get a good run going you can get yourself clear, so we need to try and replicate what they’ve done. 

It’s going to be another tough game against an in-form team with plenty of threats to worry about, but we’ve shown that we’re up for the battle and challenge. 

“We’ve got to show a quick reaction from the Cambridge game, we did just that after losing to Leyton Orient. 

“There were plenty of positives from Tuesday’s game and of course things we need to improve on, but there were good things for us to build on and we can take a lot of confidence from that going into Saturday.”

Blues Team News

James Olayinka, whose loan from Arsenal is due to expire at the end of this month, looks to have played his final game for Blues after the midfielder picked up an ankle ligament injury at Grimsby.

Fellow midfielder Terrell Egbri has missed Blues’ last three games with a hamstring problem which is expected to keep him out of the side for a few more weeks yet.

Brandon Goodship, however, is back in training following a rib injury, but he isn’t expected to feature against Mansfield as he builds his fitness after some time out of the squad.

Mansfield Dangerman

Striker Jordan Bowery looks set to be one of Mansfield’s biggest threats at the weekend with the 29-year-old finding himself in a rich vein of scoring form since his last clash with Blues.

After scoring the goal which cost Southend all three points in Nottinghamshire before Christmas, the former Aston Villa man went on to score in his next three matches.

That scoring run included a hat-trick in a 4-0 thumping of Port Vale, with the Stags frontman being the driving force behind the club’s recent good run of form.

Ref Watch

Tomorrow’s meeting with Mansfield will be officiated by Benjamin Speedie, with Andy Bennett and Joseph Stokes the assistants and Louis Marks the fourth official.

Speedie has so far taken charge of 18 games across Leagues One and Two, and in cup competitions, showing a total of 50 yellow cards and three reds.

This will be Speedie’s first visit to Roots Hall and first Blues game having officiated in the National League last season, though he has taken charge of Mansfield once already this campaign.  

iFollow Blues

With fans not able to attend Roots Hall in person, Blues supporters can watch tomorrow’s clash with Mansfield by picking up a Match Pass on iFollow Blues for £10.

A Match Pass will allow you to watch the game on your laptop, computer, tablet or mobile device with Season Ticket holders already having access to their pass via their iFollow account.

For more information on how you can get your Match Pass and ensure you miss none of the action at Roots Hall on iFollow Blues, click here.  

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: SOUTHEND 0-1 MANSFIELD

23 January 2021

Blues fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat against Mansfield Town at Roots Hall as Jamie Reid’s solitary goal was enough to seal a win for the visitors with Southend ending the game with 10 men.

After a goalless first-half where Mansfield had a Reid effort cleared off the line by Timothee Dieng, those two would be involved in the second-half’s two biggest talking points as Reid tapped the Stags in front after Mark Oxley parried Jordan Bowery’s shot into the path of Reid.

Dieng would then receive a red card, after being booked earlier in the half for a late challenge, the Southend midfielder was given a second yellow for an altercation with Harry Charsley as Blues suffered a second straight defeat at home.

Following the midweek defeat to Cambridge, this afternoon was another opportunity for Blues to climb out of the relegation zone if they could pick up a win against a Mansfield side that had found form in recent weeks, unbeaten in their last five including four successive wins.

Mark Molesley made two changes from Tuesday with Reeco Hackett-Fairchild and Kyle Taylor coming into the starting line-up, and the latter had the game’s first effort on goal as he picked the ball up in midfield before curling his shot harmlessly wide of Aidan Stone’s goal.

Southend had another half-chance come and go when Alan McCormack dragged a shot wide from a corner before Blues’ best chance of the half came when Hackett-Fairchild broke down the left, playing the ball across goal for Simeon Akinola whose low shot was saved by Stone.

Blues though began to live dangerously at the back as the half wore on and were it not for Timothee Dieng the Stags would have gone in front as Jamie Reid struck after a goalmouth scramble only to see Dieng clear off the goal line.  

Mansfield kept pushing and created another great chance as Reid and George Lapslie linked up well allowing the Charlton loanee to go clean through, but Mark Oxley read the danger superbly, coming quickly off his line to clear with a sliding challenge.

Early in the second-half, Southend went close to breaking the deadlock when Akinola found some space on the left to dig out a good cross into the box. The ball in found the head of Dieng but the Frenchman couldn’t direct his header on target.

The visitors would go on to punish Blues for that missed chance as they scored after the hour mark when Reid put Mansfield in front. Neat work from Jordan Bowery on the left allowed him to get his shot away only for Oxley to parry it to the grateful Reid who scored from close range.

Southend needed a response and felt they had a big claim for a penalty when Dieng appeared to be poleaxed in the box by Stags captain Ryan Sweeney, but referee Speedie wasn’t interested in Blues’ forlorn appeals.

And Southend’s task of grabbing a vital equaliser was dealt a huge blow when Molesley’s side were reduced to 10 men. Dieng, who’d been booked early after the restart, had a coming together with Harry Charsley which was enough for the ref to show him a second yellow card.

Blues though still had one last chance in them to grab an unlikely point when Akinola was picked out at the far post by a cross from Hackett-Fairchild, but the striker’s header lacked the power needed to beat Stone as Southend fell to a second straight defeat.

Blues XI: Oxley, Bwomono (Clifford 46’), McCormack (Nathaniel-George 59’), Hobson (Acquah 73’), Dieng, Akinola, Hackett-Fairchild, Halford, K Taylor, Hart, White (C). Subs Not Used: Seaden, Howard, R Taylor, Stewart

Mansfield Town XI: Stone, Sweeney (C), Rawson, Charsley, Bowery, Maris, Gordon, Quinn (Cook 77’), Reid, McLaughlin (Benning 90+2'), Lapslie. Subs Not Used: Stech, O’Keeffe, Perch, Maynard, Law

Referee: Benjamin Speedie

Assistants: Andy Bennett & Joseph Stokes

Fourth Official: Louis Marks

Scorers:

Southend United: None

Mansfield Town: Jamie Reid 64’

Yellow Cards:

Southend United: Timothee Dieng 54’, Sam Hart 78’

Mansfield Town: Stephen Quinn 71’

Red Cards:

Southend United: Timothee Dieng 84’

Mansfield Town: None

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