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BIG PREVIEW: BRADFORD CITY VS SOUTHEND UNITED

3 November 2020

Bradford City vs Southend United...

Overview

Southend United will be looking to put a tough October behind them this evening as they start November with a trip to The Utilita Energy Stadium to take on Bradford City.

Blues will be travelling to somewhere that has been a happy hunting ground in recent visits with Southend’s last two appearances in West Yorkshire garnering six points and six goals.

Mark Molesley and his squad will be hoping that history can repeat itself once again against The Bantams as Southend look to get that elusive first league win of the season.

Form

Blues will be glad to see the back of October. Having started the month off positively with deserved draws against Crawley and Exeter, Southend have since lost the last five in a row.

Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at home to Port Vale followed up defeats against Oldham, Tranmere, Salford and Cheltenham which has left Blues bottom of the League Two table.

Bradford come into tonight also short of form having failed to score in any of their last three league games which has seen them lose to Newport, Bolton and Barrow.

Last Meeting

Saturday 19th January 2019
Bradford City 0-4 Southend United
Cox 2’, Mantom 26’, Humphrys 54’, 73’

Stephen Humphrys scored twice on his Southend debut as Blues romped to a 4-0 win against Bradford City the last time these two sides met in early 2019.

The Fulham-loanee scored twice in the second-half to add to Simon Cox and Sam Mantom’s goal of the season contenders from the first-half to secure Southend a huge three points.

From The Boss

“We need to be a little bit braver in both boxes and take a little bit more responsibility, and then have more confidence in those areas as well.

“To get that confidence you need that win. We’re going to be trying everything we can.

“We’re an honest group here, a hard working group here, and we’re always looking to improve. We have to stick with that attitude and believe in ourselves.

“We are getting better and sometimes the performances don’t always show the work that they [the players] are putting in.

 Blues Team News

Mark Molesley will decide at the last possible moment whether Bournemouth-loanee Kyle Taylor or winger Terrell Egbri will travel with the squad to Bradford this evening.

Both were forced off at the weekend against Port Vale with Taylor suffering with a tight hamstring, while Egbri went off with an ankle problem, as both now face a race to be fit this evening.

Simeon Akinola trained with the squad yesterday as he continues to ramp up his recovery, along with John White and Alan McCormack who are all pushing for a return.

Bradford Dangerman

With top scorer Lee Novak facing a late fitness test, it would be remiss of Blues to look beyond the experienced Clayton Donaldson as Bradford’s dangerman this evening.

The Jamaican striker has scored close to 150 league goals from spells with the likes of Brentford and Birmingham, so he knows how to find the back of the net.  

The 36-year-old has been leading the line for The Bantams in the last two games and has two goals to his name so far this season having scored against Wolves u21s and Mansfield Town.

Ref Watch

Tonight will see Marc Edwards taking charge at The Utilita Energy Stadium, being assisted by Stephen Wade and Alistair Nelson, while Sebastian Stockbridge sits in as the fourth official.

Edwards has clocked up seven games so far this season, issuing a total of 28 yellow cards and no reds to date, with his last outing being Blackpool’s 1-0 home win against MK Dons.

This campaign is only Edwards’ second in the Football League and tonight will be the first time that he has officiated a game involving either Southend or Bradford.

iFollow Blues

With fans still unable to attend matches in person, Blues fans can watch tonight’s clash with Bradford by picking up a Match Pass for iFollow Blues for £10.

Overseas supporters can pick up a pass for just £7 with the pass allowing you to catch the game on your laptop, computer, tablet or mobile device. 

For more information on how you can get your Match Pass and ensure you miss none of the action up in West Yorkshire on iFollow Blues, click here

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: BRADFORD 3-0 SOUTHEND

3 November 2020

Southend suffered their sixth defeat in a row following a difficult first-half at The Utilita Energy Stadium where Mark Molesley’s men conceded three first-half goals in a 3-0 defeat against Bradford City.

It was the hosts who took the lead early on, as a cross from the left-wing by Elliot Watt was cut the back to Callum Cooke near the edge of the penalty area. Cooke then spun James Olayinka and struck the ball low and hard towards the bottom left-hand corner, which left Mark Oxley with no chance in the Blues goal.

Following the early goal, the hosts looked to try and press home their advantage with an in-swinging free-kick from the right-hand side from Billy Clark around the 20-minute mark saw Harry Pritchard flick a header towards Oxley’s bottom right corner, but Blues shot-stopper dived low to his right and held onto the ball.

In the 27th minute Blues came within an inch from equalising as Olayinka picked up the ball just inside his own half, spun his marker, before tearing right through the heart of the Bradford City defence, but unfortunately for Blues, the Arsenal loanee slid the ball just wide of the right-hand post, otherwise it would’ve been a goal of the season contender.

Blues seemed to grow in confidence from the missed chance, as Elvis Bwomono made a run down the right-wing before feeding the ball to Olayinka, whose effort from the edge of the area stung the palms of Richard O’Donnell in the Bradford goal.

When pushing forward for the equaliser, Southend were caught out on the counter-attack as a long ball to Clayton Donaldson saw the veteran striker control the ball well, before sliding a low pass across the edge of the area to Elliot Watt who was in acres of space to drill the ball low towards Oxley’s bottom right-hand corner and into the goal to double the hosts' advantage. 

Just before half-time, Blues were undone by a set-piece from the right-wing, as Clarke, who was a danger man for City, crossed the ball into Pritchard who directed his header powerfully down the centre of the goal to make it 3-0 to Bradford.

As the first-half closed, in stoppage time, United nearly pulled a goal back as a corner from the right saw Shaun Hobson meet the ball with a header, but agonizingly for Blues it shaved the left-hand post and went out for a goal kick.

Southend looked to try and make amends for their first-half display at the start of the second half and had long spells of possession, but it took until the 63rd minute to have an effort that troubled Bantams goalkeeper O’Donnell as Timothy Dieng struck a powerful long-range half volley from 30-yards-out which forced a good save to the goalkeeper’s left-hand side.

Former Bantams man Dieng went close again with 25 minutes to go as Tom Clifford whipped in a corner from the left, finding Brandon Goodship who headed the ball back across goal to the Frenchmen who headed the ball just over the crossbar with the goal at his mercy.

The game petered out as Blues had much of the possession, but struggled to break through a resilient Bradford City defence with many of Southend’s efforts coming from outside the penalty area.

Mark Molesley's side will be looking to end their losing streak by bouncing back on Saturday in the Emirates FA Cup as they face Boreham Wood at Meadow Park in the First Round.

Bradford City Line-up: Richard O’Donnell (C), Bryce Hosannah, Paudie O’Connor, Anthony O’Connor, Harry Pritchard, Callum Cooke, Clayton Donaldson (Dylan Mottley-Henry, 77’), Billy Clarke, Elliot Watt (Finn Cousin-Dawson, 90’), Reece Staunton, Connor Wood.

Subs Not Used: Sam Hornby, Jackson Longridge, Austin Samuels, Tyler French, Kian Scales.

Southend United Line-up: Mark Oxley, Elvis Bwomono, Shaun Hobson, Harry Lennon, Timothee Dieng, Tom Clifford, Jason Demetriou (C), James Olayinka, Ashley Nathaniel-George (Matt Rush, 84’), Brandon Goodship (Terrell Egbri, 84’), Emile Acquah (Kaziah Sterling, 90’).

Subs Not Used: Harry Seaden, Harry Phillips.

Referee: Marc Edwards
Assistants: Stephen Wade, Alistair Nelson
Fourth Official: David Richardson

Scorers:

Bradford City: Callum Cooke 5', Elliot Watt 33', Harry Pritchard 43'

Southend United: None

Yellow Cards:

Bradford City: Clayton Donaldson 77', Harry Pritchard 80'

Southend United: Jason Demetriou 43', Emile Acquah 54', Timothee Dieng 90'

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