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20 October 2020

Salford City vs Southend United...


Southend United are on the road this evening as they make a trip to the North West and to the Peninsula Stadium to take on Salford City in League Two.

Both sides will be looking to bounce back after suffering defeats at the weekend in what will be the first-ever meeting between Southend and Salford.

And following the sacking of Graham Alexander last week, Paul Scholes will be in the dugout for the hosts with Blues travelling in the hope of getting one over on the Manchester United legend.


Blues are still yet to pick up a win this season after defeat by Cheltenham Town at the weekend extended Southend’s winless start to six matches.

Prior to that, Blues had put in positive displays in draws against Crawley Town and Exeter City having lost their opening three matches against Harrogate, Carlisle and Morecambe.

Salford too come into the game off the back of a defeat at the weekend, losing 1-0 to Port Vale, but they had been unbeaten in the league up to that point thanks to two wins and three draws.

Last Meeting

First-Ever Meeting.

From The Boss

"We always give the utmost respect to the teams that we’re playing.

"Salford are a very good side in this league, tipped to do very well.

"They’re well-run by some of the world’s best players in their time so they’re going to be well put together and a well-educated group.

"They started the season very well and they’re definitely going to be a tough challenge for us.

"We have to deal with their threats but also, off the back of Saturday, make sure we impact our game more because that was the disappointing thing from Saturday and that’s what we have to look to do, whether we’re at home or away.” 

Blues Team News

James Olayinka is available to make his Southend debut this evening after arriving on loan from Arsenal late on Friday, but having signed too late to be involved for the Cheltenham game.

The 20-year-old is likely to be the only new face in the travelling squad with boss Mark Molesley not reporting any fresh injury concerns over the weekend.

John White, Alan McCormack and Simeon Akinola though are all still unavailable for Molesley as they continue to regain their fitness following niggling injuries.

Lewis Gard is a long term absentee following his knee injury sustained in the EFL Trophy against Portsmouth.

Salford Dangerman

24-year-old striker James Wilson is one player that Southend players and fans alike should be keeping an eye out for this evening.

Wilson burst onto the scene at Manchester United where he scored twice on his debut at Old Trafford against Hull City and he made a similar impact when he arrived at Salford.

Joining in January from Aberdeen, Wilson scored twice on his debut against Plymouth and this season already has two goals to his name against Morecambe and Tranmere.

Ref Watch

Tonight will see Carl Boyeson take charge of proceedings, with Conor Brown and Lisa Rashid as his assistants and Gary Hilton as the fourth official.

Boyeson has officiated six games so far this season, issuing 21 yellow cards and no reds thus far, with his last match being Peterborough’s 2-0 win over Oxford on Saturday.

Last time Boyeson oversaw Blues was in a 4-0 defeat to Peterborough last season, with his last trip to Salford ending in a 1-0 win for the home side against Cambridge United last October.  

iFollow Blues

With fans still unable to attend matches in person, Blues fans can watch tonight’s clash with Salford 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 down at the Peninsula Stadium on iFollow Blues, click here.

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Match Reports


20 October 2020

Southend United’s disappointing run in the league continued as they were handed a 3-0 defeat against Salford City at the Peninsula Stadium.

In a scrappy first-half from both sides, it took a scrappy goal to break the deadlock as Harry Lennon was the unlucky man to turn in Ibou Touray’s free-kick into his own net midway through the opening 45 minutes.  

The visitors had two clear penalty shouts come and go as both Brandon Goodship and James Olayinka were brought down inside the box, but the referee was unmoved on both occasions, and Salford took advantage by scoring twice in the space of four second-half minutes.

James Wilson put daylight between the two sides when he scored on the turn after a bursting run by Touray before Ian Henderson headed in Ashley Hunter's cross to put The Ammies on course for a first win under Interim Head Coach, Paul Scholes.

Blues were unable to muster a response as they fell to a second successive defeat in the league as they remain without a win so far this season, with another long away trip to come this weekend against Tranmere Rovers.

Following the defeat to Cheltenham at the weekend, Blues boss Mark Molesley made two changes to his side with James Olayinka, a deadline day loan signing from Arsenal, coming in for his Southend debut alongside Terrell Egbri as they replaced Shaun Hobson and Emile Acquah.

The visitors were in search of their first win of the season but were dealt an early blow inside the opening 10 minutes at the Peninsula Stadium as Nathan Ralph took a nasty looking fall when trying to clear his lines and was forced to leave the field on a stretcher.

It meant Southend had the reshuffle their pack as Richard Taylor was sent into the fray and he and his fellow defenders were immediately called upon as a Salford free-kick got whipped into the box by Ibou Touray, bouncing around before being fired over by Brandon Thomas-Asante.

Blues though were undone by another set-piece from the Salford right as the home side took the lead in the 26th minute. Touray’s dangerous delivery into the box was bundled into the bottom corner off the unfortunate Harry Lennon.

Southend will have felt hard done by with the own goal and their frustration would only have increased as they were denied what looked like a clear penalty after Brandon Goodship was brought down inside the box by Touray after a delightful ball through by Jason Demetriou.

With neither side registering a shot on target in the first-half, there was a flurry of opportunities for both sides after the interval, starting with Kyle Taylor’s free-kick from the left that needed to be pushed away by Salford goalkeeper Vaclav Hladky.

Molesley’s side then had yet another huge penalty shout waved away by referee Carl Boyeson after Olayinka appeared to be shoved over inside the box, but despite the protestations from the Southend bench, the referee was unmoved once more.

Salford began to pepper the Southend defence with Thomas-Asante getting goalside only for a superb tackle from Lennon to thwart him before Mark Oxley twice was needed to keep out Thomas-Asante and Ashley Hunter with fingertip saves.

Oxley’s defences though were breached for a second time of the evening not long after when James Wilson grabbed his third goal in his last four appearances. A bursting run down the left from Touray allowed him to cross for Wilson who scored on the turn.

And the points were all but secured for the home side when they grabbed a third four minutes after Wilson’s effort. Southend were unable to get the ball clear following a corner before Hunter whipped a cross in from the right that was headed in by Ian Henderson.

Blues were unable to force a fightback as Salford saw out time and climbed back up into the early play-off places while Blues remain without a win from their opening seven games of the season ahead of a trip to Tranmere Rovers this Saturday.

Salford City XI: Hladky, Touray, Lowe, Eastham (C), Clarke, Hunter (Smith 90’), Turnbull, Threlkeld, Wilson (Armstrong 76’), Thomas-Asante (Andrade 76'), Henderson. Subs Not Used: Evans, Jones, Denny, Golden

Blues XI: Oxley, Bwomono, Ralph (R Taylor 9’), Olayinka, Dieng, Goodship (Nathaniel-George 67’), Egbri, Sterling, Demetriou (C), Lennon (Hobson 74’), K Taylor. Subs Not Used: Seaden, Clifford, Phillips, Acquah

Referee: Carl Boyeson

Assistants: Conor Brown & Lisa Rashid

Fourth Official: Gary Hilton


Salford City: Jordan Turnbull 26’, James Wilson 58’, Ian Henderson 62’

Southend United: None

Yellow Cards:

Salford City: Tom Clarke 50’, Brandon Thomas-Asante 72’

Southend United: James Olayinka 27’, Timothee Dieng 43’, Harry Lennon 45+1’, Richard Taylor 82’, Jason Demetriou 90+1'

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