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BIG PREVIEW: SOUTHEND VS PORT VALE

30 October 2020

Southend United vs Port Vale...

Overview

Southend United’s eighth and final game of a jam-packed October sees them entertain Port Vale at Roots Hall tomorrow afternoon.

The Valiants will have a couple of familiar faces who’ll be looking to haunt their old employers with former players David Worrall and Theo Robinson set to face their former club.

And Mark Molesley and his side will hope that they can end a hectic month on a positive note with a first win of the season on Halloween.

Form

Blues are without a win so far this campaign and come into the weekend off the back of a fourth successive defeat in midweek to Oldham Athletic.

The 2-1 defeat to The Latics had been preceded by reversals against Tranmere, Salford and Cheltenham with Southend picking up two points from their last six games.

Port Vale are currently two points off the automatic promotion places thanks to a run of three wins in their last four, with The Valiants defeating Cheltenham 2-1 last time out.

Last Meeting

Saturday 4th March 2017
Southend United 1-1 Port Vale
Wordsworth 83’; Eagles 78’

The points were shared between the two sides the last time Southend and Port Vale met in 2017 with Anthony Wordsworth quickly cancelling out Chris Eagles’ strike.

Port Vale looked set for their first win of 2017 when Eagles headed in with 12 minutes remaining, but Wordsworth equalised from close range after getting on the end of a Ben Coker cross. 

From The Boss

"We have to prepare the best we can in the time allocated.

"We can't go too heavy with the boys after having so many games and a lot of travelling.

"We’ll give them the respect they deserve and make sure we prepare the best we possibly can for them.

"We’re looking for consistency in a few areas at the moment but we’re also looking for improvements so we take each game on its merits and select the best team for that particular game."

Blues Team News

Elvis Bwomono is in line to make his 100th Southend United appearance on Saturday, making him the sixth youngest Blues player ever to achieve that feat.

Southend though will be without Bwomono’s fellow full-back Nathan Ralph who is out for the season after picking up a knee ligament injury in the defeat to Salford City.

Lewis Gard is the other long-term absentee for Blues, also with a serious knee injury, while John White, Simeon Akinola and Alan McCormack are edging closer to a return to the side.  

Port Vale Dangerman

We’ve already mentioned him, but midfielder and former Southend man David Worrall is certainly one to watch tomorrow afternoon at Roots Hall.

Worrall grabbed his first goal of the season for Vale in midweek, scoring the winner in their 2-1 win against Cheltenham Town on Tuesday night.

The 30-year-old was Port Vale’s Player of the Year last season and is one of just two men to have started all nine of The Valiant’s league games so far, showing his importance to the side.

Ref Watch

Tomorrow will see Tom Nield in the middle for the visit of Port Vale, with Nield being assisted by Darren Blunden and Alasdair Ross, while Stuart Butler will sit in as the fourth official.

Nield last officiated Blues in a home defeat to Oxford in November 2019 and last took charge of Port Vale in April of the same year in an away defeat for Vale against Exeter City.

This season, Nield has issued 25 yellow cards and no reds from his eight games he’s taken charge of, with his last outing coming last weekend in Peterborough’s away win at Hull City.  

iFollow Blues

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

The Match Pass allows you to catch the game on your laptop, computer, tablet or mobile device and Season Card holders will now have a different way of accessing the game.

Non-Season card holders can purchase their pass to the game by clicking here. And for more information on how to access iFollow Blues, click here.

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: SOUTHEND 0-2 PORT VALE

31 October 2020

Tom Pope’s second-half double ensured Southend’s wait for a league win goes on as Blues fell to a 2-0 defeat to Port Vale at Roots Hall.

Southend were indebted to goalkeeper Mark Oxley for keeping The Valiants out until the second-half, with the Blues stopper twice preventing former Blue David Worrall with reaction saves before saving a header from Pope in the closing seconds of the first-half.

But Oxley was unable to stop the Vale striker from breaking the deadlock shortly after the restart when Worrall teed up the striker with a cross to the far post which was headed in from a tight angle by The Valiants’ number nine.

Pope would then double the visitors’ advantage by heading in a cross from the right, this time from David Amoo, with his arching header giving Oxley no chance and securing Port Vale a second straight win and a third in their last four matches.

Meanwhile, Southend’s wait for a first league win continues into November with Pope’s brace condemning Blues to a fifth straight defeat in League Two, leaving them bottom of the table with two points from their opening 10 games of the season.     

For the final game of eight in a packed October schedule, Mark Molesley had made three changes to his Blues side that had been beaten by Oldham in midweek with Shaun Hobson, Brandon Goodship and Kazaiah Sterling coming into the starting line-up for Southend.   

The afternoon was also a landmark occasion for Southend’s right-back Elvis Bwomono, who at the age of 21 was making his 100th appearance for Blues, making him the sixth youngest in the club’s history to achieve that feat.

Bwomono will have wanted to celebrate his achievement with three points, but it was a former Southend United man that almost put the visitors in front inside a minute when David Amoo’s cross was nodded down towards goal by David Worrall only for Mark Oxley to make a brilliant save.

Oxley showed fantastic reactions to keep the ball out and he was needed again on the quarter-hour mark when Amoo again got a low cross into the box. The ball ran through to Tom Conlon who hit the post with his strike before Oxley saved Worrall’s follow-up with his legs to keep it level.

Southend were having plenty of the ball but were finding it difficult to create chances as Port Vale continued to apply the pressure with Scott Burgess having an effort deflect just wide before Nathan Smith had the ball in the back of the net only for it to be chalked off for offside.

And before the interval The Valiant’s had another chance to go in front when Mitch Clark clipped a ball into the box, finding the head of Tom Pope whose powerful header on goal was only matched by another top drawer save from Oxley, springing across to his right to parry it away.

Oxley’s defences though would be breached by Pope just three minutes after the restart as Port Vale found the breakthrough. A loose ball out from Oxley was picked up by Worrall who flighted a ball towards the back post, leaving Pope to head in from a tight angle and put Vale 1-0 up.

The goal was Pope’s first goal of the season and it was quickly followed up by a second in similar circumstances to the first. This time, a cross from the right from Amoo found the head of Pope who arched his header beyond the despairing dive of Oxley to double Port Vale’s advantage.

Southend were unable to respond to Pope’s double and the striker was desperately unlucky not to grab a hat-trick with 10 minutes of the game remaining as a left-wing cross was nodded down to Pope whose shot deflected onto the underside of the crossbar before being cleared.

Vale goalkeeper Scott Brown was untested as the visitors saw out time, securing them a third win in their last four while Blues’ wait for a league win goes onto next week when they travel to The Utilita Energy Stadium to take on Bradford City on Tuesday.

Blues XI: Oxley (C), Bwomono, Hobson, Olayinka, Dieng, Goodship (Acquah 72’), Egbri (Demetriou 68’), Clifford, Sterling, Lennon, K Taylor (Nathaniel-George 65’). Subs Not Used: Seaden, Phillips, R Taylor, K Coker

Port Vale XI: Brown, Crookes, Joyce, Legge (C), Smith, Worrall, Pope, Conlon, Clark, Amoo (Mills 82’), Burgess. Subs Not Used: Visser, Robinson, Cullen, Brisley, McKirdy, Hurst

Referee: Tom Nield

Assistants: Darren Blunden & Alasdair Ross  

Fourth Official: Stuart Butler

Scorers:

Southend United: None

Port Vale: Tom Pope 48’, 64’

Yellow Cards:

Southend United: Harry Lennon 85'

Port Vale: Leon Legge 22’, Mitch Clark 83’

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