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18 September 2020

Carlisle United vs Southend United...


Blues face their first away trip of the League Two season this weekend as they make the 652-mile round trip to Brunton Park to take on Carlisle United.

Both sides will be looking to get off the mark for the campaign after suffering defeats last time out, but Carlisle will have the advantage of having 1,000 fans behind them on Saturday.

Tomorrow’s game is one of three in League Two to be selected for a Government pilot for the return of fans with the hope being that all grounds can re-open to fans next month.


Blues got their season off to a rocky start last weekend as the youngest Southend squad in the club’s history were dealt a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Harrogate Town at Roots Hall.

Prior to that, Blues had lost both their cup games leading up to the League Two opener, losing 3-1 to West Ham’s u21s in the EFL Trophy after a narrow 1-0 defeat in the Carabao Cup to Gillingham.

Carlisle’s form is almost identical to Southend’s with a 3-1 defeat in the EFL Trophy being followed by back-to-back 3-0 defeats to Oldham and Cambridge in the Carabao Cup and League respectively.

Last Meeting

Saturday 28th February 2015

Southend United 2-0 Carlisle United

Timlin 50’, Corr 72’

Southend picked up a vital three points in their race for promotion as goals from Michael Timlin and Barry Corr sealed the victory against the travelling Carlisle United last time these two sides met.

After a goalless first-half, Timlin broke the deadlock from the edge of the area with a stunning volley within five minutes of the restart, before Corr wrapped up the points with a close-range finish. 

Blues Team News

Mark Molesley will have been delighted to see his squad bolstered by two new signings this week with Simeon Akinola and a returning Alan McCormack adding some experience to the side.

Akinola joined from Barnet having scored 17 goals last season for the Bees while McCormack re-joins from Northampton having last played for Southend back in 2010.

This weekend will come too soon for Akinola, however, who needs to build up his fitness before being considered, Molesley said on Thursday.

Molesley will be hoping to have Timothee Dieng (calf) and John White (hamstring) back in the squad this weekend but will be giving them last minute checks on Friday to see if they’ve overcome their injuries.  

Jason Demetriou and Harry Lennon remain sidelined but Tom Clifford could come back into the squad. 

Carlisle Dangerman

So early into the season, it’s always tough to pick out who will be a certain team’s dangerman so we’ve gone for one of the newer faces at Brunton Park, Gime Toure.

The French forward made his Football League debut last weekend after spells at AFC Fylde, Sutton United and Hartlepool where last season he had a strike rate of one in three matches.

Toure is described as a strong and mobile attacker and he had a rollercoaster debut for Carlisle in the EFL Trophy which saw him score his first goal for the club before being sent off.

Ref Watch

This weekend’s fixture will be officiated by Graham Salisbury who will be assisted by Mark Cunliffe and Graeme Fyvie while Andrew Miller slots in as the fourth official.

Salisbury last refereed Southend in January 2019 in a 3-2 defeat to Plymouth which will mostly be remembered for Charlie Kelman’s outrageous goal from the half-way line.

Last season, Salisbury issued 88 yellows and three red cards in his 28 games and was last seen in the middle of Crewe’s 2-0 home defeat to Charlton Athletic last weekend.

iFollow Blues

Despite tomorrow’s match being one of seven chosen across England for the Government’s ‘return to fans’ pilot, no Southend fans will be allowed to attend Brunton Park to watch the game live.

Not to worry though, as Southend fans will still be able to catch all the action live from the comfort of your own home on iFollow Blues.

Matchday passes are available for £10 and for more information on how you can pick up your matchday pass and watch the game live, click here.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Carlisle 2-0 Southend

19 September 2020

Southend fell to a second defeat of the season as they were beaten 2-0 by Carlisle United at Brunton Park with goals from Omari Patrick and Josh Kayode the difference in Cumbria.

In one of just seven Football League games that had fans in attendance as part of the Government ‘return of fans’ pilot, the 1,000 Carlisle fans in attendance were on their feet after Patrick opened the scoring when his deflected effort nestled in the bottom corner.

Three minutes later and Kayode doubled the home side’s advantage as he was teed up on the edge of the box before drilling in a low effort that beat Mark Oxley and secure them a first victory in League Two this season.

Both sides came into the weekend off the back of opening day defeats, with Southend losing 4-0 to Harrogate while Carlisle lost 3-0 to Cambridge, and Mark Molesley made just the one change from last Saturday as the returning Alan McCormack came in to replace Lewis Gard.

It took a while for the game to get going at Brunton Park but it was Southend that carved out the first chance of the game. A long throw out from Mark Oxley set Charlie Kelman through, but after going wide the striker laid the ball back for Isaac Hutchinson whose shot was deflected over.

From the resulting corner, Blues had a shout for a penalty waved away as Jordan Green went down inside the area, but referee Graham Salisbury was unmoved as Carlisle cleared the danger and then began a spell of pressure of their own on Southend’s goal.

Shaun Hobson’s back-pass gifted Carlisle a chance on goal only for the swift intervention of Oxley stopping Josh Kayode from getting in. Oxley was then called upon again in more conventional means when he made a fantastic save to stop an Aaron Hayden header from a Kayode long throw.

Molesley’s side were feeling the pressure a little bit and Gime Toure had a shot headed away by Hobson after a dangerous ball across the box from Omari Patrick wasn’t capitalised on, and mere seconds later the home side, with a little bit of fortune, made the breakthrough.

Callum Guy’s corner from the Southend left was cleared out but only as far as Patrick who was on the edge of the area. The United striker fired in a half-volley that took a wicked deflection to deceive Oxley and nestle in the bottom corner, giving the home side the lead.

Blues could feel a little hard done by with that goal but there was no fortune needed for Carlisle’s second which came just a few minutes later. Kayode was the recipient after a mazy run through midfield saw the striker teed up to drill the ball in at Oxley’s right-hand post.

Going into the break 2-0 down was a little harsh on Blues who’d been sucker-punched by two quick goals, but they came out for the second-half looking to get back into the contest and went close when Brandon Goodship’s fired cross just missed the required touch from Charlie Kelman.

Despite Southend’s bright start, Kayode’s long throws were continuing to cause havoc and they almost led to a third for the home side when the ball made it all the way through to an unmarked Nick Anderton who headed down but Oxley spread himself beautifully to save with his left foot.

The home side went close again on the hour mark with Jon Mellish being found by a cut back before firing over and Oxley needed to be at his best to stop Hayden from nodding in a third as his glancing header from another Kayode long throw needed a superb reaction save to be kept out.

In contrast the visitors were unable to truly test Oxley’s opposite number as referee Salisbury called time on the afternoon’s early kick-off leaving Southend without a point so far from their opening two games of the campaign.

Carlisle United XI: Farman, Ranner, Anderton (C), Hayden, Guy, Patrick (Walker 74’), Mellish (Alessandra 70’), McDonald, Kayode, Furman, Toure (Reilly 84’). Subs Not Used: Dewhurst, Devine, Hunt, Riley

Blues XI: Oxley (C), Bwomono, Ralph, McCormack (Gard 60’), Hobson, Green, Goodship (Kinali 81’), Egbri, Hutchinson, Taylor, Kelman (Clifford 71’). Subs Not Used: Seaden, Phillips, Rush

Referee: Graham Salisbury

Assistants: Mark Cunliffe & Graeme Fyvie

Fourth Official: Andrew Miller


Carlisle United: Omari Patrick 36’, Josh Kayode 39’

Southend United: None

Yellow Cards:

Carlisle United: Nick Anderton 16’

Southend United: None

Attendance: 1,000

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