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BIG PREVIEW: SOUTHEND VS STOCKPORT

27 August 2021

Southend United vs Stockport County...

Overview:

Southend United welcome Stockport County and, most importantly, the fans back to Roots Hall tomorrow afternoon in a game that will be broadcast live on BT Sport (5.20 pm Kick-Off).  

For the first time this year, Blues fans will be in attendance for a home league game and they’ll be treated to an intriguing contest against one of the early favourites for promotion in Stockport.  

Having got off to the best possible start last weekend against King’s Lynn, Phil Brown and his side will be looking to build some early-season momentum and make it a happy homecoming for the fans.

The Opposition:

As mentioned, Stockport came into this campaign as one of the favourites for promotion with marquee signings like Scott Quigley, who’d been so instrumental at Barrow, a sign of their intent.

Another familiar name in their squad, one that no doubt haunts Southend fans, is Paddy Madden who joined the club towards the end of last season and scored seven goals in 15 appearances.

The Hatters fell out of the Football League in 2011 and dropped as far down as the sixth tier at one point, but they’ve continued to show improvement year on year, finishing last season in third.

Stockport though suffered the heartbreak of losing out at the semi-final stage of the play-offs to eventual winners Hartlepool, so they’ll be aiming to go one better this campaign.

Form:

Blues come into the weekend off the back of an opening day victory on the road at King’s Lynn as Southend won 1-0 against the Linnets at The Walks Stadium.  

Sam Dalby’s eighth-minute strike, prodding in from close range, was enough for Phil Brown’s side to get off to the perfect start.

Stockport though suffered defeat in their opening game of the campaign, losing 3-1 at home to Dagenham & Redbridge.

Despite John Rooney putting Stockport in front after just 10 minutes, goals from Will Wright, Josh Walker and Matt Robinson ensured it was a losing start for the Hatters.

From The Boss:

"Your home form is going to be what gets you towards the business end of the division and the top end.

"It’s going to be a tough game on Saturday but so is every game.

"I noticed the lad [Scott] Quigley was missing for them last weekend which could be a big plus for us. If he’s playing on Saturday then he can cause you problems, as he did do for Barrow towards the end of last season.

"There’s certain things that could go in your favour when you play Stockport but one thing that has to go in our favour is our attitude, application and mentality.

"If we get them three things right then we’ll be ok."

Blues Team News:

Will Atkinson became Blues’ tenth summer signing as he returned to the club for a second spell, and he’s fit and available for selection on Saturday against Stockport.

The midfielder could make his second debut for Southend potentially alongside fellow midfielder James Dunne who faces a late fitness check having missed out against King’s Lynn.  

Tom Clifford is the only certain absentee from the squad as he continues to recover from an ankle injury picked up in pre-season against Ebbsfleet United.

Ref Watch:

Saturday’s late-afternoon kick-off will see Lewis Smith taking charge of proceedings in what will be his first visit to Roots Hall.

Smith is embarking on his third season as a National League referee, and he started this season by overseeing Woking’s 2-1 win at Wealdstone last weekend.

Last term, Smith officiated 16 games – including the play-off quarter-final between Hartlepool and Bromley – issuing a total of 55 yellow cards (3.4 per game) and just three reds.

Elsewhere in the National League:

Boreham Wood vs Aldershot Town

Chesterfield vs Wealdstone

Dagenham & Redbridge vs Bromley

Eastleigh vs Wrexham

Grimsby Town vs Weymouth

Maidenhead United vs Dover Athletic

Notts County vs Torquay United

Solihull Moors vs Barnet

Woking vs FC Halifax Town

Yeovil Town vs King’s Lynn Town

How to Follow:

Blues fans that aren’t able to attend tomorrow or catch the action on BT Sport will still be able to follow all the live action by subscribing to Blues TV where you’ll get live match commentary from the BBC Essex team from all first-team matches this season.

Blues TV costs £4.49 per month or a one-off cost of £45 for the season, with your subscription not only giving you match commentary, but also exclusive access to extended match highlights, full pre-match press conferences, interviews, features and more.

You can also follow live minute-by-minute updates on social media via the Club’s official Twitter account by following @SUFCRootsHall on Twitter, which will ensure you get all the latest news and more throughout the 2021/22 season.

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: SOUTHEND 0-1 STOCKPORT

28 August 2021

Southend United were condemned to their first defeat of the 21/22 season this afternoon, as Phil Brown’s side narrowly lost 1-0 to Stockport County at Roots Hall in front of the BT Sport cameras.

Shrimpers fans flocked in good numbers back to Blues’ home ground for their side’s first home match of the season.

The visitors, however, were determined to ruin the day of the home crowd, and a tidy John Rooney finish went some way to doing just that, 15 minutes into the match.

The Blues, despite coming close on several occasions, couldn’t find an equaliser, and came away empty handed against a Stockport side that are tipped to be very successful this season.  

The game began in a lively fashion, with the Hatters threatening Steve Arnold’s goal early on.

Blues’ goalkeeper was called into action just five minutes in, as a threatening long throw by the visitors was knocked down into the path of Arjan Raikhy. The 18-year-old, on loan from Aston Villa, caught the ball sweetly on the half-volley, but his effort was saved well by Arnold.

But the early pressure from the visitors told, 10 minutes later. Simon Rusk’s side went 1-0 up as John Rooney latched onto a poor clearance from the Southend defence. Having been given the freedom to burst into the home side’s penalty area, Rooney unleashed a tidy finish into the left corner of Arnold’s net.

Five minutes later, the visitors’ early substitute Alex Reid came agonisingly close to doubling his sides lead. The ball was played into the striker, who found himself in a central position in the penalty area, but his scuffed, left-footed effort was sent inches wide of the Blues’ goal.

It was certainly a case of Brown’s side needing to grow into the first half, and the momentum of the game began to switch to the home side’s favour on 31 minutes, Nathan Ferguson struck from 20 yards, but his effort didn’t trouble Ben Hinchliffe in the Stockport goal.

Southend had their best spell of the first half within the five minutes before it ended. Harry Phillips was the first to come close, as good work from Sam Dalby in the penalty area resulted in the striker laying the ball off to Phillips, he connected well with his close-range effort and it was well saved by Hinchliffe.

Two minutes later, Jason Demetriou saw himself 30 yards from goal and space to shoot, he pulled the trigger with a great effort, forcing Hinchliffe into action, pushing the ball wide of his left post.

Moments later, the Shrimpers again troubled Rusk’s side as a well worked move on the left flank saw a cross whipped into the box and onto the head of Rhys Murphy, who’s effort went narrowly over.

The opening action of the second half saw little in the way of chances, but the hosts were getting the better of their opponents in the midfield battle.

Jack Bridge nearly carved out a great opportunity for Brown’s side on the 60th minute, as a great show of skill saw him wriggle away from the Hatters’ defence. He whipped a cross into the box but it was well defended by the visitors, as they turned it away for a corner.

Goalscorer Rooney tried his luck from distance in the 75th minute, as he spotted Arnold off his line, the midfielder attempted to lob him from 30 yards out, but his shot went well over.

Two minutes later, Roots Hall erupted with cries for a penalty kick. A floated ball into the box looked set to meet Murphy, but he was dragged to the ground. The referee waved away the appeals for a spot kick.

As the game dwindled to a close, and Southend continued to push for a leveller, Murphy came close again. Demetriou attempted to worm the ball through a sea of bodies on the edge of Stockport’s penalty area, he eventually passed to Murphy on the edge of the box, his shot flying just wide.

Despite the hosts pushing for an equaliser, it never came, as Brown’s side were subdued to a narrow defeat.

Blues XI: Arnold, Ralph, Ogogo (Egbri 17’), Coulson, Bridge (Dennis 64’), Murphy, Dalby, Ferguson, Phillips (Kargbo 87’), Demetriou, White. Subs not used: Seaden, Hobson

Stockport County XI: Hinchliffe, Palmer, Barclay, Southam-Hales, Rooney (Whitfield 81’), Madden, Raikhy (Collar 55’), Keane, Rydel, Croasdale, Quigley (Reid 12’). Subs not used: Ethan, Pye

Referee: Lewis Smith.

Assistants: J.Oxenham & J.Fagg

Fourth Official: O.Mackey

Scorers:

Southend United:

Stockport County: Rooney (15’)

Yellow Cards:

Southend United: Ogogo (14’) Ralph (52’)

Stockport County: Rydel (57’) Madden (66’) Croasdale (73’)

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Ticket News

SECURE YOUR STOCKPORT COUNTY TICKETS

27 August 2021

Tickets for Southend’s Vanarama National League clash with Stockport County (5.20pm KO) are on sale from the Blues Box Office and online.

It will be Blues’ first home game of the new season and the first game with no limit on capacity since the pandemic began and then forced games to go behind closed doors.

The TV cameras will be in town, with the game being shown live on BT Sport, and following Saturday's opening day 1-0 win over King's Lynn Town, it promises to be a cracking atmosphere inside Roots Hall!

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£18

£20

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£13

£15

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£13

£15

Young Person

£13

£15

Emergency Services

£13

£15

Disabled

£13

£15

Junior

£8

£10

Child (8 and under)

£3

£5

To book tickets visit the Box Office at Roots Hall, call 08444 770077 or book online. Tickets will be available to buy right up until kick-off from the Box Office.

Matchday timings:

Ticket Office opens: 10am

Turnstiles open: 3:30pm

Hospitality opens: 3:30pm

Kick-off: 5:20pm

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