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FIVE TALKING POINTS - NOTTS COUNTY

10 December 2021

Southend United head to Notts County on Saturday hoping to make it three unbeaten in the league heading into the Christmas period.

We’ve taken a look at five talking points ahead of the match.

Young blood?

Kevin Maher stated on Tuesday that his side needed to “show a little bit of personality on the ball” after Blues’ 1-1 draw with Maidenhead. He might decide to turn to some of the younger players who have returned to the fold for varying reasons, including Lewis Gard who made his first appearance on Tuesday since a 3-0 defeat to Portsmouth in October 2020. Gard had a successful loan spell at Heybridge Swifts recently and is looking to get a run in the side under Maher.

Fullback Tom Clifford could also return to the side after overcoming an ankle injury that has seen him side-lined since pre-season. He was included on the bench on Tuesday night before appearing for the U23s on Wednesday in the Premier League Cup. 

The Blues head coach has named two unchanged starting line-ups and could, therefore, look to make some changes in a bid to get back to winning ways.

A turned corner?

Whilst many saw Tuesday’s draw as two points dropped, it did add a little bit of momentum to Maher’s Blues. Southend head to Notts County hoping to make it three unbeaten for the first time since December 2020. To do that though, Blues will have to be at their best against a Notts County side battling for promotion.

Murphy hitting form

Scoring goals has been a bit of a problem for Southend in recent seasons. As the lowest goal scorers in the Football League last season, Blues also find themselves at the bottom of the goal scoring table this year. One person who has been in a good vein of form, however, is Rhys Murphy. Signed from Yeovil in the summer, Murphy is currently on nine for the season, with five in his last six, and will be looking to get into double figures as soon as possible.

High flying Notts

Notts County manager Ian Burchnall will be hoping it’s third time lucky for his side as they fight to return to the EFL. The Magpies currently find themselves in the last available Play-Off spot, just four points off the summit. Notts finished 3rd and 5th respectively since falling out of League Two in 2019 and will be hoping this is the year that they return to the 4th division.

Good omen?

Southend and Notts County are no strangers to each other, having played each other 56 times in their respective histories. It could be a good omen for Southend, who are currently five unbeaten against the Magpies, with three wins and two draws. In fact, you would have to travel as far back as February 1994 for the last time Southend lost against Notts; a 1-0 defeat in the Anglo-Italian Cup.

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MATCH REPORT: NOTTS COUNTY 4-1 SOUTHEND

11 December 2021

Southend United were handed a heavy 4-1 defeat by Notts County at Meadow Park this afternoon.

Sam Dalby put the visitors in front after 10 minutes, but a mistake at the back was punished by the home side who equalised through Cal Roberts just after the half-hour mark.

Wootton then popped up with two goals in seven second-half minutes to put the home side in charge before Kyle Cameron nodded in County’s fourth to secure the three points.

After a frustrating draw against Maidenhead in midweek, boss Kevin Maher rang the changes for the trip to high-flying Notts County with now fewer than four new faces coming into the starting 11 as John White, Tom Clifford, James Dunne and Lewis Gard came into the side.

The Magpies came into the game in the last of the play-off spots but were just four points adrift of table-topping Chesterfield and they forced an early save out of Steve Arnold after Kyle Wootton’s header on goal needed tipping over the crossbar.

And having survived that early scare, Blues would go on to take an early lead as Sam Dalby put Maher’s side in front. Nathan Ralph’s cross from the left fell found its way through to Rhys Murphy who teed up Dalby to slot home from close range to put Southend in front inside 10 minutes.

Southend’s defence remained relatively untroubled in the opening half an hour, but a mistake at the back allowed the Magpies back in the game as Wootton dispossessed Ralph on the byline before playing the ball across to Cal Roberts who calmly stroked in the equaliser.

As the rain hammered down in Nottinghamshire, Blues had a glorious chance to retake the lead midway through the second-half as Murphy’s cross caused a scramble inside the County box with the ball squirming out to Clifford who fired straight at the thankful Sam Slocombe.

It was a chance that Southend would rue missing as Notts piled the pressure on and would eventually break their way through as a slide-rule pass into Richardson unlocked the Southend defences and left the winger to play the ball across to Wootton for a tap-in.

That brought up double figures for Wootton this season and it wasn’t long before he’d grab his 11th of the campaign as he powered in Notts County’s third. Another pass between the lines allowed Wootton to get in on goal with his strike having too much power for Arnold to keep out.

To compound Southend’s misery, Jason Demetriou had to finish the game in goal for Blues after Arnold limped off. With no sub goalie on the bench, the Southend defender went in between the sticks and pulled off a smart save to keep out Connor Parsons.

There was nothing though Demetriou could do about County’s fourth of the afternoon as captain Kyle Cameron snuck in to head home a right-wing cross to wrap up the three points for the home side.

Notts County XI: Slocombe, Brindley, Taylor (Parsons 57’), Cameron (C), Wooton, Roberts (Francis 87’), Vincent (O’Brien 78’), Palmer, Rodrigues, Lacey, Richardson. Subs Not Used: Mitchell, Chicksen

Blues XI: Arnold (Atkinson 79’), Ralph, Hobson, Dunne, Murphy, Dalby, Clifford (Rush 77’), Gard (Ferguson 68’), Demetriou, Brunt, White (C). Subs Not Used: Egbri, Walsh

Referee: Garreth Rhodes

Assistants: Michael D’Aguilar & Reece Davies

Fourth Official: Ben Robinson

Scorers:

Notts County: Cal Roberts 31’, Kyle Wootton 64’, 71’, Kyle Cameron 89’

Southend United: Sam Dalby 10’

Yellow Cards:

Notts County: Ruben Rodrigues 44’, Ed Francis 90+5’

Southend United: Nathan Ralph 62’, James Dunne 67’, Zak Brunt 90+4’

Attendance: 6,206 (894 Away)

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AWAY TICKETS: NOTTS COUNTY

10 December 2021

Notts County v Southend United, Vanarama National League ticket details.

Southend United travel Meadow Lane on Saturday 11th December, 3pm kick-off.

Of the initial 810 allocation, situated in the Jimmy Sirrel Stand, so far 770 have been sold.

Tickets will come off sale at midday on Friday 10th December from the Blues Box Office. They will be available on the day with an increase of £2.

Tickets that were bought after Tuesday will be taken to Notts County and available to collect from the stadium (if not collected from the Blues Box Office before midday on Friday).

Click here to buy online or call 03444 770077.

Southend United supporters will be allocated 40 Away Scheme points for this fixture.

Category                              Advance Price                   Matchday Price

Adult                                     £20                                         £22

65+                                        £14                                         £16

Under 22                             £14                                         £16

Under 18                             £7                                           £9

Under 16                             £5                                           £7

Under 12*                           £1                                           £1

Under 7                                FREE                                      FREE                     

*Supporters under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult (18 or over).

Proof of age may be required on entry for any concessionary tickets.

Disabled supporters are charged the same price, which is dependant on their age category. A free carers ticket is available for those who require a personal assistant (providing they are claiming Disability Living Allowance at the middle/higher rate or PIP advance rate).

Wheelchair spaces are situated at the front of the Jimmy Sirrel Stand.

Notts County FC have a limited number of disabled parking spaces around the ground for visiting supporters. If any Southend United supporters would like to enquire about securing a space, please contact Alice Kelk on alice.kelk@nottscountyfc.co.uk for information.

 

 

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