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Match Preview: Accrington Stanley vs. Southend United

8 August 2014

A preview ahead of Southend United’s opening Sky Bet League 2 fixture of 2014-15 against Accrington Stanley on Saturday 9th August.

The Lowdown

Blues travel to Accrington Stanley looking to open their 2014-15 campaign with all three points. Last season, Blues made their best start for 23 years with three straight wins, against Plymouth Argyle, Hartlepool United and Northampton Town.

Accrington on the other hand endured a torrid start under new manager James Beattie, failing to win any of their first 12 League 2 matches, before turning things around and finishing 15th in the division.

The Officials

Referee: Andy Haines
Assistants: Barry Gordon and Marc Edwards
Fourth Official: Joe Hull

Referee Andy Haines took charge of Blues’ game at Accrington Stanley last season. That was his only Blues game of the campaign.

Haines handed out 91 yellow cards and 11 red cards during the 2013-14 campaign.

The Inside View

Phil Brown: “I think we have a better squad this time around, with the additions we have made. But it is all about proving that, starting at Accrington Stanley. We’re all looking forward to the season getting underway.”

Luke Joyce, Stanley’s skipper: “I’ve heard people say we would struggle because we haven’t signed anyone but we haven’t needed to. We’re out to prove people wrong again and hopefully that can start with a good result against Southend.”

The Previous Five Meetings

April 2014: Southend United 1-0 Accrington Stanley
Dec 2013: Accrington Stanley 1-1 Southend United
Feb 2013: Accrington Stanley 1-1 Southend United
Aug 2012: Southend United 0-1 Accrington Stanley
March 2012: Southend United 2-2 Accrington Stanley

Watch highlights from our two meetings with Stanley last season by clicking here.

The Overall Record

Southend United wins – 5; Draws – 3; Accrington Stanley wins - 3

The Fixtures

AFC Wimbledon vs. Shrewsbury
Bury vs. Cheltenham
Cambridge vs. Plymouth
Carlisle vs. Luton
Dagenham vs. Morecambe
Exeter vs. Portsmouth
Newport vs. Wycombe
Northampton vs. Mansfield
Oxford vs. Burton
Stevenage vs. Hartlepool
Tranmere vs. York

The Betting

A betting preview ahead of Saturday’s game can be found by clicking here.

The Journey

Click here for a detailed guide to Accrington Stanley and the Crown Ground.

The Tickets

Click here for ticket information ahead of Saturday’s game.

The Game

Keep up-to-date with the game on Twitter and Facebook. Follow @SUFCRootsHall for full updates on Twitter, while there’ll be key moment updates on our Facebook page: SouthendUnitedFC.

The Commentary

Listen to exclusive commentary of Saturday’s opening game of the season on Blues Player with BBC Essex. To sign up, or listen, click here.

COME ON YOU BLUES!

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