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Season Review 2013-14 February: Blues go without a win

2 June 2014

We take a look back at how Blues got on during February...

After a long ten months, Southend United’s 2013-14 campaign ended in disappointing fashion, as Burton Albion won 3-2 on aggregate to progress to the play-off final at Wembley. 

Despite that, progression has been made by Blues this season under manager Phil Brown, in his first full season as Southend United boss.

Here we take a look back at a difficult February and
 
Mansfield Town 2-1 Southend United

Blues were beaten in the league for the first time since the defeat against Torquay United back in December.

Sam Clucas opened the scoring at a blustery One Call Stadium, as Blues struggled to deal with the conditions.

Blues looked for a way back into the game, but James Jennings made it 2-0 to the hosts before Conor Clifford was shown a straight red card.

Ryan Leonard did pull a goal back for Blues late on, but it was too little, too late.

Southend United 2-3 Exeter City

Blues were beaten at home for the first time since October as Exeter City took all three points away from Roots Hall.

Jimmy Keohane opened the scoring for the visitors, but Blues responded well, with Mark Phillips scoring twice.

It looked as though Blues would pick up their first win in four league games, but Exeter hit back late on.

Liam Sercombe scored with a stunning drive to level things up before substitute Elliot Richards made it 3-2 to the visitors.

Southend United 1-1 Hartlepool United

Blues winless run stretched to five league games, as Hartlepool United took a point away from Roots Hall.

Despite heavy pressure from Blues throughout, Barry Corr’s goal after an excellent team goal didn’t prove enough.

That was down to Bradley Walker’s stunning volley from 20-yards.

Blues twice had efforts cleared off the line late on, but Pools held on for a point.

York City 0-0 Southend United

Blues picked up a second straight draw as they drew 0-0 with York City at Bootham Crescent.

York’s form had picked up considerably in recent weeks, but neither side really created much in the way of chances throughout.

Jack Payne, on as a substitute, had Blues’ best chance, while Cian Bolger featured for the first, and last time, on loan at the club.

Northampton Town 2-1 Southend United

Bottom club Northampton Town produced a very good home performance to hand Blues a third defeat of the month.

Mathias Kouo-Doumbe opened the scoring early with a header from Chris Hackett’s free-kick.

Blues responded through Michael Timlin as they got to grips with the 3-5-2 formation Phil Brown had employed for the game.

Northampton though came out on top thanks to Hackett’s second-half goal.

Blues ended the month without a win, and they would head into March looking for much better.

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