We pick out five of the top performances from the 2013-14 campaign
The season may have ended in disappointment, but there were still plenty of excellent performances from Southend United this season. Here, we pick our top five games of the season. Let us know what your top five would be on Facebook or Twitter.
5. Portsmouth 1-2 Southend United – Tuesday 26th November
Blues were on a good run as they headed to Fratton Park to take on managerless Portsmouth. Kevan Hurst would miss the game through suspension, and Phil Brown shuffled the pack because of this. It looked to be all going wrong when Andy Barcham opened the scoring in just the second minute, and Cauley Woodrow was sent off, but after David Connolly had missed a glorious chance for the hosts, Blues turned things around. Barry Corr set up Will Atkinson to level before the striker got himself on the scoresheet, heading home from John White’s cross to seal a memorable win.
4. Southend United 4-1 Millwall – Saturday 4th January
Championship side Millwall visited Roots Hall for the third round of the FA Cup with former Blues striker Neil Harris in caretaker charge. Despite the two league different, Blues were rampant, and opened the scoring when Barry Corr headed home from John White’s cross. After a stoppage because of a floodlight failure, Jermaine Easter was then shown a straight red card just before half-time, and Blues immediately took advantage as Will Atkinson made it 2-0. Michael Timlin added a third shortly after the restart, before Millwall pulled one back. Blues though rounded things off in style, with Corr teeing up Ryan Leonard to finish confidently.
3. Southend United 3-0 Oxford United – Monday 24th March
Blues were on a run of 12 games without a win in League 2 as the Sky Sports cameras rolled into town for a live game with Oxford United. Jamar Loza, who was making his home debut on loan from Norwich City, stole the show, playing a big part in two of the goals, and scoring one himself. For the first, his cross was touched on by Michael Timlin to Will Atkinson who finished well. Loza then won a penalty and Lee Barnard stepped up to score from the spot. Loza then rounded things off in the second-half, scoring a stunning solo goal to end Blues’ winless run.
2. Southend United 3-0 Chesterfield – Saturday 18th January
Having beaten Portsmouth and Millwall and drawn away at Plymouth Argyle, Blues had started 2014 well. Chesterfield were next in town, and they themselves were looking good for automatic promotion. But Blues produced a stunning performance to run out 3-0 winners. Kevan Hurst opened the scoring against his former club, tapping home from Anthony Straker’s cross after a stunning pass from new loanee Luke O’Neill. It took until the hour mark before Blues struck again, as Ryan Leonard finished off a lovely sweeping move from Blues. Almost straight from kick-off, Blues made it 3-0 as Barry Corr dinked the ball over Tommy Lee from Adam Thompson’s pass. Daniel Bentley saved a penalty late on as Blues held on to a clean sheet.
1. Rochdale 0-3 Southend United – Friday 18th April
After three straight wins for Blues, a defeat to AFC Wimbledon meant a play-off spot was still not secured as they headed to Rochdale, who boasted the best home record in the division. Phil Brown’s side made light work of that however, as Jacob Murphy teed up Barry Corr to open the scoring. Just before half-time, a quick breakaway saw Murphy finish off from Ryan Leonard’s cross-shot. Just 20 seconds into the second-half, it was 3-0 as Michael Timlin volleyed home from Kevan Hurst’s cross to seal a fantastic away win.