A review of Southend United's 2013-14 season, taking a look back at November
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 Blues’ best month of the season, as they picked up five wins and a draw to end the month unbeaten.
Southend United 3-0 Mansfield Town – Friday 1st November
The month kicked off with three points, three goals and three red card when Mansfield Town visited Roots Hall on a Friday night.
Anthony Straker opened the scoring for Southend United, converting Kevan Hurst’s cross, before James Alabi was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Luke Prosser.
Not long later it was ten aside as Conor Clifford was shown a straight red, before a bizarre own goal from Jamie McGuire doubled Blues’ advantage.
Lee Beevers was shown a second yellow card in the second-half, before Blues rounded things off through Kevan Hurst, after a terrific team move.
Morecambe 0-3 Southend United – Saturday 9th November
Blues progressed to the second round of the FA Cup with their first ever winner against Morecambe.
Anthony Straker made it three goals in two games as he scored a quick fire brace early in the first-half.
Daniel Bentley and Blues’ goal came under some pressure in the second-half, but they held firm, and Ryan Leonard rounded things off with a third in the 90th minute.
The win set up a second round tie away at Chesterfield.
Exeter City 0-2 Southend United – Saturday 16th November
Southend United picked up a third straight win in all competitions, with a convincing 2-0 win against Exeter City at St James’ Park.
Cauley Woodrow scored his first ever Football League goal when he converted from John White’s excellent cross.
Kevan Hurst then doubled the lead with a deflected strike after controlling Anthony Straker’s cross.
Exeter pressed forward in the second-half, but Blues made sure they couldn’t get through to pick up another clean sheet.
Southend United 2-1 York City – Saturday 23rd November
In front of a bumper crowd of 9,018, Blues left it late to snatch all three points against Nigel Worthington’s York City.
Kevan Hurst fired Blues in front early on, but was booked for his celebrations. The midfielder was made to pay in the second-half, when he was shown a second yellow, shortly after Ryan Bowman had levelled.
Bowman was then shown a second yellow himself late on, before Ben Coker’s free-kick was headed home by Luke Prosser in stoppage time.
Portsmouth 1-2 Southend United – Tuesday 26th November
One of Southend United’s best wins of the season came at Fratton Park, as they fought back from a goal down and a man down to win 2-1.
Andy Barcham gave the hosts, who had just sacked manager Guy Whittingham, the lead in just the third minute.
Blues’ night got tougher when Cauley Woodrow was shown a straight red for an elbow in the second-half.
But Barry Corr teed up Will Atkinson to make it 1-1, and the striker then got himself a goal as he headed home from John White’s cross.
The win made it four straight victories in League 2 for the first time of the campaign.
Southend United 1-1 Cheltenham Town – Saturday 30th November
Phil Brown’s side were denied a six-straight win as the month ended with a 1-1 draw against Mark Yates’ Cheltenham Town at Roots Hall.
It looked as though Blues would end the month with a clean sweep of victories after Kevan Hurst had scored again following his return to the side after missing the Pompey game.
But in the 90th minute, Anthony Straker’s handball gave Cheltenham the chance to level from the penalty spot.
Matt Richards made no mistake from the spot, sending Daniel Bentley the wrong way.
The unbeaten month lifted Blues to third in League 2 on 33 points from their 19 games, just a point off top spot.
Tomorrow, we look back at December, as Blues progressed in the FA Cup and picked up a great away win on Boxing Day.