A review of Southend United's 2013-14 season, taking a look back at October
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 the month of October, as Blues ended their winless run in League 2, but saw their route to back to Wembley in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy halted at the first attempt.
Oxford United 0-2 Southend United – Saturday 5th October
The six game winless run was ended in excellent fashion, as Southend United won 2-0 at high-flying Oxford United.
Conor Clifford scored his first ever Southend United goal with a low strike in just the 14th minute to give Blues the lead.
Defender Luke Prosser then got his first goal of the campaign, heading home from Kevan Hurst’s free-kick on the half-hour mark.
Cauley Woodrow, who had joined on loan in September from Premier League side Fulham, had a great chance to make it 3-0 late on, but two proved to be enough to end the winless run.
Southend United 2-5 Dagenham & Redbridge – Tuesday 8th October
After reaching the final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy last year, Blues didn’t have the same sort of journey this time around, as local rivals Dagenham & Redbridge won 5-2 at Roots Hall.
Zavon Hines gave the visitors a first-half lead, but Blues made light work of overturning that in three second-half minutes as sub Cauley Woodrow scored twice.
But just seven minutes later and the Daggers were back ahead, as Brian Saah and then Hines again made it 3-2 on the hour mark.
A crazy 15 minutes of football ended as the visitors scored two more, with Chris Dickson and then Afolabi Obafemi making it 5-2.
Burton Albion 0-1 Southend United – Saturday 12th October
It was back to the league on the Saturday, and another tough away trip that Blues did well to come away with the three points from.
Burton Albion were in good form themselves, but Billy Kee’s sending off before half-time handed Blues the initiative.
As the rain hammered down, Blues pushed forward, and after a few nervous moments with Burton on the break, Freddy Eastwood, who had come on as a substitute, struck a deflected 90th minute winner.
Southend United 2-0 Fleetwood Town – Friday 18th October
For the second time this season, Blues made it three league wins in a row with three clean sheets, as Fleetwood Town were dispatched at Roots Hall.
Ryan Cresswell, back for the first time since moving to Fleetwood in the summer, led out the visitors, but it was his former flatmate Barry Corr who stole the show.
Corr opened the scoring from Kevan Hurst’s cross in the first-half, and made it 2-0 from the penalty spot in the second after Will Atkinson had been fouled.
Southend United 0-1 Dagenham & Redbridge – Tuesday 22nd October
For the second time in a month, Dagenham & Redbridge were leaving Roots Hall victorious, as they won 1-0.
Mark Phillips was sent off in just the 30th minute for a late tackle on Rhys Murphy.
The Daggers striker would cause Blues more problems, as he chipped the ball over Daniel Bentley to make it 1-0 just moments later.
Freddy Eastwood went closest for Blues in the second-half, but the three-game winning run came to an end.
Newport County 3-1 Southend United – Saturday 26th October
Southend United’s trip to Wales was a disappointing one, as former Blue Justin Edinburgh guided his newly-promoted side to all three points.
Conor Washington made it 1-0 after a defensive mix-up, but Ben Coker responded with an excellent free kick in the 41st minute.
Andrew Hughes then made it 2-1 just before half-time from a set piece, and Ismail Yakubu made it 3-1 eight minutes into the second-half.
Blues were unable to get back into the game, as they ended the month in 13th place, three points outside of the play-offs on 20 points from 14 games.
Tomorrow, we'll take a look back at the month of November, as Blues went unbeaten in all competitions.