A review of Southend United's 2013-14 season, taking a look back at September
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 September, in which Blues found it tough – not finding a win in their four fixtures.
Southend United 1-3 Morecambe – Saturday 7th September
The start of two straight home games ended with a defeat to Morecambe as the Shrimps hoodoo continued at Roots Hall.
That was despite Kevan Hurst, making his first start of the season, opening the scoring against his former club.
But Morecambe soon levelled through Andrew Fleming, before the midfielder got his second of the afternoon just after half-time to make it 2-1 to the visitors.
Former Blues loanee Jack Sampson rounded off the scoring with a curling effort from 25-yards.
Despite Robbie Threlfall’s sending off, Blues were unable to find a route back into the game and fell to their third straight defeat.
Southend United 0-1 Scunthorpe – Friday 13th September
Friday night football was back at Roots Hall, but unfortunately for Blues it did not help them to end their losing streak.
Eventual runners-up in League 2 Scunthorpe United took all three points courtesy of Chris Iwelumo’s second-half goal.
Sam Slocombe had previously saved from Ryan Leonard and Freddy Eastwood, before Ben Coker’s mistimed header allowed Iwelumo to head past Bentley.
The defeat meant Blues had suffered four defeats on the spin.
Bury 1-1 Southend United – Saturday 21st September
For much of this game, it looked as though that winless run would be coming to an end.
Ben Coker gave Blues the lead, scoring his first ever Football League goal with a stunning free-kick.
Freddy Eastwood then missed a great chance after being set up by Anthony Straker as Blues looked to take a 2-0 lead.
Phil Brown’s side continued to dominate in the second-half, but Coker was sent off for a second bookable offence with four minutes to go and Bury made the most of the man advantage.
Anton Forrester rose highest from a free-kick to head past Daniel Bentley and snatch a point for the hosts.
Southend United 1-1 Bristol Rovers – Friday 27th September
Blues’ third home game of the month ended level, as Bristol Rovers took a point away from Roots Hall.
Ex-Shrimper Matt Harrold had put Bristol Rovers ahead just after half-time, despite Blues’ first-half domination.
Kevan Hurst levelled the scores in the 67th minute, turning and firing a low shot into the bottom corner from 20-yards.
There was to be no winning goal though, as Blues’ month without a win saw them drop to 14th in League 2, with 11 points from their opening nine games.
Tomorrow, we take a look at October, as results in the league picked up, but the JPT proved much tougher.