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Season Review: December 2014

13 June 2015

A look back on the month of December for the Blues.

The penultimate month of the year would mean a few more tricky tests, especially with the first couple of December games, against both Wycombe Wanderers and Burton Albion...

Saturday 13th December – Wycombe Wanderers (A)

So it had been a fantastic November, now it was about continuing that fine form by attempting to turn over surprise package Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park on a chilly December day.

Things started excellently for the Blues – who had over 1,000 supporters behind them in Buckinghamshire – when Jack Payne turned home Myles Weston's cross after just two minutes of play.

But Wycombe battled back and equalised just after the half hour mark when Paris Cowan-Hall equalised, before Matt McClure gave the Chairboys the lead on the stroke of half time.

Phil Brown made a double change at the break to attempt to get Blues back in the game, but Southend were dealt a blow when Jerome Binnom-Williams was sent off.

Soon after, Joe Jacobson's superb free kick earned Wycombe a third before McClure grabbed his second with 20 minutes to play.

Friday 19th December – Burton Albion (H)

The team had less than a week to get the Wycombe result out of their system, as another side fighting towards the top of the division – Burton Albion – came to Essex.

Blues had a few chances through Kevan Hurst, Barry Corr and Ben Coker – who returned from his long injury lay-off – whilst Burton had opportunities of their own.

However, neither side could find the breakthrough, but the point moved Blues up to fifth, whilst Burton remained below Wycombe, in second place.

Friday 26th December – Cambridge United (A)

Boxing Day saw the Blues head to Cambridge bidding to get back to winning ways in the division following the disappointing results against Wycombe and Burton.

Cambridge were in the middle of an FA Cup run that would eventually lead to playing Manchester United on two occasions, and Blues began well at the Abbey Stadium, with Jack Payne hitting the crossbar in the first half.

After half time Blues upped the tempo and were rewarded for their efforts on 57 minutes when Barry Corr headed home David Worrall's cross from the right to send the visiting Southend supporters into raptures behind the goal.

Kevan Hurst hit a post moments later in the game but Blues continued their push towards the top of the table with Corr's winner.

Sunday 28th December – Dagenham & Redbridge (H)

Two days later and Southend were back in action and back at Roots Hall, when Dagenham & Redbridge made the short trip to Essex.

It was to be another frustrating afternoon at home for the Blues, despite having the majority of the play and the majority of the chances.

However, Daggers' 'keeper Mark Cousins was in terrific form and kept out the likes of Jack Payne and Barry Corr.

Cian Bolger was sent off with 20 minutes left for violent conduct as Blues registered another point, although they dropped down to sixth in the division with 39 points.

So we finish 2014 with a point at home. What would the new year bring for the Blues, as they aimed for promotion come May?

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