A look back at the start of the business end of the 2014-15 season.
It was getting to the business end of the season for the Blues now, and we knew we'd have to get some results on the board to push oursleves into the top three...
Tuesday 3rd March – AFC Wimbledon (A)
A local trip to Kingston was on the cards on the first Tuesday of the month when we made the trip to take on AFC Wimbledon on a chilly Tuesday evening. Both sides had chances, with the hosts hitting the bar and Barry Corr seeing an effort stopped by debutant Dons goalkeeper Joe McDonnell. In the second half, Corr saw his effort which crashed against the bar and down, and was adjudged not to have crossed the line, as Blues – who included Ted Smith in goal again – drew 0-0 in south London.
Saturday 7th March – Wycombe Wanderers (H)
Back at home four days later, high-flying Wycombe Wanderers came to Essex to do battle at a sun-soaked Roots Hall. Barry Corr got the Blues off to a flying start, as he headed home after 14 minutes, only for Steven Craig to equalise soon after. Corr bagged his second goal on the hour mark, but Alfie Mawson equalised again for the visitors with just five minutes remaining of the game. The point moved Southend into fourth place, five points off the top three.
Saturday 14th March – Dagenham & Redbridge (A)
A local game at Dagenham & Redbridge was a challenge the Blues faced on the 14th of the month, and once again, we began well, with Joe Pigott giving the visitors the lead after 16 minutes, as he beat a couple of opponents before slotting past the goalkeeper to give us the lead. Ayo Obileye headed in a long free kick from the right-hand side. It looked as if both sides would go in even but Ryan Leonard notched a thunderous volley into the top corner from 30 yards out. Seven minutes after the break, Barry Corr bagged a penalty after a Damian Batt handball in the box to seal the points. We closed the gap on the top three to three points.
Wednesday 18th March – Burton Albion (A)
Four days later and the Blues were back on the road, at Burton Albion's Pirelli Stadium. Barry Corr saw his penalty saved but made amends soon after when he scored a penalty after some shirt pulling in the Burton box. Robbie Weir saw red for the Brewers after a melee with Corr in the centre of the pitch. Matty Palmer equalised for the hosts with a strike from the edge of the box and then, with one minute left, Nasser El Khayati saw his strike squirm into the bottom corner of the net to win the points for the eventual champions.
Saturday 21st March – Cambridge United (H)
The final match of the month saw Cambridge United visit Roots Hall, with the Blues aiming to make it a double against Richard Money's side. In a game of few chances, David Worrall volleyed straight at Chris Dunn, whilst ex-Blue Matt Harrold headed into Dan Bentley's gloves. Eight minutes of stoppage time was added on due to a head injury for Luke Prosser, but neither side could find a way through.
It was a disappointing end to the month for the Blues, but things could only get better in April, couldn't they?...