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Season Review: October 2014

6 June 2015

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

We continue our look back on the memorable 2014-15 campaign by reflecting on October 2014. Here's how we got on during the month...

Saturday 4th October – Morecambe (H)
No if ever there is a bogey team for the Blues, Morecambe is that side, and the first Saturday in October didn't see anything change in the driving wind and rain at Roots Hall. 

A goal from Jack Redshaw proved to be the difference early into the game, and that helped move Morecambe further up the table after a decent start to the campaign.

For Blues, following the defeat in front of over 5,000 spectators, they remained in fourth place, and again were left ruing what could have been against the Shrimps.



Saturday 11th October - Luton Town (A)
An opportunity to bounce back from the defeat to Jim Bentley's side came a week later when we made the short journey to Luton Town in Sky Bet League Two.

The Hatters were another side to have started their season strongly, but Blues were boosted by Michael Timlin's return to the squad following an elbow injury. Tims started and finished the game on the bench, but it was to be a big positive to see the midfielder getting closer to first team action.

Onto the game though, and a disappointing start to the game allowed Luton to race into a two-goal lead in the first half.

Firstly, Alex Lawless curled home a terrific goal from the left before Mark Cullen capitalised on some uncharacteristic sloppy defending to add a second, and Blues couldn't respond despite having the majority of the play in the second half. The defeat saw us drop a place to 5th place, with Luton overtaking us by slipping into fourth.



Saturday 18th October - Exeter City (H)
So it was possibly a case of 'third time lucky' in October, as Blues aimed to bounce back from the two consecutive defeats when Exeter City made the trip to Essex from Devon.

Exeter came into the game five points clear of the drop zone and were dealt a blow in the first half when we took the lead through David Worrall's first goal for the Club. The winger was brave to get above his man at the back post and nod Will Atkinson's deep cross into the back of the net.

Blues had chances to add to the lead, and Exeter looked threatening too and got reward for staying in the game when Graham Cummins latched onto a ball forward to equalise late into the game.

Due to the draw and teams around Southend winning, the Blues dropped out of the play-off places, but the positive of the day was Michael Timlin playing again following his injury lay-off.



Tuesday 21st October - Newport County (A)
A cold Tuesday night in south Wales in mid-October didn't sound too appealing when the fixtures were announced in the summer, and cold it most certainly was!

And the disappointing form in the month was to continue against Newport County at Rodney Parade as the Exiles picked up a fortunate 1-0 win.

John White saw his close range effort brilliantly kept out and Myles Weston saw his penalty pushed away by goalkeeper Joe Day before Mark Byrne struck in the second half to give Justin Edinburgh's side the three points.



Saturday 25th October – Bury (H)
The final Saturday of the month, and Blues had a chance to end the month on a high when Bury came calling to Roots Hall.

It was a feisty encounter, and Blues took the lead through Barry Corr, as the striker cooly fired home a cross by Michael Timlin to put Phil Brown's side in front.

However, for the second home game in a row, we couldn't hold onto the lead and Shakers' right back Craig Jones came from nowhere with 19 minutes remaining to head home Danny Mayor's cross to steal a point.



Although a disappointing end to the month, little did Blues know that this was to be the last home goal conceded in the league by Dan Bentley for the 2014-15 campaign – a superb achievement.

So Blues finish the month outside the League 2 play-offs. Things could only get better in November, couldn't they?...

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