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Season Review: September 2014

2 June 2015

A look back on how Blues got on way back in September 2014.

We look back on month number two of the 2014-15 campaign – September – as Blues look to improve and get more points on the board after ending August in 14th place following a three-game winless run at the back end of the month...

Tuesday 2nd September – AFC Wimbledon (JPT) (A)
Another competition for Southend to get their teeth into began in the JPT at AFC Wimbledon's Kingsmeadow.

Jack Payne scored after just five minutes, only for Kevin Saint-Luce to equalise for the Dons ten minutes later.

But moments after the equaliser, gangly midfielder Harry Pell was sent off for a reckless challenge on David Worrall. 

After the break Payne added his second with a fantastic strike but a certain Adam Barrett smashed a long range effort into the net to make it 2-2 with two minutes left.

It went to penalties, and after Lee Barnard hit a post and Ben Coker saw his kick saved, Matt Tubbs fired home the decisive spot kick to send Wimbledon through.

Saturday 6th September – Oxford United (H)
Southend attempted to shake off the disappointment from the JPT defeat when we returned to Roots Hall on September 6th against Oxford United.

Jack Payne was amongst the goals again for the second time in the week as he broke the deadlock – on his first ever league start - after 36 minutes, with a low shot into the corner of the net.

But mid-way through the second half the U's nabbed an equaliser from the penalty spot. Danny Hylton went to ground easily before dusting himself down to net the spot kick and earn a share of the spoils for the visitors.

Saturday 13th September – Portsmouth (H)
Over 7,000 spectators were at Roots Hall to witness Southend United make it two games unbeaten in September with a comfortable 2-0 victory against Portsmouth.

After an even first half Blues grabbed the lead just before the hour when Barry Corr nodded home a corner from Kevan Hurst.

Blues were knocking on the door, and as Pompey were looking for an equaliser, David Worrall set Shaq Coulthirst clear to beat a couple of players and slot under visiting goalkeeper Paul Jones.

The win moved Southend up to eighth place in League 2 with 11 points on the board.

Tuesday 16th September – Cheltenham Town (A)
Blues followed up the win against Pompey with a trip west to take on Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road.

A feisty encounter saw home midfielder Jason Taylor sent off just before half time for an off the ball incident with Conor Clifford.

And it was Clifford who won the game early in the second half for Southend with his strike from the edge of the box finding the bottom corner of the net.

Saturday 20th September – York City (A)
Blues were back on the road a few days later as Phil Brown took his side to Yorkshire to take on York City.

The Minstermen had ended the previous campaign in a play-off spot but the season hadn't began well for Nigel Worthington's side – and neither did the game when Blues were awarded a penalty after just nine minutes.

Jack Payne's weaving run was halted by Dave Winfield and up stepped Myles Weston to give Southend the lead. 

But York battled back and Russ Penn equalised from close range on the stroke of half time. After the break Kevan Hurst bagged his first of the season before Payne added a third as he finished off a well worked team move.

Moments before full time Winfield got a goal back for the hosts but Blues held on to rise to fourth place.

Saturday 27th September – Shrewsbury Town (H)

Back at Roots Hall in the final Saturday of the month, Blues battled it out with high-flying big spenders Shrewsbury Town.

It would be a tough test, but Blues took the lead after just two minutes when Shaq Coulthirst latched onto a pinpoint cross from skipper John White to put us 1-0 up.

And that was how it stayed, as Blues saw out the game well against a strong Shrews side, who also had Andy Mangan sent off late into the game for an aerial clash with Blues goalkeeper Dan Bentley.

The result kept Blues in fourth place.

It was a tremendous month for Phil Brown's men, who ended the month in a creditable fourth place in the division following an unbeaten month.

The boss earned a reward for the results by picking up the Sky Bet League 2 Manager of the Month award.

What would a tricky looking October schedule bring?...

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