As Blues kick off their 2016/17 Sky Bet League One campaign at home to Gillingham on Saturday 6 August, we take a look at what happened when we last faced Gills at Roots Hall.Southend United and Gillingham could not be separated when the two sides met at Roots Hall last season as the two sides played out a 1-1 draw in front of 9,135 on Saturday 19 March 2016.
Anthony Wordsworth gave Blues a half time lead but Justin Edinburgh’s side equalised ten minutes into the second half through Luke Norris.
A point was deemed a fair result and left Southend three points adrift of the play-off places, as Gills hunted down an automatic spot at the time.
Phil Brown named the same team that beat promoted Barnsley 2-0 a week previous, but it was Gillingham who were making the early inroads with better spells of possession in the Southend half.
Blues’ first chance came when Kevan Hurst crossed for Tyrone Barnett but he couldn’t find Wordsworth with a clever overhead kick.
With 20 minutes on the clock, Blues took the lead through Wordsworth.
The impressive Kamara picked out the midfielder 12 yards out and he had the intelligence to slot it into the right hand corner.
Blues had their tails up after taking the lead and went on the hunt for a second.
Hurst sent a blistering right footed strike from 30-yards inches over the bar and Jack Payne had a strike palmed away from 20 yards.
That brought the close of the first half and Southend were relatively comfortable and worthy of their lead.
After the break, Payne was again at the forefront of a Blues attack, but his strike hit the side netting and not the inside of the right post as some of the home fans had initially believed.
And from the goal kick, Gillingham went up the other end to equalise.
A cross from the left hand side picked out Norris who fired passed Bentley in front of the away supporters.
Gillingham were in the ascendancy after taking the lead and went close through Andrew Croft’s deflected volley.
A last-ditch tackle from Ben Coker denied Dominic Samuel a sight at goal as the game got more and more stretched.
Barnett had a chance which came to him quickly from Sam McQueen’s cross, and the front-man couldn’t adjust his feet in time.
Wordsworth teed up Payne from a tight angle and he sliced one wide of the left post as the game entered the closing minutes.
And neither team could snatch it late on, the game ending with a point apiece for both.
So now we wait to see what the next meeting holds as Blues kick off their 2016/17 season at Home to Gillingham on Saturday 6 August (3pm kick off).
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