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15/16 SEASON REVIEW | December

27 May 2016

We take a look back at the 15/16 season

An area semi-final in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy against Millwall provided an opportunity kick start the festive month of December with a slice of cup magic. 

Sadly, there was no repeat of September’s New Den heroics this time, as Blues went down 2-0 to the Lions at Roots Hall.

Steve Morison and Shaun Williams were the match winners on a bitter Tuesday night under the lights, as former Southend man, Neil Harris enjoyed a successful return to Roots Hall in the away dugout. 

As the month moved on, it showed no promise of a white Christmas, more a torrential wash out, as Southend’s trip to Bradford City was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

After an unscheduled week off, a Friday night fixture with Bury certainly provided Blues’ fans with some early christmas cheer as they defeated the Shakers 4-1 at Roots Hall.

Noel Hunt bagged a brace as Blues raced into a two goal lead in the first half. The striker showed his poaching instincts by tucking in after Ben Coker's shot hit the bar before doubling the advantage following an error from Bury goalkeeper Dan Bachmann.

Leon Clarke pulled a goal back for Bury just before the interval as he was played through direct from the back.

Dave Mooney bridged the gap again from the spot after Nathan Cameron brought down Jack Payne in the box, before the playmaker got amongst the act himself by smashing into the top corner to seal the win.

The victory saw Blues jump above Bury in the table and move into seventh place, outside the play-offs on goal difference.

If the Bury result put smiles on fans’ faces, a boxing day derby demolition of Colchester United at the Weston Homes Community Stadium sent them to dreamland.

Southend ruined the welcoming party of new U’s boss, Kevin Keen as goals from John White and David Mooney took the bragging rights back to Southend.

Blues went ahead when White fired a first-time volley past the unsighted Elliot Parish to send the supporters behind the goal into a state of delirium. 

The visitors were two to the good when Noel Hunt picked the pocket of George Elokobi and played through Mooney who rounded the keeper to confirm the points. 

It was a successful 2015 that saw Southend back in the third-tier and bringing it to the big boys, but unfortunately Phil Brown’s side couldn’t see the calendar year out with a win as they were comprehensively beaten 4-0 at home to Millwall.

As Roots Hall was packed to the rafters the script - as it was at the start of the month - was torn up by the Lions as Joe Martin, Shaun Cummings, Fred Onyedinma and Aiden O'Brien secured victory for the away side. 

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