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23 May 2016

We take a look back at the 2015/16 season.

November began with Blues exiting the Emirates FA Cup at the first hurdle in a 2-1 defeat to Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park.

A Paddy Madden brace either side of a Ryan Leonard equaliser on the half hour mark was enough to grant the Iron safe passage to Round Two of the competition.

From disappointment in one competition to delight in another as Blues defeated Bristol Rovers 1-0 to reach the Area Semi-Finals of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

The Skipper’s 11th minute header was his second goal in 12 years, nodding in from Kevan Hurst’s cross at Roots Hall.

There was no way back for Rovers as Dan Bentley was found to be in superb form between the sticks. Blues would face Millwall in the next stage as they were two rounds away from booking a Wembley return.

Southend showed their capability to cut it with big boys as they raced into a two goal lead at Sheffield United.

A stunner from Ryan Leonard broke the deadlock as he smashed home a 25-yard half volley.

As the rain lashed down on Bramall Lane, Jack Payne put daylight between the sides as he slotted home with a low strike.

Jose Baxter tapped in from close range to bring the Blades back into the game, before Neill Collins drew the home side level.

Nigel Adkins’ side hit the woodwork twice in the second half but Blues held firm to claim a strong point against the pre-season favourites.

Adam Thompson started and finished the winning goal at home to Blackpool with hard work and determination.

The centre half broke out from defence and carried the ball into the Tangerines half before playing the ball wide to Payne. The 23-year-old then carried on his run into the area to latch on to David Worrall’s cross to give his team a 1-0 victory.

A narrow home win was followed by a comprehensive 5-2 thrashing of Oldham Athletic at Park.

Jack Payne and David Mooney put Southend two to the good at the break, before David Worrall headed in to make it 3-0.

A Michael Higdon double brought the Latics back into the match before Will Atkinson and Luke Prosser ended the game as a contest.

The month finished with a credible 0-0 draw against eventual Champions Wigan Athletic at Roots Hall. That result saw Blues finish the month in eighth position in the table on 31 points after 20 played.

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