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2016/17 Season Review - March

22 June 2017

Moving into the crucial stages of the season, Southend United looked liked they had thrown their play-off chances away, only to finish the month of March strongly and revive their prospects.

Drawing 1-1 with relegation threatened teams was hardly going to be a shot across the bows to Blues’ rivals, but it might have been an important point come the end of the season was the outlook after.

However, losing so convincingly, so easily even, at Bristol Rovers 2-0 looked more a nail in the coffin.

What was needed was a response away to Coventry City, and that was what Phil Brown got as Nile Ranger and Ryan Leonard scored in a 2-0 win.

It was much-needed, and gave Blues hope where it had dissipated after the manner of the defeat at the Memorial Stadium.

Then came that game at home to Walsall. That comeback.

2-0 down, after goals from Frank Moussa no-less, inspired stuff in the second half led Blues to a rousing 3-2 win. Nile Ranger started it off, Anton Ferdinand brought Blues level before Simon Cox struck with an expertly taken free kick. Cue pandemonium.

It was all about following that up at Kingsmeadow, and Blues were professional enough to win 2-0 and end the month back in the play-off places, three points clear of seventh-placed Millwall, three points, and a game less played, than fifth-placed Bradford. 

All to play for in the final month.

Player of the Month: Nile Ranger 

The striker was in lethal form in March as he scored three goals in three games, including his first ever at Roots Hall.

Ranger bagged the opener early on in the 2-0 win at Coventry, before the first goal to help Blues beat Walsall 3-2 as well as a stunning individual effort at The Cherry Red Records stadium against AFC Wimbledon which was something to behold.

Memorable Match: Southend 3-2 Walsall

February results:

Port Vale (H) D 1-1

Bristol Rovers (A) L 0-2

Coventry City (A) W 2-0

Walsall (H)  3-2

AFC Wimbledon (A) 2-0

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