December saw the continuation of the sensational form that Southend worked so hard to find, as they maintained their resurgence in the league, completing another month unbeaten in the league at the end of 2016.
The troubles of early season were long gone and Blues were on the rise up Sky Bet League One, scaling the heights of the play-off places at the turn of the year.
By the start of 2017, the unbeaten run had reached 12 games, although there was disappointment in the Checkatrade Trophy.
A penalty shoot-out defeat to Oxford at Roots Hall at the start of the month ended hopes of a Wembley appearance in that particular competition, but attention swiftly turned to the potential of one in the Play-Off Final.
Blues breezed past lowly Coventry 3-1 thanks to Anthony Wordsworth, Anton Ferdinand and Stephen McLaughlin and then Oldham thanks to Nile Ranger and Jermaine McGlashan.
On Boxing Day Simon Cox was at the double against AFC Wimbledon but Blues were held to a 1-1 draw on New Year’s Eve, which saw Stephen McLaughlin suffer an ankle ligament injury.
In a crucial month in the season, Blues moved from 10th at the start to sixth at the end of December.
Player of the Month: Simon Cox
Cox pipped Anton Ferdinand, Ryan Leonard and Adam Thompson to the DeVines Player of the Month award with 47 per cent of the vote.
Cox scored three goals, two against AFC Wimbledon and one against Charlton.
Memorable Match: Southend 3-0 AFC Wimbledon
Oxford United (Cup) (H) L 1-1 (3-4 on penalties)
Coventry City (H) W 3-1
Oldham Athletic (A) W 2-0
AFC Wimbledon (H) W 3-0
Charlton Athletic (H) D 1-1