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2016/17 Season Review - February

18 June 2017

There were twists and turns aplenty in February, but the long and short of it in terms of league position for Southend United was one of stability.

Blues pulled off some vital wins, but also dropped points unnecessarily in their battle for a play-off place, starting the month in seventh and finishing it in seventh.
 
When they looked unstoppable, then followed an unexpected slip-up.
 
Goals from Marc-Antione Fortune, Simon Cox and Ryan Leonard saw Blues come from behind against Scunthorpe United at Roots Hall at the start of the month, but February also included dropped points against Northampton and Gillingham.
 
There was an unlucky defeat away to Millwall, a game which Will Atkinson saw red, followed by a gutsy 2-0 win away to Oxford days later as Theo Robinson got off the mark in his second spell at Blues.
 
Out in front as the best performance in February was the 4-1 rout away to Peterborough.
 
Jason Demetriou claimed the opener, followed by Fortune, Anthony Wordsworth and a goal to remember for Michael Timlin hours after the birth of his daughter.
 
But the month ended on a sour note, a 2-1 defeat away to Gillingham in front of a hefty Blues contingent on a cold afternoon in Kent.
 
Player of the Month: Marc-Antoine Fortune
 
Fortune was the clear winner of the DeVines Player of the Month award where he beat off Ryan Leonard, Adam Thompson and Ben Coker.
 
Fortune finished with 48% of he vote, Leonard came in second with 22% followed by Thompson on 19% and Coker with 11%.
 
Fortune started every game in February and earned plaudits with his outstanding hold up play.
 
But it was his goals that came the fore in February as he found the back of the net on three occasions. 
 
He opened the scoring against Scunthorpe in the 3-1 win, grabbed the first again in the 2-0 win over Oxford and the second of a 4-1 win at Peterborough. 
 
 
Memorable Match: Peterborough 4-1 Southend
 

 
February results:
 
Scunthorpe United (H) W 3-1
 
Millwall (A) L 0-1
 
Oxford United (A) W 2-0
 
Northampton Town (H) D 2-2
 
Peterborough United (A) W 4-1
 
Gillingham (A) L 2-1