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Match Report: Southend 0-0 Rochdale

2 September 2017

Rochdale were able to hold Blues to a 0-0 draw despite being put down to 10-men early on in the second half, meaning Blues had to settle for a third consecutive draw.
 
Phil Brown had to make changes to his defence due to the injuries picked up by John White and Anton Ferdinand, on top of those to Rob Keirnan, Michael Turner, Ben Coker and the absence of Jason Demetriou.
 
Just as the game kicked off Jimmy McNulty gave Jermaine McGlashan a taste of what was to come in the game ahead with a very strong tackle that swept the winger off his feet, but no foul given by the referee.
 
Blues' first chance came from Simon Cox who set up a long cross that swung into the box for McLaughlin in the second minute but he didn’t get a head to it.
 
Jordan Williams took Rochdale’s only chance in the first half with a well taken shot that smashed into the crossbar, the chance came from Ian Henderson’s skilled footwork that outwitted Stephen Hendrie and sent a low cross into the box but no player made a connection and Williams was left with a shot on goal after scrambling for the ball.
 
Michael Timlin was taken down in the final third but referee said play on which allowed Blues to build up as Stephen McLaughlin rounded Rochdale’s Harrison McGahey and fired Blues' first shot on target but the goal bound shot was deflected which left Brendan Moore collecting the left overs to his side.
 
Bwomono continued to perform well as a step in right back as he applied pressure on the advancing Jordan Williams and blocked the wingers' shot to deny Rochdale a chance on goal.
 
The duo of McGlashan and Elvis Bwomono proved dangerous to the Rochdale defence as McGlashan played Elvis through for the 18-year-old right back to send the ball back into the box but no Blues player connected and Rochdale kicked the ball out for a corer kick.
 
McLaughlin took the corner on the right hand side sending the ball flying into the box with Leonard jumping up to make a connection but he missed the ball by a whisker leaving the opposition to clear their lines.
 
In the final seconds of the first half Blues midfielder Ryan Leonard was brought down in the penalty area with Tim Robinson blowing up instantly to award Blues with a penalty shortly before the break.
 
Simon Cox took the penalty and sent it down the left hand side of goal which was also Rochdale’s hero Brendan Moore’s chosen side to dive as he pushed the shot away leaving Cox to scramble for the rebound but the striker stretched too far and the referee blew the whistle and awarded Dale a free kick also giving Cox a yellow card on half time.
 
Blues continued to make chances in the second half but no one could find the special touch to send the ball into the back of the net.
 
Cox ran onto the ball from around 20-yards out and saw the opportunity to take a shot which came close to opening the scoring but it sailed just past the post.
 
Ian Henderson saw red four minutes into the second half after a harsh tackle on Stephen Hendrie which meant Rochdale were down to 10-men for the remainder of the game.
 
Blues made their first change with the substitution of Fortune for the returning Nile Ranger to a standing ovation. The second substitution came in the 54th minute with Dru Yearwood replacing Stephen Hendrie which saw a reshuffle of the squad seeing Timlin push to left back.
 
Blues second real chance of the game came when Harry Kyprianou played Nile Ranger through to which the striker flicked the ball onto McGlashan who ran down the wing and cut inside only to send the ball over the bar.
 
The referee stopped play after Rochdale’s Andrew Cannon was seen grabbing his head after a tumble between the legs of Dru Yearwood and Matthew Done. The ball was brought back into play and was sent to Mark Oxley who had seen very little of the ball all game.
 
The start of Blues' onslaught came from Dru Yearwood’s run that saw him fly past the Rochdale midfield leaving an opportunity to shoot but the young midfielder didn’t get enough power behind it and it went straight to the keeper.
 
Theo Robinson made an impact on the game from the bench a few minutes after coming on with a great chance on the edge of the box but it went just wide of the post.
 
Blues kept pushing for the all important deicsive goal and applied the pressure from corner kicks with Ranger coming close but only to have his shot deflected out for another corner, this time with the ball being cleared out to Kyprianou.
 
Blues fans were crying out for another penalty when Ryan Leonard went down inside the box following a touch on the ball which saw him make contact with Jordan Williams studs, but despite the uproar the referee continued play.
 
The last real chance for Blues saw Ranger brought down outside the box leaving Kightly to take the close range shot, but he failed to get enough power on it and sent it straight into the opposition’s defence and the referee awarded a free kick to Rochdale after an infringement in the box.
 
Elvis Bwomono was rightfully voted Man of the Match after an exceptional performance as replacement right back as Demetriou is on international duty giving Phil Brown a hard decision for next week’s game.

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