Southend United’s hopes of an early Christmas present were shattered after suffering a 2-1 defeat to Rochdale at Roots Hall…
Callum Camps' late header secured the win for the visitors in the dying minutes of the game and now makes it three games against the Dale without a win.
Powell made just one change to the starting XI with youngster Nathan Bishop coming in to replace the injured Mark Oxley, who was rested due to a back problem.
Southend kicked the game off but lost possession rather quickly and the visitors almost capitalized on it. Ian Henderson found some space on the edge of the box and takes a shot but it hit Taylor Moore’s outstretched leg.
Moments later and the first card of the game was shown after Ollie Rathbone stamped on the leg of John White.
Southend’s first chance of the game came just before the 10-minute mark, Sam Mantom switched sides by sending a high ball into the feet of Stephen McLaughlin who laid the ball off to Theo Robinson, but the forward’s shot on goal went sailing over the bar.
Rochdale had another opportunity on goal at the other end, once again Henderson worked his way into some space and sent a low left-wing cross towards the edge of the box which was connected with a shot from Rathbone but his effort goes inches wide.
Bishop’s first touch of the game was a save high and to the right of his goal, the chance came after Daniel Adshead tried a fierce effort from outside the box.
The visitors took the lead minutes later through some great footwork between Henderson and Jordan Willaims, Rochdale’s skipper played a through ball to Williams who spun Elvis Bwomono and fired a low ball towards Bishop but the ball bounced awkwardly and went through the keeprs legs.
Blues had the chance to equalise just before half-time with Robinson once again receiving the ball on the edge of the box, but his chance went straight at the keeper.
Powell was the only manager to make a change at half-time with McLaughling being taken off and replaced by Shawn McCoulsky.
Southend had a golden opportunity to bring the game level after a quick-counter attack which found McCoulsky on the edge of the box, he back-heeled the ball to Cox who was open to shot, but his curling effort was blocked by Ryan Delaney and sent out for a corner, but Blues couldn’t make anything come of the corner.
The second card of the game was given to Callum Camps who fouled Luke Hyam inside the Southend half.
Rochdale could have made in 2-0 after Joe Rafferty sent a powerful low shot towards goal from the right side of the box, but Moore was to the rescue and his diving block meant the ball went out for a corner.
A number of changes in the middle of the first half saw Rochdale bring off Rafferty and Rathbone and bring on Kgosi Ntlhe and David Perkins. Blues swapped Hyam for Isaac Hutchinson.
Mantom tried an outrageous effort from around 30 yards out, shooting with his left leg the captain’s shot went goalbound and forced Brendan Moore to make a save to push the ball out for a corner.
Blues went to take the corner but the referee waved away to let Rochdale make a sub, but as the change was being made Manger Keith Hill decided to withdraw the sub and let play continue, which in turn meant Hill was shown a yellow card.
When Southend did take the corner the ball was collected by Cox who spun on the edge of the six-yard box and chipped the keeper but the ball bounced off the bar and was booted out for another corner, but Blues couldn’t find the right ball.
Dale eventually made their third change with MJ Williams coming off for Calvin Andrew.
But the change didn’t stop Blues from getting the equaliser, the goal came from a corner on the left hand side. Mantom took the corner-kick and his ball found the head of the high-rising John White, who thumped the ball into the back of the net.
It didn’t take long for Rochdale to regain the lead which sprung from the left-hand side again, Dale’s main man Henderson burst down the wing, chipped the ball into the box and was fired towards go from the head of Callum Camps who bagged the winner.
The defeat moves Blues down to 13th place which is three points and four places above their Boxing Day opponents Oxford United.
The final card of the game went to Timothee Dieng after breaking up a counter-attacl in the centre circle area.
Saturday 22nd December 2018
Roots Hall Stadium
Southend United vs Rochdale (Sky Bet League One)
Referee: Neil Hair
Linesman: Leigh Crowhurst & Matthew Lee
Fourth Official: Graham Kane
Southend United XI: Bishop (GK), Bwomono, Moore, White, Hendrie, Dieng, Mantom ©, Hyam, McLaughlin, Robinson, Cox
SUBS: Smith (GK), Turner, Kightly, Yearwood, Klass, McCoulsky, Hutchinson.
Rochdale XI: Moore (GK), Rafferty, Delaney, Williams, Camps, Williams, Rathbone, Done, Adshead, Gilliam, Henderson ©.
SUBS: Lillis (GK), Ntlhe, McNulty, McGahey, Andrew, Perkins, Morley.
Southend – John White
Rochdale – Ollie Rathbone, Callum Camps
Southend – Timothee Dieng
Rochdale – Ollie Rathbone, Callum Camps
Southend – N/A
Rochdale – N/A