Cast your vote...
Southend United are asking fans to vote for their December DeVines Player of the Month.
You can vote for the following candidates:
- Jason Demetriou
- Stephen McLaughlin
- Simon Cox
- Mark Oxley
Jason Demetriou played a key part of Phil Brown's side this month, with the defender opening the scoring against Oldham from the penalty spot, as he confidently sent Johny Placide the wrong way, ending a run of three straight penalty misses from the Blues. Later in the month he was selected to play on the right wing against Scunthorpe, a move which paid off as he netted his fourth goal of the season with a 30-yard strike that took a deflection to wrong-foot Matt Gilks in the Scunthorpe net.
Stephen McLaughlin has been sitting comfortably at the top of Blues assist table and this month he added three more to his tally. His first this month came against Oldham when the midfielder swung in a cross from the by-line, leaving Josh Wright open to smash home a volley from inside the box. His second helped fellow nominee Demetriou score against Scunthorpe, after cutting inside from the wing and laying the ball off to the unmarked defender who made use of his space. The final assist came in Blues' last game in 2017 against Shrewsbury Town. McLaughlin fired a quick corner into the visitor's box, which found the head of an unmarked Ryan Leonard who pulled one back for Blues.
Simon Cox netted his 100th and 101st career league goals this month, with both of them coming against Charlton on Boxing Day. Cox gave fans a late Christmas present just two minutes into the first half, scoring his 100th league goal with a well timed strike from inside the penalty box. The second came in the 79th minute, once again from inside the box but this time Cox struck the ball on the volley, sending Ben Amos the wrong way to confirm three points for Southend.
Mark Oxley was also in fine form in Decemeber. Despite conceding 13 goals, Blues had their number one to thank on many occassions when he kept their one-goal advantage at the time by saving a penalty against Oldham. Oxley was also in top form against Bristol Rovers, and had he not produced a number of fine stops then the scoreline could have been worse than 3-0. Again, against Scunthorpe Oxley was called upon before going off at half time.
You can cast your vote on our official Twitter account @SUFCRootsHall and you have until Friday 5th January to place it.