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17/18 Season Review - February

7 June 2018

The month of February may be the shortest of the year, but that didn't stop Blues from bringing the most success of the season in that time...

Southend played four games in February, in which they ended their winless run away from home, as well as beating top of the table Wigan and Portsmouth at Roots Hall.

It all started with Chris Powell's first away game as Blues manager.

The fixture saw them take on Peterborough and with the confidence from the 3-2 win over Scunthorpe in the last game, the team's morale was on the up.

Southend started the game well and after just seven minutes they went in front courtesy of Jason Demetriou's spot-kick.

But Blues were made to work hard for all three points, with Mark Oxley pulling off a number of impressive saves to help his side earn their first three points from home for the first time since 28th October 2017.

A week later and the toughest challenge of the season came around, facing 1st placed Wigan.

The game went straight into Blues favor with Michael Turner heading a Stephen McLaughlin's free-kick into the net. Marc-Antoine Fortune doubled the lead after some quick one-two football between the team that put the forward on goal to slot the ball between the advancing keepers' legs.

Wigan's James Vaughan pulled one back after being subbed on but Chris Powell's side made sure they finished off the Latics in style as Michael Kightly tucked away Simon Cox's deflected shot on goal.

A Tuesday night game against bottom of the table Bury was next up for Southend.

The game was mainly in control of Blues, but the hosts had a number of opportunities that had they taken advantage of, they could have won the game.

With neither teams scoring a point away from home couldn't be argued with after Southend's away record this season.

The final game of the month saw the visit of Portsmouth, a game that's always been a great turnout whether home or away for Blues and this time a huge 9,397 supports came to watch the two sides meet.

With the previous result between them ending in a 1-0 win for Pompey; Powell wanted to make sure the right result came out this time.

Just six minutes into the game Southend were gifted the lead with Portsmouth's Matt Clarke tipping the ball in his own net. Blues doubled their lead with Jason Demetriou netting a wonderful strike from outside the box.

Pormpey got themselves back in the game before the break when Gareth Evans tapped in from close range and the visitors pressed for an equaliser early in the second-half.

But a red card for Nathan Thompson in the second-half meant the game was going to be an uphill struggle for the visitors and later on in the half Jason Demetriou doubled his tally with a close-range finish.

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