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17/18 Season Review - March

11 June 2018

In comparison to the 18 games that Chris Powell was in the Manager's seat for, March was probably the most challenging of months...

Missed opportunities meant Blues had to suffer with three consecutive draws against struggling opposition and just one win coming in the six games.

The first game of the month was against Walsall, a game which looked to be postponed following the "Beast from the East's" chilling winds and heavy snow coverage throughout the week. 

But the hard-work and effort from staff and supporters of the Club meant the game got the go ahead. 

Unfortunately, Blues' unbeaten run under Chris Powell came to end after Erhun Oztumer netted a second-half hat-trick. 

Seven days later and Southend hosted Doncaster as they looked to make amends to their defeat the previous week. 

Both sides struggled on the boggy pitch and it was Darren Ferguson's charges that got the first attack together. Their efforts were thwarted by the exceptional reflexes of Mark Oxley and he continued his impressive display between the sticks. 

Neither side were able to fully break down the opposition and the game ended in a goalless draw.

Next up was a midweek trip to Rochdale, a game that was previously postponed for a waterlogged pitch in January. This time the game went ahead. 

Having suffered in their previous two games Blues were trying to re-build the confidence, whereas Rochdale had a relegation battle on their minds.

Little in the way of chances for either side meant Blues had to suffer back-to-back goalless draws for the first time since March 2014. 

The miles clocked up and the travelling continued with another away trip, this time to Blackpool to face a Tangerines side who were picking up form this time in the season. 

Blues took the lead just 11 minutes into the first half and they could have doubled their tally but Stephen McLaughlin headed wide of the post following an excellent bit of play between Anthony Wordsworth and Ben Coker. 

As the first half was coming to a close the hosts equalised and that concluded the scoring on the day.

A home clash against fourth-placed Rotherham was the next chance for Chris Powell's side to find that illusive three points. 

Southend were rewarded for a bright start against the Millers when McLaughlin opened the scoring inside the first seven minutes after being played in by Simon Cox. 

Blues could have arguably been more than one goal ahead at the break and they made sure they got their second when Cox latched onto Oxley's ball over the top, beating Semi Ajayi in the penalty box before neatly tucking the ball into the near post. 

The final game of the month was against high-flying Plymouth. 

Within three minutes Blues were on the back foot and from then it was always going to be an uphill struggle. 

The next goal was an unfortunate deflection off the on-loan midfielder Sam Mantom, before Graham Carey made it 3-0 in the opening minutes of the second half. 

The game was rounded off by Ruben Lameiras in the final minutes when the forward reacted to a loose ball inside the area. 


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