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Blues In The News: Rochdale 0-0 Southend

14 March 2018

Blues secured a hard earned point against Rochdale last night at Spotland, but, ultimately drew back to back games 0-0 for the first time since March 2014...

Here's what various sections of the media had to say about the game.

Southend Echo

SOUTHEND United were held to a second successive 0-0 draw as their rearranged clash at Rochdale ended goalless last night.

The Shrimpers had been looking to bounce back to winning ways following Saturday’s stalemate with Doncaster Rovers.

But Chris Powell’s side were unable to work their way onto the score-sheet as Blues recorded back to back 0-0 draws for the first time since March 2014.

Relegation threatened Rochdale had the better of the first half and came close to breaking the deadlock in the 18th minute when Andrew Cannon headed Scott Wiseman’s right wing cross wide of the left post.

Moments later, a well struck low shot from Ian Henderson was parried to safety by Shrimpers goalkeeper Mark Oxley before Blues hit back with Marc-Antoine Fortune selfishly firing into the side-netting from a narrow angle with Anthony Wordsworth and Michael Kightly both in good positions inside the penalty area.

Dale soon replied with Bradden Inman having a powerful 20 yard shot pushed away by Oxley before a dangerous right wing cross from Stephen Humphrys flew across the face of goal.

With the hosts remaining on top, Henderson then headed Inman’s accurate delivery over the crossbar from 10 yards in the closing action of the first half.

At the start of the second period and, in a bid to get into the game, Blues switched from a 4-3-3 formation to 4-4-2 with Shayon Harrison moving into a central striking role alongside Fortune.

The alterations also saw Wordsworth move out onto the left flank but it was still Dale who stayed on top with Oxley doing well to bravely deny the dangerous Henderson.

After surviving the scare, play soon switched back to the other end of the field where strong shouts for a penalty following a Ryan Delaney challenge on Fortune were waved away by referee Eddie Ilderton.

The frustrated Shrimpers stayed on the front foot and, in the 65th minute, they registered their first shot on target as a swerving long range shot from Wordsworth was saved by Dale goalkeeper Josh Lillis.

In a further bid to make a breakthrough, Blues boss Powell made his first change of the night just two minutes later with Stephen McLaughlin replacing Harrison before Freddie Ladapo took the place of Fortune in the 83rd minute.

However, the Shrimpers rarely threatened and were forced to settle for a share of the spoils as they failed to score for the third game in succession.

Sky Sports

SOUTHEND United were held to a second successive 0-0 draw as their rearranged clash at Rochdale ended goalless last night.

The Shrimpers had been looking to bounce back to winning ways following Saturday’s stalemate with Doncaster Rovers.

But Chris Powell’s side were unable to work their way onto the score-sheet as Blues recorded back to back 0-0 draws for the first time since March 2014.

Relegation threatened Rochdale had the better of the first half and came close to breaking the deadlock in the 18th minute when Andrew Cannon headed Scott Wiseman’s right wing cross wide of the left post.

Moments later, a well struck low shot from Ian Henderson was parried to safety by Shrimpers goalkeeper Mark Oxley before Blues hit back with Marc-Antoine Fortune selfishly firing into the side-netting from a narrow angle with Anthony Wordsworth and Michael Kightly both in good positions inside the penalty area.

Dale soon replied with Bradden Inman having a powerful 20 yard shot pushed away by Oxley before a dangerous right wing cross from Stephen Humphrys flew across the face of goal.

With the hosts remaining on top, Henderson then headed Inman’s accurate delivery over the crossbar from 10 yards in the closing action of the first half.

At the start of the second period and, in a bid to get into the game, Blues switched from a 4-3-3 formation to 4-4-2 with Shayon Harrison moving into a central striking role alongside Fortune.

The alterations also saw Wordsworth move out onto the left flank but it was still Dale who stayed on top with Oxley doing well to bravely deny the dangerous Henderson.

After surviving the scare, play soon switched back to the other end of the field where strong shouts for a penalty following a Ryan Delaney challenge on Fortune were waved away by referee Eddie Ilderton.

The frustrated Shrimpers stayed on the front foot and, in the 65th minute, they registered their first shot on target as a swerving long range shot from Wordsworth was saved by Dale goalkeeper Josh Lillis.

In a further bid to make a breakthrough, Blues boss Powell made his first change of the night just two minutes later with Stephen McLaughlin replacing Harrison before Freddie Ladapo took the place of Fortune in the 83rd minute.

However, the Shrimpers rarely threatened and were forced to settle for a share of the spoils as they failed to score for the third game in succession.

Rochdale

Rochdale couldn’t find the goal their play deserved, having to settle for a goalless draw against Southend United at the Crown Oil Arena.

Dale went close a number of times in a first-half they dominated, before a more even second-half also ended in a stalemate in the first of three home games in a week for Keith Hill’s men.

There was a late change to the starting line-up, as Joe Rafferty was replaced by Scott Wiseman. Otherwise, Dale were unchanged from the weekend’s victory at Rotherham United.

Dale started strongly, with Bradden Inman, Matty Done and Andy Cannon all testing the Southend defence in the opening ten minutes.

Cannon then headed wide a Wiseman cross from the right, before Ian Henderson was denied by Mark Oxley from the edge of the area.

The visitors’ first effort came through Marc Antoine-Fortune, who crashed one into the side netting shortly before the half-hour mark.

Keith Hill’s side continued to dominate the opening period, as Cannon had an effort palmed away after sustained pressure on the Shrimpers’ penalty area, before Stephen Humphrys flashed the ball across the face of goal with no Dale player quite close enough to tap-in.

With the final chance of the half, Inman did well to beat his marker before whipping in a superb cross, which was headed narrowly over the bar by Henderson who made a darting run to the near post.

Henderson came close after the break too, when he got a slight touch to Humphrys’ excellent through ball, although Mark Oxley was out quickly to clear.

Humphrys was then replaced by Steven Davies, shortly before a double substitution of Ollie Rathbone and Alex Dobre for Inman and Cannon.

Anthony Wordsworth and Stephen McLaughlin sent efforts at goal for the visitors, whilst Davies saw a half-volley beaten away by Oxley.

Dobre’s cut inside and following shot was held comfortably by Oxley has he tried to make the difference, whilst Josh Wright saw a shot dip over the crossbar for the visitors.

Michael Turner headed over for Southend in added time with the last chance of the game, as Dale had to settle for just the one point.

Rochdale Online

Rochdale were left frustrated after a dominant first half performance yielded no goals despite giving Southend goalkeeper Mark Oxley and his defenders plenty to do - Matt Done, Andy Cannon and Ian Henderson all being denied on more than one occasion.

Southend improved in the second half, although Lillis was rarely tested.

Rochdale manager Kieth Hill was forced into a late change to his starting eleven when wing back Joe Rafferty was injured in the warm up. Scott Wiseman deputised whilst Kgosi Ntlhe stepped up to the substitutes bench.

On the back of successive away wins, confidence was high Rochdale looked to continue their recent good form and took the game to their opponents from the off.

A good bit of play involving Wiseman, Cannon and Done ended with the latter seeing his goal bound effort deflected over for a corner. From the flag kick, a Cannon volley at the back post was bravely blocked by Wordsworth.

Cannon went close again midway through the first half when he glanced a Wiseman cross from the right just wide of the mark.

Captain Ian Henderson warmed the hands of Oxley with a ferocious volley just short of the half hour mark as Dale dominated proceedings.

In fact, it took until the 29th minute for Southend to register any kind of shot - Marc Antione Fortune hitting the side netting with an angled shot.

Dale tried to turn up the heat as the half wore on but could not force a goal.

Southend’s goal led a charmed life in the final five minutes with Ferdinand and Turner clearing their lines when Cannon saw his shot well saved by Oxley.

Henderson flashed a free header just over the bar from an Inman cross in the last action of the first half.

Southend came out after the break looking better, although they still could not really trouble Lillis in the Rochdale goal.

Dale came close to opening the deadlock nine minutes after the restart when Humphrys through ball was seized upon by Henderson with the captain only denied by the quick actions of Oxley who raced out to clear.

The introduction of Steven Davies and Alex Dobre gave Southend something else to think about. A dipping Davis volley was beaten away by Oxley whilst Dobre jinked his way into decent positions but could not repeat his heroics of the game at Walsall last week.

The stalemate means Dale are now six points from safety with three games in hand and with AFC Wimbledon and Fleetwood to come in the next seven days at the Crown Oil Arena, they will still believe they can escape the trouble they are currently in.


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