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Junior Blues Match Report: Bradford Edition

3 September 2018

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Below is Lauren's JB match report for the Bradford game that was featured in the Charlton programme.

Good afternoon to everyone at Roots Hall and welcome to a Sky Bet League One fixture, Southend United vs Charlton Athletic. I’m today’s Junior Blues reporter and this is my report on the Bradford game. I’m a season ticket holder with my mum, dad and my brother Will, sitting in the East stand. I’ve supported Southend since I was 5 and the first game I went to was home against Plymouth Argyle in August 2013.

Roots Hall welcomed back Jack Payne and Josh Wright in the Bradford team. Their return was bitter sweet as Southend ran out comfortable with a 2-0 victory with 2nd half goals from Blues strikers Hopper and Cox. Bradford rarely threatened the blues giving Southend our first win of the season.

Southend’s first goal came from a flowing move starting with Mantom’s pass to Kightly, crossing from the left wing to Hopper, rising perfectly with a firm header which passed the Bradford goalkeeper in the 52nd minute. Blues were in total control of the game with midfielders Mantom and Dieng in total control. New Bradford skipper Wright was merely a spectator, the move in the summer seeing Wright changing clubs with Dieng appears to be excellent transfer business from blues boss Chris Powell.

In the 56th minute Blues made certain of all 3 points with another similar move down the left flank seeing Coker crossing to an unmarked Cox to score the header from 10 yards. In truth Blues were not at their best but they were too strong for a poor Bradford side. The most important thing was that we got our first win of the season.

Attention then turned to two tricky away fixtures, Southend unfortunately losing 2-0 to a newly promoted Luton team in a disappointing night at Kenilworth Road.  Followed by Bristol Rovers away where my dad, brother and I travelled to the Memorial Stadium when blues came home with a 1-0 well deserved victory. A win win for me because we also got to meet our away shirt sponsor Sam Mantom.

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