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2018/19 Season Review: A tough couple of months

31 May 2019

February and March was a testing time for Blues as results nose-dived which had lasting consequences for Chris Powell's time at the club.

Blues went the duration of the two months without managing to pick up a win anywhere, although they were unlucky against Charlton and Blackpool, while also showing fight to come from 3-0 down at home to Portsmouth to claim a point thanks to a Simon Cox hat-trick.

The first fixture of February saw the Blues host Bristol Rovers, a team that they beat 1-0 away earlier on in the season, but the reverse fixture was a disappointing 2-1 defeat with former assistant manager Graham Coughlan in the opposition's dugout.

A trip to The Valley was next up and things looked promosing when a long-range Stephen Humphrys strike gave us the advantage, but Dru Yearwood's straight red card in the 27th minute made it an uphill task. Blues held onto the lead until the 60th minute and that’s how it finished, the points shared.

The rearranged Doncaster game was played following the Charlton draw and this finished in a comfortable 3-0 win for the home side.

But in response, Blues showed their character in abundance against Portsmouth and in front of the watching nation on Sky Sports. After going 3-0 down inside 31 minutes, a Simon Cox goal in the 36th sparked a brilliant comeback with Cox scoring again in the 77th from the penalty spot. He completed his hat-trick in the 87th minute for hard-earned point against the promotion chasers.

Accrington Stanley away on the 23rd February was next for Southend and this finished up 1-1, another draw for Blues to close out the month of February.

The beginning of March saw another televised game on home soil against Barnsley, but this time the Tykes held onto their 3-0 lead. Blues came agonisingly close to three points at Bloomfield Road on 9 March but a 96th minute own goal from Taylor Moore meant Southend were forced to leave Blackpool with a point in a 2-2 draw.

The next two games were an away trip to Scunthorpe and a home game against AFC Wimbledon, disappointingly Southend didn’t pick up a single point in these two games, losing 4-1 to Scunthorpe and 1-0 against Wimbledon.

The last two games of March weren’t much better either, as Peterborough won to end Powell’s time at Southend and then Shrewsbury won 2-0 at Roots Hall as Ricky Duncan and Kevin Maher took temporary charge. Blues picked up one point in the whole of March which put us right into the relegation battle.

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