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5 TALKING POINTS: FC HALIFAX TOWN (H)

22 April 2022

Southend United host high-flying FC Halifax Town at Roots Hall on Saturday.

We’ve taken a look at some talking points ahead of the fixture.

Back to Winning Ways

Monday’s victory in the capital came as a welcome relief to Head Coach Kevin Maher, putting an end to five straight defeats. Three goals and a penalty save from Steve Arnold did the job at The Hive, as Harry Cardwell converted from the spot early on before two unlikely goalscorers in Jason Demetriou and James Dunne made sure of the three points. Blues will be looking to build on their 3-1 victory when they return to Roots Hall on Saturday to face FC Halifax Town, the first of four remaining home games.

High-flying Halifax!

Blues will have to be at their absolute best to beat Halifax. The Shaymen currently sit third in the table under manager Pete Wild, with the West Yorkshire side enjoying a fantastic run which has seen them lose just twice in 13 games, picking up 27 points in that time. With league leaders Stockport County still to play five of the top 10 in their remaining six fixtures, including against second-place Wrexham and Halifax themselves, Wild will be hoping his side can pick up maximum points between now and May 15th to capitalise on any potential, albeit unlikely, slip-up that the two sides above them may make. They are hunting a first ever appearance in the English Football League since reformation in 2008.

Anything but over

Kevin Maher insists his side have not in any way given up this season. Despite having already secured survival - the job tasked of Maher when he was appointed - and the play-offs being mathematically out of reach, the 45-year-old will not let his side labour over the finish line. Blues currently sit 13th in the table on 50 points, just one point and one place behind Yeovil Town who occupy the final spot in the top half. Blues will be looking to meet the Head Coach’s high expectations to finish strong, before an important pre-season comes around in the summer.

Busy, busy, busy!

Blues kick off a busy nine days of football on Saturday, as they play out four games in just over a week. After Saturday’s match against Halifax, Blues will play their final midweek fixture of the season, as they welcome Boreham Wood to Roots Hall. The North London side spent the majority of the season at the summit of the National League table, but have fallen off recently, currently sitting 10th. After, attention will quickly turn to 30th April where a trip to Wales awaits, as Blues go up against a rampant AFC Wrexham at the Racecourse Ground. 48 hours later, Blues head back home on Monday 2nd May where strugglers Weymouth FC visit Roots Hall. The squad will be fully utilised, you would expect.

Home advantage?

There have been a number of positive changes since Kevin Maher took the reins at Southend in October, one of them being a vast improvement in home form. Blues have won more games than lost at Roots Hall this season for the first time since 2018, and with four home games remaining, Maher and his charges will want to keep that welcome record. To do so, Blues will have to avoid an untimely stat on Saturday by not losing three games on the trot at Roots Hall for the first time this season. It will be a tough task, Halifax have lost just five times on their travels this season.


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