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TALKING POINTS: WOKING (A)

11 February 2022

Southend United head to the Laithwaite Community Stadium on Saturday as they face Woking in the 5:20 PM kick-off live on BT Sport.

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

How The Tables Turn

When Blues hosted Woking at Roots Hall in November there was a completely different fate facing both teams. At the time, Southend were one point and one place above the relegation zone whilst their counterparts sat in 10th, just five points from the play-offs. Now though, thanks to an extraordinary run, Blues find themselves in 13th, above Woking, who now sit 14th, three points behind. In the November fixture, Woking ran out 2-0 winners with top goalscorer Tahvon Campbell on the scoresheet. Unfortunately for The Cardinals’ fans, Campbell secured a January move to EFL side Rochdale, leaving goals hard to come by for the Surrey side. They have failed to score in two of their last three games.

Dennis the Menace

The Norwich City loanee seems to have had a second coming since Christmas. Scoring six goals in seven league matches, his poacher's instincts have seen himself terrorise defences in recent weeks. The 19-year-old saw himself voted as Blues’ January Player of the Month and will be looking to carry on his strong performances in front of the BT Sport cameras this weekend.

Don’t stop us now, we’re having such a good time!

“When will this end?” has been a phrase renowned amongst Blues’ fans in recent years, unfortunately for the wrong reasons. However, thanks to the work of Kevin Maher, Darren Currie, Mark Bentley, and the rest of the backroom staff, “when will this end?” has been replaced with “please, never end!” Blues top the National League form chart in the last six games, their best form since January 2017 where Phil Brown’s League One side went 13 games without defeat. Blues are currently eight unbeaten and will be hoping to match, or even better, this record over the coming month.

Curse of the Commentator?

Saturday’s game will be Blues’ fourth appearance in front of the BT cameras this season and they’ll be looking to change an unwelcome record. Southend are yet to win on the 5:20 kick-off, having picked up just one out of a possible nine points. Their first appearance saw Blues welcome Stockport to Roots Hall in August where they lost 1-0, before travelling to Blundell Park in November where they fell to another 1-0 defeat at the hands of Grimsby, who were top of the league at the time. Blues’ third and most recent appearance on BT was on Boxing Day, where Matt Dennis’ 67th minute strike gained a point on the road.

Woe-king

Under-fire Woking manager Alan Dowson will be hoping to spoil Blues’ party on Saturday, as Woking look to gain a much needed three points. The Cardinals have been in poor form of late, having won just three games since last visiting Roots Hall in November. This has seen Woking fall down the National League table, as they have picked up just 11 out of a possible 36 points. This, in addition to the departure of top goalscorer Tahvon Campbell, has left for some pretty bleak viewing for the Woking faithful.


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