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BIG PREVIEW: SOUTHEND VS YEOVIL

11 January 2022

Southend United v Yeovil Town

Overview:

Southend United will be looking to build upon their crucial victory at the weekend, as they go head-to-head with Yeovil Town under the Roots Hall lights this evening. 

Blues secured a huge three points just three days ago, beating Weymouth 1-0 to pull four points clear of the relegation zone.

And Kevin Maher’s side will be gunning to further that gap tonight, but face a tough test against the Glovers who put in a strong performance against Championship leaders Bournemouth in the FA Cup third round on Saturday, a match which ultimately ended in 3-1 victory for the Cherries.

Tonight’s visitors sit 11th in the National League standings, seven points from the play-off spots and 12 points better off than Blues.

Yeovil’s record against Southend makes for grim reading for Blues fans, the side from the West Country a earning 1-0 victory in four of the sides’ last five meetings.

The Opposition:

Formed in 1895, the Glovers have a rich history in England’s top four tiers, but have been resigned to the National League since their relegation from League Two in 2019.

Yeovil were competing in the Championship as recently as 2014, however after their first season in the second tier, they suffered a double relegation back to the Football League’s basement division and suffered from poor form until their eventual drop to the National League.

Upon their arrival to non-league, they appointed former Stevenage manager Darren Sarll, and he has so far navigated the job impressively in difficult circumstances.

Blues striker Rhys Murphy will be greeted by some familiar faces as Yeovil come to town, the 31-year-old enjoyed a fruitful two-year spell with the Somerset club until he signed for Blues last summer. 

Form:

Southend boss Maher has overseen an impressive turn in form in recent weeks with his side losing just once in their last six outings.

In that time, Blues have tasted victory three times, while drawing twice.

And a real positive for Maher’s outfit in their last three outings has been the presence of Matt Dennis in attack, the Norwich City loanee has scored in each of the three matches, his latest strike a well-taken composed finish to secure victory for Southend at Weymouth.

This evening’s visitors travel to Roots Hall having lost all their last three matches.

But the form guide seems harsh on the Glovers, as before their most recent setbacks, they had been on an 11-match unbeaten run in which they achieved nine victories.

From The Boss:

"It shows we’re building in the right direction and it’s important we keep that standard where it’s been the last couple of games," said Maher.

"We’ve done it away from home now we need to transfer it to Roots Hall under the lights tonight.

"Getting an important win like we did at the weekend always build confidence.

"We’ve lost once in six so that should build confidence too and we want to take that into this game.

"It’s been a little while since we’ve been at home after the games were called off.

"We’re delighted to get back in front of the fans and I’m sure they will turn out in good numbers because they always do.

"I’m sure they will get behind us as well and that’s what we need at home.”

Blues’ Team News:

John White will be touch and go for Blues as he has just re-joined training after suffering an injury against Bromley on Boxing Day.

Louis Walsh and Collin Andeng Ndi missed out on Saturday but could feature in the squad tonight having both recovered from Covid-19.

Jack Bridge, James Dunne, Abu Ogogo and Simeon Akinola remain out. 

Ref Watch:

Adrian Quelch will oversee proceedings at Roots Hall tonight.

It’ll be his second trip to Roots Hall this season, having officiated Blues’ 3-2 defeat to Aldershot Town in September.

This season, he has refereed eight National League fixtures, brandishing 34 yellow cards in that time and three reds.

Jeffrey Aldous and Stephen Parkinson will be assistants with Jamaal Horne as fourth official.

Tickets:

Tickets are on sale for the game from the Blues Box Office online, on the phone (0344 477 0077) or in person.

Tickets cost £20 for adults, £15 for concessions and £10 for juniors (9-16) and £5 for a child (8 and under).

Elsewhere in the National League:

Altrincham v Stockport County

Boreham Wood v Wealdstone

FC Halifax v Grimsby

King’s Lynn Town v Notts County

How to Follow:

Blues fans unable to attend Roots Hall will still be able to follow all the live action by subscribing to Blues TV where you’ll get live match commentary from the BBC Essex team from all first-team matches this season.

Blues TV costs £4.49 per month or a one-off cost of £45 for the season, with your subscription not only giving you match commentary, but also exclusive access to extended match highlights, full pre-match press conferences, interviews, features and more.

You can also follow live minute-by-minute updates on social media via the Club’s official Twitter account by following @SUFCRootsHall on Twitter, which will ensure you get all the latest news and more throughout the 2021/22 season.

Matchday programme:

The matchday programme ‘Roots Review’ is a special 'Match for Mind' edition as the Club shines a light on the importance of speaking out and encourgaing those who suffer with mental health issues to seek help.

The matchday magazine will be available to buy outside the stadium from the programme hut and the West Stand ticket office.

The programme hut is based at the bottom of the main car park off Victoria Avenue, which along with a dedicated programme only window at the west stand ticket office, will be the two main points for supporters to buy a programme.

Reduced quantities will be available from some bars and kiosks also.

A digital matchday programme can be bought via MatchDay Digital.

Apple users can download the app here, while Android users can download a copy via the Google Play store here.


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