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Southend United Match Previe

29 December 2017

Marcus Bradd

With most of 2017 left behind, Town travel to Southend On Sea for the last game of the year. Currently occupying 11th place, United have had a hard season with injury featuring highly on the list of difficulties. The season started well enough with a home win to relegated Blackburn but it wasn't until mid September that the Shrimpers tasted success again. Three further wins saw their league position improve but since the start of November, they've won four league games, lost four and drawn two. Their last five league games have seen them lose three times and win twice including their Boxing Day 3-1 win at home to Charlton.

Top Scorer (league games)

Simon Cox 7
Jason Demitriou 4
Ryan Leonard 3
Anthony Wordsworth 3
Stephen McLaughlin 3


Stephen McLaughlin 6
Anthony Wordsworth 2
Ryan Leonard 2

Clean Sheets

Four at home and one away.

Random Stats (based on home games)

Southend average 1.92 points per game against a league average of 1.57.

They also beat the League One average on goals conceded with just .83 compared to 1.19.

Southend have scored 75% of the opening goals at Roots Hall.

Goal Distribution

Southend are a team that starts both halves of the game well with five goals in the opening minutes of each half. Conversely, their most vulnerable period is at the start of the second half with three conceded.

Referee - Gavin Ward from Surrey. Games this season: 21. Yellow Cards: 70. Red Cards: 4.
Assistants: Andrew Williams and Christopher Wade
Fourth Official: Lee Collins

Squad news

Neither manager has any new injury worries.


Southend are a completely different team at home than away if results are anything to go by so this will be another difficult away day. The Shrimpers are the fifth best home team in League One this season and that's set against a season of injuries to key players. Given a little more squad stability, Southend would be challenging at the top.  So we're very much up for another tough test and it's likely to take a similar effort to the Wigan game to get something from the game.


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Match Reports

Southend United 1 Town 2

30 December 2017

Godfrey stunner helps Town to 2-1

Town: Dean Henderson, Ben Godfrey, Mat Sadler, Omar Beckles, Shaun Whalley (Joe Riley 89), Abu Ogogo ©, Carlton Morris (Lenell John-Lewis 75), James Bolton, Jon Nolan (Bryn Morris 77), Aristote Nsiala, Alex Rodman
Subs: Craig Macgillivray, Joe Riley, Louis Dodds, Arthur Gnahoua, Lenell John-Lewis, Bryn Morris, Ebou Adams

Southend United: Mark Oxley, Ben Coker, Anthony Wordsworth, Anton Ferdinand © (John White 12), Michael Turner, Simon Cox, Stephen McLaughlin, Ryan Leonard, Jason Demetriou, Josh Wright (Jermaine McGlashan 53), Nile Ranger
Subs: Marc-Antoine Fortune, Nathan Bishop, Dru Yearwood, Jermaine McGlashan, Harry Kyprianou, Theo Robinson, John White

Referee: Gavin Ward
Assistants: Paul Yates and Christopher Wade
Fourth Official: Andrew Aylott

Attendance: TBC

Shrewsbury Town reached the 50 point mark before January thanks to a hard fought 2-1 victory over Southend United. Town dominated the first-half and led 2-0 at the break thanks to a Ben Coker own goal and a stunning strike from Ben Godfrey. The second-half was more difficult as Town were pegged back in the 55th minute thanks to Ryan Leonard’s header, but they hung on to reach 51 points for the season, just two behind Wigan Athletic at the top of Sky Bet League One.

Team News:
Paul Hurst resisted the temptation to rest the side which had performed so well in recent games against Portsmouth and Wigan. It meant that there was just one change to the 18 with Stefan Payne missing out with a slight knock meaning Ebou Adams came onto the bench.

Despite worries over the Roots Hall pitch, Town got their passing game going straight away and they had Southend camped in their own half for the first 10 minutes of the game, although they only managed to test Mark Oxley on one occasion as Alex Rodman had a shot from the edge of the box, but Oxley comfortably held onto the shot down to his right hand side.

It was the visitors who forced the first corner when Stephen McLaughlin’s shot was deflected behind, but Town cleared the set-piece with ease and Southend were then dealt a blow when Anton Ferdinand was forced to go off injured with John White replacing him.

A long throw from Ryan Leonard almost caused problems in the Town box but James Bolton was able to clear and Town then broke quickly down the left. Alex Rodman ran over 60 yards with the ball before chipping in a cross for Carlton Morris , which appeared to hit the back of Southend defender Ben Coker before finding its way past a wrong-footed Oxley to give Town an 18th minute lead.

The moments after a goal are always the most dangerous and Southend came forward quickly. Dean Henderson tried to come and claim a couple of crosses but he seemed to hurt his jaw in the process. Eventually the ball did find its way into the grateful arms of Henderson who immediately threw the ball out of play to receive treatment from Chris Skitt, but he was fine to continue.

Southend had responded well to going a goal behind and they produced another opportunity moments later when Stephen McLaughlin picked the ball up on the edge of the box, but his shot went high and wide after pressure from Toto Nsiala.

With around 10 minutes of the half remaining Southend created a good opportunity when Mat Sadler missed a clearance kick and Simon Cox picked his pocket. Cox flashed the ball across the face but James Bolton was on hand to turn the cross over from just a yard in front of his own goal line.

Shaun Whalley then had a great opportunity put on a plate with him when Southend right-back Jason Demetriou under hit a pass back to the centre-halves and Whalley stole in, but he took a bit too much time to get his shot away and it was deflected behind for a corner.

However, Town didn’t have to wait long for to double their lead as they did so from the resulting corner. Whalley’s delivery was cleared but only as far as Ben Godfrey who unleashed a powerful drive from just outside the box, which went as straight as an arrow into the top corner. It was Godfrey’s first goal of the season and the timing couldn’t have been much better after extending his loan until the end of the season earlier in the week.

Half-Time: 0-2

Second Half:
Town almost created a third less than 10 minutes after the break when a Shaun Whalley free-kick caused mayhem in the Southend box, but the ball wouldn’t quite sit for anyone in an orange shirt and Southend scrambled it away.

The hosts were then forced into their second substitution of the game as the injured Josh Wright was replaced by Jermaine McGlashan, but less than a minute after the change they got themselves back into it when Ryan Leonard headed a Stephen McLaughlin corner into the bottom corner to make it 2-1.

The game now had a different feel to it and Gavin Ward twice had to go to his notebook in the space of two minutes as first Shaun Whalley was late with a challenge on Ben Coker and then Michael Turner went in nastily from behind on Carlton Morris.

The yellow cards had led to an increase in tempo and that almost played into Town’s favour when Abu Ogogo slid Alex Rodman in on the left-hand-side of the box, but Rodman took slightly too long to get the ball out of his feet and his shot was blocked for a corner, which came to nothing.

Southend then had a brilliant chance to equalise when Simon Cox latched onto a ball over the top. He took a touch to steady himself before shooting left-footed, but Dean Henderson was able to make a superb save and Nile Ranger was unable to get onto the rebound.

Town then made their first substitution of the afternoon as Lenell John-Lewis replaced Carlton Morris and a minute later Bryn Morris came on for Jon Nolan. Both players had put in incredible shifts and it felt like the right time to bring on fresh legs.

The fresh legs appeared to work nicely and Town were able to enjoy longer spells of possession, something they had struggled with for much of the second-half. One decent passing move saw the ball eventually work its way out Abu Ogogo who had a shot from 20 yards but he pulled it wide of the post.

As the game entered the final few minutes Southend were starting to pump the ball forward at every opportunity and Town were having to defend very deep. Joe Riley came on to give even more protection to Dean Henderson and in the dying seconds Riley did well to take the ball to the corner and force and a free-kick.

That allowed Town to get organised for one final onslaught and they were up to the task as they held on for their 15th win of the season.

Full-Time 1-2

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Southend United Tickets

14 December 2017

Ticket details for the league trip to Roots Hall

Southend United v Shrewsbury Town
Saturday 30th December 2017 – kick-off 3pm
Roots Hall
Sky Bet League One

Ticket prices have been confirmed for our Sky Bet League One trip to Roots Hall to take on Southend United.

Town have been allocated 400 tickets and fans will be situated in the North Stand section. 

Tickets will be priced at if bought in advance-
Adults - £22
Seniors (over 60) - £15
Student (Valid ID) - £14
Young Person (17-22) - £14
Adult disabled and free carer - £14
Junior (9-16) - £10
Under 8 (8 and under) - £4

There is an increase on ticket price if bought on the day and sales will be cash only.

Tickets will be priced at if bought on the day-
Adults - £25
Seniors (over 60) - £18
Student (Valid ID) - £17
Young Person (17-22) - £17
Adult disabled and free carer - £17
Junior (9-16) - £12
Under 8 (8 and under) - £5

Please note there is an adult concession price for disabled supporters, all other disabled supporters pay the relevant price with a complimentary carer if required.

Tickets will go off sale on Friday 29th December at 4:30pm.

Tickets can be purchased in the following ways:
•    In person at the Montgomery Waters Meadow ticket office
•    By calling 01743 273943
•    Via our online ticketing site - click here

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