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Southend United Preview

14 September 2018

Marcus Braddock looks ahead to the Southend United game

This weekend brings Shrewsbury Town back to Montgomery Waters Meadow to face Southend United. The Shrimpers occupy 16th place in League One having amassed seven points from their seven games so far, which amounts to two wins and a draw. Last weekend they were unfortunate to lose 3-2 at home to Peterborough United having clawed back a two-goal deficit only to succumb to a late winner.

Head to Head

We've played each other eight times in the last four seasons, twice in League Two and then six times in League One since we were both promoted in the 2015/6 season. In the last two seasons we've taken the home leg 1-0 but in the two years previous to that, the Shrimpers have drawn 1-1 and won 2-1 respectively. Historically, Southend have won 28 times to our 21 in all competitions with 16 games ending in a draw.

Top Scorers (cup goals in brackets)

Tom Hopper 4
Shawn McCoulsky 0(4)
Theo Robinson 2

Assists

Ben Carter 3
Michael Kightly 2

Clean Sheets

One at home and one away.

Goal times

The first thing I noticed about the Shrimpers' goal times is that they've not scored in the second half in an away game so far this season. The two away goals they have scored this both occurred in the final fifteen minutes of the first half and both resulted in away points. 

Southend have yet to concede in a second half of any game in League One and have only conceded three times away from home.

Squad News

Shrimpers-Jason Demetriou has returned from international duty with Cyprus. Keeper Mark Oxley and midfielder Michael Kightly are both suspended.

Town-John Askey has no new injury worries.

Summary

This is another difficult game against a team that is probably in a false position. Although the Shrimpers have only won twice this season in away games, were they have been beaten it's not by many. They also appear to have the ability to fight back when pegged back like they did last weekend and also against Doncaster in the first game of the season. Admittedly they were

Ultimately beaten but it shows there is a little fight in their repertoire and that we may need more than one goal to get something this weekend.

However, we may be facing them at the right time with two vital players missing through suspension and Jason Demetriou back after a playing in Cyprus and Scandinavia in less than a week before flying home. Combine this with our steady improvement over the last few games and it's possible to see us winning our first three points of the season.

COYB!!!

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Match Report: Shrewsbury Town 2 Southend United 0

15 September 2018

Town: Joel Coleman, Josh Emmanuel, Mat Sadler, Omar Beckles, Shaun Whalley, Greg Docherty (Josh Laurent, 90) Lee Angol (Lenell John-Lewis, 88), Alex Gilliead, Luke Waterfall, Ollie Norburn, Anthony Grant.

Subs: Steve Arnold, Arthur Gnahoua, James Bolton, Lenell John-Lewis, Aaron Amadi-Holloway, Josh Laurent, Ryan Barnett.

Southend: David Stockdale, Ben Coker, Timothee Dieng, Tom Hopper, Simon Cox (Shawn McCoulski, 80), Stephen McLaughlin (Theo Robinson, 60), Sam Mantom, Taylor Moore, Jason Demetriu, Harry Bunn, John White.

Subs: Nathan Bishop, Elvis Bwomono, Michael Turner, Michael Klass, Shawn McCoulsky, Theo Robinson, Stephen Hendrie.

Referee: Christopher Sarginson

Assistants: Anthony Moore and Richard Bartlett

Fourth official: Ravel Cheosiaua

Attendance:  5651 (312)

Shrewsbury Town earned the first three points of the season with a convincing 2-0 win over Southend United.

Two first-half goals from Lee Angol and Greg Docherty sealed the win for Askey’s men.

Team News:  John Askey makes two changes from his side that faced Portsmouth last weekend. Lee Angol and Greg Docherty are both drafted into Askey’s starting 11, as Lenell John-Lewis and Josh Laurent start on the bench.

First-Half:        

It took Askey’s men only five minutes into the half to put themselves onto the score sheet.  A great run from Alex Gilliead gave the winger a chance to cross into the box.  Gilliead, to his credit, managed to cross the ball under heavy pressure into Greg Docherty. The Rangers Loanee fired into the roof of the net from inside box, giving David Stockdale no chance and Town the early lead.

Town settled really well into the early stages of the game, with Askey’s team having the majority of the ball and dominating the Seasiders in the midfield. Anthony Grant, Omar Beckles and Gilliead were looking especially bright.

The Shrimpers chances were limited and had to wait until the 20th minute for a real chance at goal. A free-kick 25-yards out was struck by Stephen McLaughlin, but the Town wall stood firm and blocked the ball well.

Joel Coleman was called into action with just 15 minutes left in the half. Southend managed to find a free ball in the box, but Coleman got two strong hands to the header and made a great save to keep Town in the lead.

McLaughlin was awarded a yellow card for simulation towards the latter stages of the half, as the midfielder was deemed to have dived on the edge of the Town box.

Simon Cox came very close to equalising for Southend. The striker leaped well into the air, connecting with a cross, but the striker saw his headed shot just miss the target.

Another yellow card was brandished by referee Christopher Sarginson. Timothee Dieng pulled back Docherty as the midfielder was storming towards goal.

On the stroke of half time Town doubled the lead. Southend poorly defended a cross and Lee Angol pounced on the loose ball, slotting home into the bottom left corner of the net.

The half ended with the Shrews two goals up on the score sheet, Lee Angol and Greg Docherty both firing home to give Town a healthy lead.

Second-Half:

Town came out for the second-half intent on getting more goals. The wing-play was causing a problem for Southend, as Town were nearly in again. Shaun Whalley delivered in a perfect ball to Angol, but the striker was unable to knock the ball into the net from five yards.

The next 10 minutes was turning out to be a more even affair, with both teams still looking to attack. Despite the slight shift in play, Town were still looking solid in the defence and midfield.

Angol was given a yellow card in the 69th minute for backing into the Southend defender.

Jason Demetriu was also booked shortly after for pulling back Gilliead, as the winger was powering through towards goal.

The second-half was lacking any real goalmouth action, but Town were still looking to pressurise the Southend back four. In the 74th minute Angol had the only real dangerous chance of the half. The striker let off a long-range shot that Stockdale did well to save.

Cox was the latest player to be put into the referee’s book due to a foul on Angol high up the pitch.

The game was beginning to close out, with Town looking to keep a hold of the possession in the Southend half. Whalley and Emmanuel were doing a good job of frustrating the Shrimpers defenders and keeping the ball high up the pitch.

The game ended with Town winning their first league game of the season, with a convincing 2-0 win over the visitors.

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Southend United Ticket Details

15 September 2018

The ticket details for our Sky Bet League One game with Southend United

Shrewsbury Town v Southend United
Saturday 15th September – 3pm Kick-Off
Montgomery Waters Meadow
Sky Bet League One

Tickets are now on sale for our home game with Southend United.

This game is valid for Season Ticket holders and they can turn up on the day and scan their card at the turnstiles for stadium entry. 

Match tickets are available before the day of the game and on the day of the match. 

Supporters are encouraged to buy in advance if they can to help beat the queues on matchday.

Ticket prices for a 2018/19 Sky Bet League One fixture can be found here

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

Tickets bought online can be printed at home and scanned for stadium entry.

When buying online the following costs apply-

Print at Home = Free
Collect from STFC = Free
Standard post = £2.60
Special Delivery = £9.00
Add to FanCard = Free

U12s go free to every home SkyBet League One game during the 2018/19 season.

Supporters can get tickets via the popular FlexiTicket or you can use the new FanCard to save money on every home league game.

There are several options for the game if you would like to sample our matchday hospitality, you can see this here - Matchday Hospitality - or contact our Commercial team here - commercial@shrewsburytown.co.uk

If you can't make it to the game you can listen to full match commentary, or watch the game if you are an International fan, on IFollow Shrews or download the app here to listen if you are out and about - IFollow App.

Travel - There are a number of matchday buses from around the county and buses from town centre, details here Matchday Travel Plan.  There a number of parking options in and around the stadium, these can be viewed here Matchday Parking Options.

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