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Tuesday’s defeat at Blackpool has proved beyond doubt that sometimes you don’t always get what you deserve from games.

There are many stats created during a game of football.  Some tell the story of the game, some can create a few surprises and some just make you look twice.  The only real stat that matters from any game is the final score, although sometimes this can be a mis-representation of the game.

Despite the loss on Tuesday, the performance – at a Stadium that hasn’t seen Blackpool lose in the League since 8th April – is one that everyone connected with the Shakers can take heart from.  21 shots in any away game is a stat that stands out, and in most cases, you would be out-scoring your opponents.

Momentum is key – we’ve heard many managers over the last 15 years say the same thing.  Momentum gathers and pushes you forward, and with only 2 losses in the last 7 games, that momentum is certainly gathering.

For 40 minutes of Tuesday’s game, it was nothing but one-way traffic.  Blackpool’s rare outing into the Shakers’ half brought the winning goal, but everyone in attendance will be wondering how the home side managed to get the win.

The Shakers’ attacking threat was clearly evident, and they put the Blackpool defence under constant pressure, hitting the woodwork and having more than one penalty appeal turned down.  If we can continue to perform like we did on Tuesday, then we will win more than we lose.

We may see changes to the squad come the weekend.  Jay O’Shea is approaching a starting position following two cameo appearances from the bench.  Joe Murphy is another that will travel with the squad, but may find himself on the bench with Leo Fasan keeping his place in goal.

Chris Humphrey remains doubtful for the game and may not travel.  He joins Nathan Cameron, Craig Jones and Joe Skarz on the injury list.  We’ve also left one name off that injury list simply because he is not on it, he is back in full training, he is fit and wants some action. 

Danny Mayor may be a surprise addition to the bench, it may be a game too early for him, but he will travel with the squad and will be involved with the weekend’s arrangements – even if it’s only travelling and being involved with the lads. Time will tell…

Southend could have winger Michael Kightly available again following eight games out with a hamstring problem. Captain Anton Ferdinand, has served out a two-match suspension, but midfielder Jermaine McGlashan is in the middle of a three-game ban.

Defender Harry Kyprianou has been carrying a thigh problem, while Michael Turner could be involved for what would be a first appearance since joining the club in the summer after his recovery from a hamstring injury.

Centre-back Rob Kiernan is expected to be out for around two months after having an operation on his knee, while defender Ben Coker continues his rehabilitation from a broken leg during pre-season.

Lee Clark Post Match Video:  Our YouTube teaser can be found below.  For the full unedited version, subscribe to iFollow by clicking here

The Opposition View: Click here to visit the Official Southend United Website

Last time out:  Sun 30 April 2017 – Southend United 1 Bury 0
Southend fell short in their push for the League One play-offs despite ending the season with a home win against Bury.

Stephen McLaughlin bagged the only goal of an uneventful game at Roots Hall.

Millwall's 4-3 win at Bristol Rovers meant the Shrimpers ended the campaign in seventh place, one point behind the Lions.

Phil Brown's side did all they could by beating the Shakers, who avoided relegation despite the defeat.

Southend - who headed into the match with four defeats in their last five games - went close to taking an early lead when Ryan Leonard sent a long-range shot against the foot of the right post.

The hosts made the break-through in the 22nd minute when Jason Demetriou's right-wing cross was tamely headed out by Leon Barnett, enabling McLaughlin to drill a right-footed half-volley into the right-hand side of the net.

The Shrimpers were rarely troubled in the second half and went close to making it 2-0 when Marc-Antoine Fortune was denied by Shakers’ goalkeeper Joe Murphy.

Referee:  Saturday’s referee is Mr Gavin Ward from Surrey.

So far this season, Gavin has taken charge of 13 games – showing 44 yellow cards and one red card.  His last game was on Tuesday evening when he took charge of the League Two game between Stevenage & Accrington Stanley at the Lamex Stadium.  Stevenage won the game 3-2 and two yellow cards were shown.

Gavin’s last game involving the shakers was in March 2017 with the Shakers making the trip to Millwall’s New Den.  The game finished 0-0 with two yellow cards shown during the 90 minutes.

Quick Betting Tip:  Bury are 11/4 to win the game whilst Southend United are 19/20.  A draw is on offer at 13/5

Top ten tips for the game:

  • Bury to win 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 – 9/4
  • Jermaine Beckford first goal of the game and a 1-0 Bury win – 40/1
  • Michael Smith first goal of the game and a 2-1 Bury win – 60/1
  • Bury to win by exactly two goals – 12/1
  • Bury to win and both teams to score – 11/2
  • Correct score only – Southend United 1 Bury 2 11/1
  • First goal – Jermaine Beckford – 5/1
  • Last goal – Chris Maguire – 17/2
  • To score a hat-trick – Jermaine Beckford – 50/1
  • To score in 90 minutes – Michael Smith – 5/2

Click here for plenty of markets available on Saturday’s game

We’ve met before:  Saturday’s game is the 44th meeting between the two sides.  Bury have won 11 of the previous 43 games with Southend United winning 14 games.  The remaining 19 games have finished all square.

The very first meeting took place on Saturday 13th September 1958 when the two sides met at Gigg Lane.  Southend won the game 3-2.  The last time the two sides met was in the final game of last season, when the Shakers travelled to Roots Hall.  Southend won the game 1-0.

Ticket News:  Click here for ticket news for this game.

SLO Info:  SLO info, along with directions and estimated travelling time from Gigg Lane, for this game can be found under ‘Southend United’ here.

First time visitor guide from Southend United:  Click here

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Match Reports

Report: Southend United 1 Bury 0

Shakers suffer from DeJa Vu as another late goal condemns them to defeat at Southend

21 October 2017

Manager Lee Clark named the same outfield players that started the game at Blackpool on Tuesday evening – the only change for Bury saw keeper Joe Murphy back between the sticks following a knee injury, with Leo Fasan dropping back down to the Shakers bench.

Bury, wearing their normal home colours, were called into action at the back within a minute of the game starting.  A floated ball into the box from Kightly saw returning keeper, Joe Murphy stretching and twisting, to palm the ball out for a corner.  Moments later, a long throw from Leonard brought a similar action from the Shaker's custodian, though this time Murphy had to tip the ball over the bar.

Bury won their first corner on two minutes following a deflected Maguire cross.  The delivery was initially flicked on by Edwards and eventually floated back into the box where Tom Aldred got on the end of the cross to loop a header at goal, though his effort lacked any pace and was easily caught by the Southend keeper.

A Bury 8th minute free kick, following a foul on Maguire, brought an excellent save from keeper Oxeley.  Maguire took the free kick and curled a stunning shot at goal that the keeper managed to palm away for a Bury corner.  Maguire’s subsequent corner again met the head of Aldred, though this time he failed to test the keeper with the ball flying wide of the post.

A series f Bury corner’s on 14 minutes ended when the home side suddenly burst away with the ball, though the ball into the Bury box was sadly lacking for the home side, and allowed Aldred to clear.  Within five minutes, the Shakers had another chance when Smith and Maguire linked up well to feed the ball through the Southend defence for Beckford, but an offside flag killed the move as the Shakers striker pulled his foot back to shoot on goal.

The best chance of the game came with a great cross-field diagonal ball from Maguire that released Harry Bunn.  The former Huddersfield player charged forward at goal with the Southend defence chasing hard.  As Bunn got into the box, he pulled the foot back for the shot, but Michael Timlin slid into to stab the ball away for another Shaker's corner.

A long range shot from Demetriou on 28 minutes brought a moment of hope from the home side, but Murphy watched the effort all the way and dived at his near post to hold the ball.  His long punt up the field found Beckford in space in the corner of the park, but his attempted one-two with Callum Reilly failed and allowed the home side to clear.

Another glorious chance fell to Bury on 32 minutes.  A clever touch from Smith saw Maguire burst through the Southend defence.  From the edge of the box, his attempted lob was superbly stopped by keeper Mark Oxeley, who had seen the danger and narrowed the gap by racing off his line.  Moments later and another chance for Bury, with Beckford, Bunn and Maguire involved with some great football.  The gloated ball into the box found Smith, who perhaps had more time that he realised, and headed the ball wildly wide of the post.

Halftime duly arrived with no further chances and both sides went in for the break goalless.

Bury started the second half brightly with Beckford, Smith, Bunn and Beckford all involved.  The final ball at goal from Beckford saw Oxeley again collect with some ease.  Moments later, a ball over the top from Maguire saw Beckford chasing the ball, but as in the first half, Oxeley was again quick off his line to smother the ball. 

A Callum Riley deep corner on 56 minutes saw the ball catch in the high wind, and Smith was unable to get a clean header on the ball and put his effort over the bar.  Moments later Tom Aldred was on hand twice in the space of a minute with two excellent blocks to deny the home side inside the Shakers box.

Rohan Ince and Jay O’Shea replaced Chris Maguire and Josh Laurent on 60 minutes.  Within seconds O’Shea was called into action to lay the ball off across the box to find Harry Nunn, his shot on goal brought an excellent save from Oxeley in tipping the ball onto the crossbar and over for a Bury corner.

Southend should have taken the lead on 70 minutes when Nile Ranger was released, his crisp shot at goal was superbly saved by Joe Murphy, though he was unable to hold the ball, centre-half Tom Aldred was on hand to sweep the ball away for another Southend corner.

A half chance for Rohan Ince on 78 minutes almost cost the Shakers a goal.  The on-loan Brighton midfielder controlled the ball with his left foot, and attempted to hit the ball on the volley with his right foot, but missed the ball completely – allowing the home side to break quickly.  A crisp pass into the Bury box brought an equally crisp clearance from Eoghan O’Connell.

An 83rd minute Southend free-kick came to nothing. A slightly late challenge on Ranger from Tom Aldred saw Timlin flat the free kick to the back post, where Greg Leigh headed the ball clear and away from danger.  Moments later, Southend’s Josh Wright did well to take the ball into the corner before cutting the ball into the Bury box.  His cross came into the six-yard box slightly early and allowed Joe Murphy to bring the ball under his control before clearing the ball up the field.

Southend took the lead with minutes to go; a shot from Leonard struck Eoghan O’Connell.  The ball fell back to Leonard who curled a delightful shot over a diving Joe Murphy and flew an inch under the crossbar and into the back of the net.

Bury: Joe Murphy, Greg Leigh, Eoghan O'Connell, Chris Maguire (Ince 60), Jermaine Beckford (C), Callum Reilly (O’Shea 60), Phil Edwards, Tom Aldred, Josh Laurent, Michael Smith, Harry Bunn (Williams 77)

Subs: Leo Fasan, Andrew Tutte, Jordan Williams, Mihai Dobre, Jay O'Shea, Rohan Ince, Saul Shotton

Southend United: Mark Oxley, Anthony Wordsworth, Anton Ferdinand, Michael Kightly (Ranger 63), Michael Timlin, Marc-Antoine Fortune (McClaughlin 68), Simon Cox, Ryan Leonard, Jason Demetriou, Josh Wright, John White

Subs: Nathan Bishop, Stephen McLaughlin, Amadou Ba, Dru Yarwood, Theo Robinson, Elvis Bwomono, Nile Ranger

Referee: Gavin Ward
Asst: Graham Kane
Asst: Matthew Lee
4th: Lee Venamore

Attendance: 6,787 (158)

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