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.
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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
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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.
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