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The Big Preview: Southend (A)

Seasiders Face The Shrimpers

9 August 2019

Blackpool's first away game of the season is a 540-mile round trip to Southend United tomorrow.

The Seasiders head to Roots Hall having got their league campaign off to the perfect start last weekend, winning 2-0 at home to Bristol Rovers. Goals from Jay Spearing and Armand Gnanduillet secured the three points in front of a crowd of 11,359 fans. 

Southend, meanwhile, lost out narrowly to Coventry City. A Zain Westbrooke goal proved the difference, in a match that was played at St Andrews, home of Birmingham City. 

Team News: 

Only midfielder Matty Virtue (thigh) remains sidelined for Blackpool, leaving manager Simon Grayson with a strong squad to choose from. A bounce game was also arranged at Fleetwood Town in midweek for those requiring minutes. 

The hosts will monitor the progress of striker Simon Cox, who made an appearance off the bench against Coventry City last weekend. The 32-year-old had previously missed a large part of pre-season due to a calf problem. Defender Rob Kiernan misses out with ligament damage.

Previous Meeting: 

On a day no Blackpool fan will ever forget, it was Saturday 9 March when the two teams last met. A bumper crowd packed in to Bloomfield Road for the club's 'Homecoming' fixture, as the sides played out a 2-2 draw. An own goal from Taylor Moore, in the 96th minute, salvaged a point for the Seasiders. 

Pool's last visit to Southend came in November 2018, when Ollie Turton and Armand Gnanduillet netted in a 2-1 victory. 

The Manager's Thoughts: 


The Referee: 

Kevin Johnson will oversee proceedings at Roots Hall. He refereed two Blackpool fixtures last season - a 1-0 victory at Portsmouth and a goal-less draw at Charlton. 


Around 300 Blackpool fans have currently committed to making the trip to Southend, with advance tickets going off-sale at 1pm today (Friday). 

Payments on the day are cash only from the away sales ticket office in the North West corner of the stadium. 

Match day tickets are priced at: 

  • £25 for Adults
  • £18 for Seniors (60+)
  • £17 for Students, 17-22-year-olds & disabled** (with free carer ticket) 
  • £12 for Juniors (9-16) 
  • £5 for Kids 8 and Under 

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Match Reports

Report: Southend United 1 Blackpool 3

Delfouneso Scores Twice As Pool Win Again

10 August 2019

Blackpool continued their fine start to the season with a 3-1 victory at Southend United, albeit with 10-men for the final 30 minutes.

A scintillating first-half of football saw the team race into a three-goal lead courtesy of Nathan Delfouneso (2) and an own goal at Roots Hall, however the dismissal of James Husband gave Southend a lifeline, with Simon Cox pulling one back for the hosts.

Manager Simon Grayson opted to name an unchanged side for the game at Roots Hall, rewarding those who got the season off to best possible start the week before.

Speaking of starts, Blackpool once again went attacking from the off and found themselves two goals up within the first 15 minutes.

The first goal was quite a fortuitous one, with Southend ‘keeper Mark Oxley unable to fully deal with a Jordan Thompson free-kick, parrying it at Harry Lennon from close range before seeing it hit the net for an own goal.  

Three minutes later, it was 2-0. Nathan Delfouneso was slipped in down the right by Sullay Kaikai and with the keeper rushing off his line, the forward slotted the ball into the bottom far corner.

Both Kaikai and Delfouneso were looking extremely menacing for Blackpool and almost carved out a third goal for the side. Armand Gnanduillet was the recipient of the play, however a super save from Oxley denied him from getting on the score-sheet.

It didn’t take long for that third goal to come though, as Delfouneso pounced to score his second of the afternoon, firing in on the rebound after Curtis Tilt had seen an effort blocked close to the line.

Half-Time: Southend United 0 Blackpool 3

Shortly after the restart, Sullay Kaikai came close to adding a goal that his performance deserved. The winger cut inside from the left and whipped the ball towards the top corner, only to see the ‘keeper tip it onto the outside of the post.

Southend made two changes in an effort to find a way back into the game, introducing Layton Ndukwu and Theo Robinson, yet Armand Gnanduillet almost wrapped the match up with a fourth before the duo could make an impact.

Suddenly, the balance of the match then changed. James Husband was shown a straight red card for a late lunge, leaving Blackpool to see out the final half-hour with 10 men. Michael Nottingham slotted into the defensive line as a substitute for Delfouneso.

It was now about game management for the Seasiders, who soon made another change by bringing on Joe Nuttall for Liam Feeney.

However, Southend reduced the deficit with 15 minutes of the game remaining. Simon Cox looked to have got the decisive touch to give the hosts a lifeline.

Buoyed by that goal, Blackpool needed Jak Alnwick to be at full stretch to push away a rasping, 25-yard strike from Mark Milligan.

Theo Robinson then went close with a 94th minute header, yet the Seasiders managed the game out to bring the three points back to Bloomfield Road.

Full-Time: Southend United 1 Blackpool 3

Team: Alnwick, Turton, Edwards, Tilt, Husband (s/o 60), Spearing, Thompson, Feeney (Nuttall 73), Kaikai, Delfouneso (Nottingham 62), Gnanduillet (Bushiri 86)

Not Used: Mafoumbi, Pritchard, Shaw, Hardie

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