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17 November 2018 Venue Roots Hall Attendance

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Match Preview: Southend United (A)

Seasiders Set To Welcome Players Back To The Squad

16 November 2018

Blackpool will aim to build on a three-match winning streak when they face Southend United at Roots Hall tomorrow.

The Seasiders are once again back out on the road for a round trip that exceeds 500 miles, however the players will be buoyed by their most recent league outing at Gillingham. 

The home side are without a league win in their last two matches, though did record a Checkatrade Trophy victory in midweek. 

Team News: 

Injuries and suspensions are now clearing up for Blackpool, with Jimmy Ryan and Max Clayton the only long-term absentees. Goalkeeper Mark Howard is back training, while Donervon Daniels and Joe Bunney came through their returns unscathed. Jay Spearing and Marc Bola also link-up with the squad again. Jordan Thompson is away on international duty with Northern Ireland, though. 

As for Southend United, they'll have Jason Demetriou available after suspension ruled him out of representing his country. Luke Hyam is also back in contention after featuring against Southampton's Under-21s. Sam Barratt, Ben Coker and Tom Hopper remain on the sidelines. 

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The Referee: 

Nick Kinseley will officiate the fixture between the two teams, having previously refereed Blackpool's goal-less draw at Wycombe in August. 

From Essex, he has overseen 11 matches so far this season, including five in Sky Bet League One. 

Tickets: 

All tickets must now be purchased directly from the Southend United ticket office at Roots Hall. 

Factoring in a price increase, tickets will now cost: 

- £25 for Adults
- £18 for Seniors (60+)
- £17 for Students and Young People (aged 17-22) 
- £17 for Disabled and Free Carer
- £12 for Juniors (aged 9-16)
- £5 for Under-8s

Elsewhere in Sky Bet League One: 

Accrington Stanley vs Barnsley
Bristol Rovers vs Scunthorpe United
Burton Albion vs Coventry City
Doncaster Rovers vs AFC Wimbledon
Fleetwood Town vs Walsall
Luton Town vs Plymouth Argyle
Oxford United vs Gillingham
Peterborough United vs Bradford City
Shrewsbury Town vs Rochdale
Southend United vs Blackpool
Sunderland vs Wycombe Wanderers

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Report: Southend United 1 Blackpool 2

Gnanduillet Heads In Late On To Secure All Three Points

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Armand Gnanduillet’s sixth goal of the season helped Blackpool make it four wins on the spin with a 2-1 victory at Southend United.

The striker popped up in the 83rd minute to restore The Seasiders’ advantage after Jason Demetriou had cancelled out a first-half opener from Ollie Turton.

The win was Blackpool’s first since 2001 at Southend, who ended the game with 10 men following the dismissal of Michael Turner.

Mark Howard, Marc Bola and Jay Spearing all returned for the game, which saw manager Terry McPhillips revert to a 3-5-2 formation. Joe Dodoo, having found the net three times in his last two games, was rewarded with his first league start since September.

Despite the hosts setting the early tempo, it was Blackpool who registered the first opportunity. Armand Gnanduillet challenged for a Dodoo cross at the back post, only to nod wide.

Southend then went close themselves, as Michael Kightly pounced on some hesitancy at the back. The winger spotted Mark Howard off his line and attempted to chip the him, however his effort came back off the inside of the post.

Not long after, Blackpool made the breakthrough, and it came from an unlikely source. Ollie Turton made a well-timed run into the six-yard box to convert Marc Bola’s cross and score his second goal for the club.

Stephen Hendrie and Simon Cox both attempted to quickly levels things again for Southend, with the latter glancing narrowly wide.

An injury to Dru Yearwood forced the home side into a change on the half-hour mark following a collision with Callum Guy. Shawn McCoulsky was the man to replace him.

Michael Kightly curled another strike wide of the target prior to the interval, but it was Blackpool who had the advantage at the break.

Half-Time: Southend United 0 Blackpool 1

Jay Spearing got the game back underway for Blackpool, and it was the skipper who came close to doubling The Seasiders’ advantage, racing onto the ball and seeing his deflected strike cannon back off the bar.

His midfield partner Callum Guy was soon forced off with an injury complaint though, leading to the introduction of Harry Pritchard off the bench.

A long kick downfield from Mark Howard almost presented Armand Gnanduillet with an opportunity to finish, however he was unable to control the ball and work the opposition goalkeeper.

Howard was then called into action at the other end, doing well to push over a rasping strike from Stephen Hendrie.

The Southend crowd were trying to play their part for the hosts, appealing for two penalties in a matter of minutes. Both challenges were fair from Curtis Tilt, though.

An equaliser did come for Southend with 74 minutes on the clock. Jason Demetriou was the scorer, connecting with a ball clipped to the back post.

Rather than dwell on conceding, Blackpool plugged away to re-take the lead and did so with seven minutes of normal time remaining. A great cross from Harry Pritchard was met by Armand Gnanduillet, who headed in from eight-yards out.

Southend were then reduced to 10 men after Michael Turner was shown a red card for what the referee deemed to be a stamp.  

Blackpool then did what was required to see out the result and head back north with the three points.

Full-Time: Southend United 1 Blackpool 2

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