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22 February 2020 Venue Roots Hall Attendance

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PREVIEW: SOUTHEND UNITED (A)

21 February 2020

SOUTHEND United are the destination for the Brewers this weekend, as we make the second of back-to-back long distance away trips. Find out all you need to know ahead of the fixture in our preview here.

Prior to kick-off, there will be a minute’s applause for 14-year-old Lily Wythe, who sadly lost her battle with cancer last week.

HEAD 2 HEAD

The Brewers have faced Southend 17 times since 2010 and the Brewers' second season in League Two, winning seven, drawing four and losing the remaining six.

This season the Brewers were pegged back at home by a resilient Shrimpers side, who scored first before a Scott Fraser free-kick allowed Albion to share the spoils.

BREWERS TEAM NEWS

Kieran O’Hara is the first on the list of injuries having come off shortly before half-time against Ipswich Town last week. Therefore Ben Garratt looks likely to take the place of the Manchester United loanee ‘keeper.

Further doubts are Jake Buxton, Colin Daniel and John-Joe O’Toole. Colin is back in training but remains a doubt, whilst Jake is struggling due to a rib injury and John-Joe due to a groin problem respectively.

SOUTHEND UNITED NEWS

The signing of Patrik Gunnarsson on an emergency loan will see the Brentford ‘keeper start for Southend United this weekend, after Mark Oxley was confirmed as being out for a number of weeks due to a thigh injury.

Brandon Goodship and Jason Demetriou missed out on Tuesday during the Shrimpers’ defeat to Gillingham but both will be looking for a return, whilst the Brewers’ Conor Shaughnessy looks likely to face up against his brother Joe tomorrow afternoon who is also likely to return to Southend's squad.

MATCH OFFICIALS

This weekend’s referee will be Craig Hicks, assisted by Leigh Crowhurst and Stuart Butler, whilst the Fourth Official will be Nigel Lugg.

Having refereed 11 League One matches this season, Hicks has awarded a total of 40 yellow cards, converting three of those to red cards, with one straight dismissal and three penalties.

Hicks last officiated the Brewers in our 2-2 draw away at Portsmouth on September 17.

TICKET NEWS

Tickets will be located in the North Stand, which is unreserved covered seating.

Advance prices go off-sale at 4pm Friday 21 February.

Prices noted in bold are the pay-on-the-day prices, where Brewers fans will be able to purchase their tickets tomorrow from 1pm at one of the two away ticket windows. 

Adults: £22 (£25)

Senior (60+): £15 (£18)

Student (with valid ID): £14 (£17)

Young person (17-22): £14 (£17)

Disabled and free carer: £14 (£17*)

Junior (9-16): £10 (£12)

Under-9: £4 (£5)

Emergency services: £15**

*Please note there is an adult/senior concession price for disabled supporters, all other disabled supporters pay the age relevant price with a complimentary carer if required.

**Please note the emergency services price is NOT available on matchday for home or away fans so need to be purchased in advance.

Official club coach travel from the Pirelli Stadium is also available for this fixture:

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020

Departure time: 9.30am

Price per seat: £18.00

Expected return time: 8.30pm approx

Tickets can be purchased by calling 01283 565938 or visiting the Club Shop at the Pirelli Stadium during normal opening hours - or you can visit our online ticket store and buy your tickets here.

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This game is not available for streaming domestically but you can buy an audio only pass for £2.50 HERE.

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: SOUTHEND UNITED

22 February 2020

ALBION fought their way to a hard-earned three points at Roots Hall seeing off a late fightback from Southend United to run out 3-2 winners thanks to goals from Lucas Akins, Ryan Edwards and Jamie Murphy

Ona difficult afternoon in Essex Albion once again struck early with Akins calmly firing home after just five minutes. This time the Brewere held the lead for a longer period until Sam Mantom's bizarre equaliser, an effort that keeper Kieran O'Hara somehow misjudged as it dropped behind him.

Albion were quickly back in charge in the second half as Edwards bundled in his seventh of the campaign before Murphy fired home after a mistake at the back from the hosts.

A long throw into the box in added on time from the hosts seemed to take a final glancing touch off John-Joe O'Toole to beat O'Hara and give the home side hope of a point but the Brewers held out to return home with all the points.

Nigel Clough made two changes to his team for the trip to take on the struggling Shrimpers. The manager was able to call upon both Colin Daniel and O'Toole to bolster the defence. Daniel came in at left back to replace Reece Hutchinson who dropped to the bench whilst the injury that forced Richard Nartey from the pitch at Portman Road last weekend also kept him out against Southend facilitating O'Toole's timely return from injury. Kieran O'Hara was also included after missing the second half of the game at Ipswich with an ankle problem.

The changes also resulted in a surprise change of formation as the Brewers looked to get back to winning ways. O'Toole was part of a three-man defence flanked by John Brayford and Conor Shaughnessy and Daniel operating at left wing-back. And it was a tactical switch that paid almost immediate dividends as Daniel got well forward on the left to supply a deep cross for AKINS to sidefoot home via the inside of the post on five minutes.

Albion's tendency to concede quick equalisers almost haunted them again as full back Elvis Bwomono ran into space down the right and crossed for Sam Mantom to steer a header just wide.

A good chance to double the lead came the way of Oliver Sarkic on twelve minutes after excellent work from Akins but the Montenegrin was denied by a good save from debutant United keeper Patrik Gunnarsson.

Southend should really have been back on level terms on 26 minutes when Stephen McLaughlin lobbed a ball over the Burton defence and Mantom ran on only to beat O'Hara and see his effort crash back off the post, O'Toole doing very well to prevent Charlie Kelman from applying the finishing touch to the loose ball.

But just before the half hour mark the home side were level when MANTOM's challenge for the ball looped the ball high into the air and with the wing playing tricks O'Hara misjudged the flight as it dropped behind him and into the net.

The conditions were making attractive football difficult and the goal gave the home side renewed belief after a run of three games without a goal but neither keeper was troubled in what remained of the opening half.

Half time: Southend United 1-1 Burton Albion

Albion were grateful to find themselves back in front four minutes into the second half. Powell's cross caused problems for the Southend back line and EDWARDS was adjudged to have got the final touch as the ball was bundled in from close range.

Powell almost grabbed a goal for himself moments later with a neat turn in midfield and a dipping shot that deflected wide of the target and O'Toole was not far away from his first goal in a Brewers shirt heading narrowly wide from a corner on 53 minutes.

McLaughlin got his angles right with a promising free kick for the home side on 55 minutes but O'Hara was agile and alert enough to get across his line and push the the ball around the post.

Brayford almost made it three for Albion when Shaughnessy flicked a Sarkic corner to the back post but Albion's skipper could not quite adjust as the ball hit him and skewed over the bar.

Albion swapped Sarkic for Nathan Broadhead just after the hour and the young Welshman quickly sent Murphy scampering away down the left although his final cross to Akins failed to amount to anything as Southend flooded back to defend.

Daniel almost managed to grab his first goal as well with a chipped ball to the back post that just bounced wide of the post with Murphy closing in.

Southend showed plenty of spirit to try and get themselves back level and Bwomono flashed a dipping shot over O'Hara's crossbar with the keeper at full stretch.

Albion had their third goal on 74 minutes as the hosts gift wrapped the Brewers a goal. Defender Miles Mitchell-Nelson made a hash of a pass out of defence and Broadhead was on it in a flash to set up MURPHY for an emphatic finish for his fifth goal in seven games.

Albion brought Sbarra on as Edwards got a break with about twelve minutes left.

Southend refused to give the game up and O'Hara came to Albion's rescue with five minutes to play with an excellent save to deny former Australia captain Mark Milligan.

And Sbarra was denied a second goal of the season by the foot of Joe Shaughnessy, brother of Albion's Conor, with two minutes to go after more excellent play from Powell down the left hand side.

The nerves were on edge in stoppage time as a long throw from substitute Sam Barratt caused pandemonium in the Brewers box and O'Toole was adjudged to have got a faint touch to send it past O'Hara.

There was one last scare for the Brewers when Akins was adjudged to have brought down Charlie Kelman within shooting range and McLaughlin curled the resulting free kick just wide of the far post.

A nervier ending than it should have been for Albion but the wait for three points was over at the end of a game full of strange goals.

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Ticket News

TICKETS: SOUTHEND UNITED (A) NOW ON SALE

29 January 2020

TICKETS for our away trip to Southend United on Saturday, February 22 (3pm kick-off) are now on sale.

Our final away game of February sees us travelling to Roots Hall, the scene of our 2014 play-off semi-final triumph.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 01283 565938 or visiting the Club Shop at the Pirelli Stadium during normal opening hours - or you can visit our online ticket store and buy your tickets here.

Tickets will be located in the North Stand, which is unreserved covered seating, and whether any sales on the day (cash-only) will take place will be decided at a later date, subject to availability and approval, so we advise buying in advance.

Prices are as follows (prices in brackets are potential matchday prices, should matchday sales go ahead).

Adults: £22 (£25)

Senior (60+): £15 (£18)

Student (with valid ID): £14 (£17)

Young person (17-22): £14 (£17)

Disabled and free carer: £14 (£17*)

Junior (9-16): £10 (£12)

Under-9: £4 (£5)

Emergency services: £15**

*Please note there is an adult/senior concession price for disabled supporters, all other disabled supporters pay the age relevant price with a complimentary carer if required.

**Please note the emergency services price is NOT available on matchday for home or away fans so need to be purchased in advance.

Official club coach travel from the Pirelli Stadium is also available for this fixture:

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020

Departure time: 9.30am

Price per seat: £18.00

Expected return time: 8.30pm approx

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