LiveMATCHDAY: Southend United 0 Bury 0

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  • Southend United 0
  • Bury 0

4:57pm

Southend United 0 Bury 0

4:48pm

88 - SUB - Young for Hussey.

4:45pm

85 - Egan header easy for Charles-Cook.

4:43pm

83 - RED - Corr (off the ball challenge on Veseli).

4:42pm

82 - YELLOW - Egan

4:38pm

77 - Barnard header at the far post is palmed away by Charles-Cook but he is flagged offside.

4:35pm

75 - SUB - Barnard on for Straker.

4:34pm

Attendance: 5,680 (181 visiting)

Fair play to the 181 Bury fans who have made the trip. I'm afraid they have not been well-rewarded so far though.

4:31pm

71 - Charles-Cook flicks a looping Hurst cross over the bar.

71 - Corr puts a powerful header wide of the near post.

4:27pm

66 – McNulty misses with a free header at the back post from a Hussey free-kick but he is flagged offside.

4:25pm

65 - YELLOW - Leonard

4:25pm

64 - Southend gifted a corner after defensive mix-up from Hussey. Platt heads it clear though.

4:23pm

63 - Platt heads wide.

4:19pm

58 - Corr fluffs a free-kick from 20 yards with his first touch.

4:18pm

58 - SUB - Platt on for Grimes.

4:17pm

57 - SUB - Corr on for Eastwood, Atkinson on for Clifford.

4:16pm

55 - Eastwood should have done better, firing high and wide on the turn after Straker worked a mis-kicked clearance from Charles-Cook back to the Southend striker on the six-yard box.

4:13pm

52 - YELLOW - Mills

4:11pm

Replacing Jensen with Charles-Cook as a tactical switch is a bold move. The 20-year-old makes his league debut with orders from Flickers to keep the ball in play and improve on Jensen's distribution following a number of long clearances into touch.

4:05pm

4:05pm

46 - SUB - Charles-Cook on for Jensen.

3:49pm

Southend United 0 Bury 0

3:46pm

43 - YELLOW - Hussey (handball)

3:36pm

32 - Dangerous Straker ball from the left flies across the Bury goal. It was begging for a touch.

33 - Kevan Hurst's low drive from the edge of the box had Jensen sprawling to his right, but it bobbles just wide.

3:26pm

23 - Tutte breaks the offside trap but his centre to Akpa Akpro is cut out and Mayor can not find a way through with his shot from the rebound.

3:22pm

19 – White pushes Akpa Akpro in the back but the nudge is missed by the referee as the Bury striker went to meet a Soares cross from the left. Hussey then drove a cross shot across goal from the opposite flank.

3:19pm

17 - Straker burst through the middle of the park but Mills clears the ball as he prepared to shoot on goal.

3:17pm

14 - Leonard has the first shot of the match, but the Southend midfielder was pole axed by McNulty for his troubles as his effort sliced high and wide.

3:15pm

No actual goalmouth action to talk about so far. Neither side look capable of getting the ball down and taking control of the game in the opening stages.

3:09pm

7 - Excellent covering tackle from Veseli to cut out a Straker cross to Eastwood.

3:02pm

Looks like Soares is going to start out wide and Sedge in the middle...

2:52pm

PS: Cringe worthy typo in the Southend programme today, with a big feature on Bury manager "Gary Flitcroft". Doh!
We've all done them though. As my granddad would say: "There before the grace of God."

2:49pm

There has been no confirmation from the club as yet on Anton Forrester's injury, picked up just six minutes after coming on as a substitute on Tuesday night.

The 20-year-old striker was due to undergo scans on possible knee ligament damage, but the results of those scans have not been released.

He is missing from today's matchday squad, but with Nardiello also out injured today Bury will be hoping his knee problem is not as serious as first thought.

2:41pm

Team news

Daniel Nardiello is one of four players missing from the side that started Tuesday night's 2-2 draw at home to Fleetwood Town.

The club's leading scorer picked up a muscle injury overstretching for a tackle during the second half, although the Bury officials have not confirmed the nature of the problem.

His strike partner, Clive Platt, has also dropped down to the bench, with Ashley Grimes and Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro coming into attack.

Jake Carroll has also lost his place in the starting line-up to debutant Chris Hussey, following the wing-back's arrival on loan from Burton Albion until the end of the season.

Tommy Miller has dropped out of the squad altogether, possibly due to a foot injury although the veteran midfielder is probably due a rest following an intense run of matches.

His place in the centre of midfield will be taken by fit-again Tom Soares.

2:18pm

Full line-ups

SOUTHEND: Bentley; White, Sokolik, Egan, Coker; Laird, Leonard, Clifford; Hurst, Eastwood, Straker.

Subs: Smith, Prosser, Timlin, Corr, Atkinson, Payne, Barnard.

BURY: Jensen; Veseli, Mills, McNulty; Sedgwick, Soares, Tutte, Hussey; Mayor; Akpa Akpro, Grimes.

Subs: Hinds, Young, Platt, Carroll, Burke, Charles-Cook, Dudley.

2:04pm

Just waiting for the team line-ups here at a sunny Roots Hall where Bury will be looking to continue a run of form that has seen them lose just once in nine matches.

Southend, on the other hand, have not won in 10 league games but are clinging to the final play-off place, seventh in the League Two table.

Despite the comparitive form of the two teams, Roots Hall has not been a happy hunting ground for Bury down the years,

The Shakers have only won three matches at Southend in their history and once in the last 54 years.

That came in April, 2003, when goals from Michael Nelson and Lee Connell cancelled out an opener from Leon Cort in a 2-1 victory.

Recent encounters, though, have been tight.

Neither side has scored more than one goal – home or away - in the nine matches since Bury’s last win at Southend.

And the last four fixtures have ended in 1-1 draws, although the last meeting at Roots Hall ultimately ended in misery for Kevin Blackwell’s Shakers as they were dumped out of the FA Cup on penalties after their second-round replay ended in stalemate.

 

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3:09pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Eileenshakers says...

I thought you said players like Carroll who are speed merchants would have pace to burn causing oposition defences real problems,so why is he not in the team Mr Flitcroft?.

Why give James Burke an 18 month contract and then never play him?,now we are all worried regarding Nardiello's injury as he is our only regular goalscorer.

I just hope the lack of striking options and the lack of recruiting of them doesn't come back to haunt us.
I thought you said players like Carroll who are speed merchants would have pace to burn causing oposition defences real problems,so why is he not in the team Mr Flitcroft?. Why give James Burke an 18 month contract and then never play him?,now we are all worried regarding Nardiello's injury as he is our only regular goalscorer. I just hope the lack of striking options and the lack of recruiting of them doesn't come back to haunt us. Eileenshakers
  • Score: 1

11:38pm Sat 15 Mar 14

easylife44 says...

What a long way to go for a terrible match. However, clean sheet, one point and up the league table we go. This match should have been abandoned based upon the lack of interest from both sides....urghh

Oh well, I am the Boss learned a great deal from this one.
What a long way to go for a terrible match. However, clean sheet, one point and up the league table we go. This match should have been abandoned based upon the lack of interest from both sides....urghh Oh well, I am the Boss learned a great deal from this one. easylife44
  • Score: 2

5:06pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Eileenshakers says...

A strange game and even stranger decision by our super duper boss to make a brave choice in replacing The Beast with a little known goalkeeper making his league debut.

Not a coincidence of course that he should happen to play his home town team in front of his family,this musy have been agreed prior to the match by all parties.

So that's 15 draws this season,i'm starting to see a pattern developing here and other teams have gone down this road just to avoid relegation in a new league.

Last season York City were the draw specialists in league 2 and The Scunniebunnies in League 1 the previous season when we were in league 1 in our first season.

I think a lack of goalscoring opportunities is nothing short of disgraceful for the long suffering away fans,the players are pampered with overnight accomodation yet they put this lacklustre display on for the fans.

Our seaon is just simply petering out although we will stay up,now to build for next season although unless there is major surgery in midfield we will be just making up the numbers in league 2.
A strange game and even stranger decision by our super duper boss to make a brave choice in replacing The Beast with a little known goalkeeper making his league debut. Not a coincidence of course that he should happen to play his home town team in front of his family,this musy have been agreed prior to the match by all parties. So that's 15 draws this season,i'm starting to see a pattern developing here and other teams have gone down this road just to avoid relegation in a new league. Last season York City were the draw specialists in league 2 and The Scunniebunnies in League 1 the previous season when we were in league 1 in our first season. I think a lack of goalscoring opportunities is nothing short of disgraceful for the long suffering away fans,the players are pampered with overnight accomodation yet they put this lacklustre display on for the fans. Our seaon is just simply petering out although we will stay up,now to build for next season although unless there is major surgery in midfield we will be just making up the numbers in league 2. Eileenshakers
  • Score: 1

12:11am Mon 17 Mar 14

easylife44 says...

Eileenshakers wrote:
A strange game and even stranger decision by our super duper boss to make a brave choice in replacing The Beast with a little known goalkeeper making his league debut.

Not a coincidence of course that he should happen to play his home town team in front of his family,this musy have been agreed prior to the match by all parties.

So that's 15 draws this season,i'm starting to see a pattern developing here and other teams have gone down this road just to avoid relegation in a new league.

Last season York City were the draw specialists in league 2 and The Scunniebunnies in League 1 the previous season when we were in league 1 in our first season.

I think a lack of goalscoring opportunities is nothing short of disgraceful for the long suffering away fans,the players are pampered with overnight accomodation yet they put this lacklustre display on for the fans.

Our seaon is just simply petering out although we will stay up,now to build for next season although unless there is major surgery in midfield we will be just making up the numbers in league 2.
Eileen, mostly agree with you but I will take one point every day rather than losses....your right about the travelling...of course, I could not make it to Mansfield, but did chelty....maybe I need to stay home :-)...off to Devon tomorrow for Tuesday's game..

UTS---Beast? Strange one.
[quote][p][bold]Eileenshakers[/bold] wrote: A strange game and even stranger decision by our super duper boss to make a brave choice in replacing The Beast with a little known goalkeeper making his league debut. Not a coincidence of course that he should happen to play his home town team in front of his family,this musy have been agreed prior to the match by all parties. So that's 15 draws this season,i'm starting to see a pattern developing here and other teams have gone down this road just to avoid relegation in a new league. Last season York City were the draw specialists in league 2 and The Scunniebunnies in League 1 the previous season when we were in league 1 in our first season. I think a lack of goalscoring opportunities is nothing short of disgraceful for the long suffering away fans,the players are pampered with overnight accomodation yet they put this lacklustre display on for the fans. Our seaon is just simply petering out although we will stay up,now to build for next season although unless there is major surgery in midfield we will be just making up the numbers in league 2.[/p][/quote]Eileen, mostly agree with you but I will take one point every day rather than losses....your right about the travelling...of course, I could not make it to Mansfield, but did chelty....maybe I need to stay home :-)...off to Devon tomorrow for Tuesday's game.. UTS---Beast? Strange one. easylife44
  • Score: 0

1:17pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Eileenshakers says...

On another point why does DF sign a player then take him off and why does he sign players who are then left on the bench such as Carroll?.

What's happen to Robbie McEntyre?not featured even as a sub for a wee while.

Yes not getting beat is a better feeling than losing but i want us to get out of this drawing games rut.I accept that perhaps there aren't enough creative players in the side right now to open up teams.

At least the lads are creating some opportunities even if they were few and far between in that bore,snore draw at Roots Hall last Saturday.

In order to win a match both teams have got to really go for it at this level.It's so difficult to break down teams when they are intent on not getting beat and putting two banks of four in front of you.

Their fans should have played hell with their players lack of ambition going forward and poor finishing.

Tonight will be a tough game,The Gulls have already beaten The Fail and i would dearly love it if we could open up a 7 point gap and ease the tension of possible relegation.

They will be nervous and won't want to conceed the first goal or their heads will drop especially given their perilous position so come on lads let's score that opening goal and see how they react.
On another point why does DF sign a player then take him off and why does he sign players who are then left on the bench such as Carroll?. What's happen to Robbie McEntyre?not featured even as a sub for a wee while. Yes not getting beat is a better feeling than losing but i want us to get out of this drawing games rut.I accept that perhaps there aren't enough creative players in the side right now to open up teams. At least the lads are creating some opportunities even if they were few and far between in that bore,snore draw at Roots Hall last Saturday. In order to win a match both teams have got to really go for it at this level.It's so difficult to break down teams when they are intent on not getting beat and putting two banks of four in front of you. Their fans should have played hell with their players lack of ambition going forward and poor finishing. Tonight will be a tough game,The Gulls have already beaten The Fail and i would dearly love it if we could open up a 7 point gap and ease the tension of possible relegation. They will be nervous and won't want to conceed the first goal or their heads will drop especially given their perilous position so come on lads let's score that opening goal and see how they react. Eileenshakers
  • Score: 1

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