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Preview: Fleetwood Town v Southend United

5 April 2019

Fleetwood Town will host Southend United on Saturday afternoon in Sky Bet League One, looking to make it three league wins on the bounce after wins against Plymouth and A

Fixture: Fleetwood Town v Southend United

Competition: Sky Bet League One

Date: Saturday 6th April 2019

Kick-Off: 15:00

Venue: Highbury Stadium, Park Avenue, Fleetwood, FY7 6TX

Match officials: Peter Wright (Referee), Graeme Fyvie & Gary Hilton (Assistants), Ian Dudley (Fourth Official)

FLEETWOOD TOWN

Last five results in all competitions:  W W L L D

League position: 10th with 55 points

Top goal scorer: Paddy Madden (18 goals in all competitions)

With Town’s last match being a 1-0 win over local rivals Accrington Stanley, it's now back to back wins in the league. Previously, Town beat Plymouth Argyle 2-0 and with these wins, there’s a lot of confidence going into this match at the Southend United.

Fleetwood lost last time they faced Southend United at Roots Hall, with experienced forward Simon Cox scoring the winning goal in the 53rd minute. Will Town get revenge?

Jason Holt was stretched off last weekend in the first half - we are yet sure of the extent of his injury. Dean Marney is back in training, but this game will come to soon for the central midfielder.

SOUTHEND UNITED

Last five results in all competitions: L L L L D 

League position: 20th with 42 points.

Club’s top goal scorer: Simon Cox (16 goals all competitions)

Southend United haven't won a game in 12 Sky Bet League One matches, having lost their last five matches with the latest being a 2-0 home defeat to Shrewsbury Town. Their last point came against Fleetwood's rivals Blackpool FC. Having gone into the 95th minute a goal up, it was a late goal to share the points.

Chris Powell was sacked last week after the run of results, which meant Kevin Bond is the man now in charge to help steer the ship at Roots Hall to safety, starting off with a trip to a former player of his, Joey Barton. 

Bond worked with Harry Redknapp at Queens Park Rangers - with Clint Hill being another familar face on the touch line for the new boss who travels to Highbury Stadium.

Last time the two sides met

On the 22nd September 2018, the two sides met at Roots Hall, and it will be a matchday Fleetwood will forget, with the game finishing 1-0 to Southend.

The one to watch for Saturday’s game, Simon Cox scored the only goal of the game in the 53rd minute, with Fleetwood having chances to take a point home. James Wallace picked up a red card late in the match.

One To Watch:

Simon Cox is The Shrimpers’ ‘One to Watch’ for this Saturday’s clash, with the former West Brom and Swindon striker proving to be Southend’s main source of goals so far this season.

The 31-year-old was born in Tilehurt in England and began his career in football at the Reading FC Academy, where he was there for nine years before signing his first professional contract at the Royals.

In three years, the forward was loaned out to Brentford, Northampton and Swindon, where goals were hard to come by, but having enjoyed his best spell at Swindon, that was the club he signed for on a permanent deal in 2008.

Cox scored three hat-tricks for The Robins in his one season before moving to West Brom on an initial deal worth £1.5m. With spells at Nottingham Forest and a return to Reading, it is Southend where he’s enjoying his football on the coast.

Cox has featured in 43 games in all competitions, scoring 16 goals.

JOEY BARTON

“They have some quality performers in their squad and we expect them to be different this time around with the new manager at the helm. We went down to their place earlier in the season and lost so we have a great opportunity to put that right this weekend.

“The focus is on us on Saturday as we are where we are in the league for a reason. It can really give us a boost in our play-off push, however we know it is a long shot. I still don’t think there’s pressure on us because there are sides up there with points on the board. We do have a chance to put that right, we still believe as we are coming into form at the right time.

You can watch Joey’s full interview HERE on our official iFollow page.

KEVIN BOND

“Confidence is the biggest factor that we need to build and really that only comes with a result, a clean sheet; those sort of things. We need to try and get through the game without conceding a goal, get a point, get three points, give ourselves something to build from if we can.

“We need to address that, get something from somewhere in our next game and build from that to get the lads confident. We are capable of better than where we are but it won’t just be somebody coming in and that makes everyone confident, it’s a process.”

TICKET INFORMATION

Adults - available from £22

Seniors & Under 25s - available from £17

Under 16s - available from £7

There are only FOUR games left this season on home soil, so lets back the lads and make Highbury a fortress.

Supporters are able to buy tickets and travel over the phone by calling 01253 775080. See you all there on Saturday!

BETTING ODDS

If you fancy Fleetwood Town to get three points against Southend United this weekend, you can get odds of 4/5.

For Southend to pick up the points on the road for the first time since the middle of January, the odds are currently at 18/5. A draw is priced at 23/10.

For Fleetwood to win 1-0 (9/2) – Fleetwood to win 2-0 (13/2).

The SkyBet price boosts odds of Fleetwood to win 3-0, 3-1 or 3-2, the odds are 6/1. Worth a bet?

There are more odds on the official Sky Bet website HERE. Please bet and gamble responsibly.

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Match Reports

Report: Town settle for a point after Evans double

6 April 2019

Two goals from Ched Evans were only enough for a point at Highbury as Fleetwood Town drew 2-2 with Southend United on Saturday.

The Cod Army came from behind twice against the relegation threatened side, courtesy of goals either side of half-time from Harry Bunn and Luke Hyam. 

However, a late Evans penalty – after Paddy Madden was fouled – sealed a point in a game in which Joey Barton’s side were unfortunate to not collect all three points.

Town got off to an inspired start, as Madden headed the ball into the back of the net after just two minutes. Unfortunately for The Cod Army, it was disallowed for offside and the score remained level.

Fleetwood kept up the pressure early doors, moving the ball quickly and keeping possession well, however, couldn’t find a way through Southend’s defensive line. Ross Wallace almost created a chance for himself after a silky run in and out of two defenders, but Rob Kiernan made a good challenge to prevent a shot.

The Shrimpers grew into the game and had their first effort in the 16th minute. Simon Cox, who is currently on 14 league goals, dragged his shot wide from outside the area.

Five minutes later and Kevin Bond’s side were in the lead, after an error at the back from Fleetwood Town allowed Bunn to get on the scoresheet from close range.

The Cod Army, in search of an equaliser, reacted well with Evans meeting Lewie Coyle’s cross, but the header was deflected wide for a corner. Although, the resulting corner couldn’t find anyone in the box and came to nothing.

Joey Barton made two changes at half time with both Ash Hunter and Ashley Nadesan coming on, replacing Ryan Rydel and Harrison Biggins.

Fleetwood started the second half the better side, with Nathan Bishop pulling off a crucial save to keep Madden’s effort out and the score level. A minute later, Hunter almost made an immediate impact after his in-swinging corner hit the crossbar.

Eventually Town got the equaliser they were looking for through the captain, Evans. It came after some brilliant play down the right flank, capped off by Nadesan’s great pass through to Ched, who then hit it past Bishop for his 14th Sky Bet League One goal of the campaign.

After a poor performance in the first half, Fleetwood Town definitely raised their game for the second, keeping the ball better and creating more chances. The next chance came through Wallace as his deep cross picked out Madden but fortunately for Southend they could scramble his cut-back away.

From one end to the other, substitute, Ash Eastham had the chance to put Fleetwood in front but couldn’t get enough contact on the attempt and from that The Shrimpers countered and could only manage to win a corner from it.

Following the corner, Southend were awarded a free-kick after a foul on Sam Hart. The free-kick was nicely delivered and Town failed to clear it, allowing Luke Hyam to hit the ball from just inside the box, with venom, into the top of the net.

Two minutes later and Fleetwood were awarded a penalty after Madden was brought down in the area. Evans stepped up and calmly slotted the penalty into the net, sending the keeper the wrong way and adding another to his tally for the season, making it 15 goals in the league.

Fleetwood remain unbeaten in three games now, picking up 7 points from a possible 9.

Town XI: Cairns (GK), Coyle, Burns, Evans (c), Souttar, Madden, Wallace, Husband, Biggins (Nadesan 46’), Sowerby (Eastham 69’), Rydel (Hunter 46’).

Subs not used: Jones (GK), Sheron, Baggley, Hill.

Southend XI: Bishop (GK), Hyam, Kightly, Cox, Kiernan, Mantom (Dieng 81’), Demetriou, Lennon, Bunn (Humphrys 69’), Hart (Bwomono 89’), White.

Subs not used: Oxley (GK), Yearwood, Moore, Kelman.

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Ticket News

Back the lads this weekend against Southend

1 April 2019

Get yours tickets today for our match against Southend United this Saturday at Highbury Stadium.

On Saturday 6th April, Fleetwood Town welcome Southend United to the Fylde Coast as the season gets ever so close to the final few matches of the 2018/19 campaign.

After an end to end match in the Lancashire derby against Accrington Stanley last time out, Town came out on top with Stoke City loanee Harry Souttar heading home the only goal of the match. That win has really made it interesting with the run for the play-off places.

Fans can pick up their tickets for Saturday's game against the Shrimpers at Highbury in the Club Shop, as well as buy them at Poolfoot Farm from the main desk. Tickets will also be available online - meaning you don't have to move from the comfort of your own home.

Here are the all important ticket prices for the Sky Bet League One fixture:

Adults - available from £22

Seniors & Under 25s - available from £17

Under 16s - available from £7

There are only FOUR games left this season on home soil, so lets back the lads and make Highbury a fortress.

Supporters are able to buy tickets and travel over the phone by calling 01253 775080. See you all there on Saturday!

#OnwardTogether

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