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Pre-Match Thread Southend United v Boreham Wood, Saturday 6th August, 15:00ko, NL

Starting XI and Result

  • Steve Arnold

    Votes: 138 90.8%
  • Gus Scott-Morriss

    Votes: 9 5.9%
  • Harry Taylor

    Votes: 109 71.7%
  • Jaden Crowhust

    Votes: 16 10.5%
  • Shaun Hobson

    Votes: 121 79.6%
  • Ollie Kensdale

    Votes: 137 90.1%
  • Louis Lomas

    Votes: 38 25.0%
  • Nathan Ralph

    Votes: 135 88.8%
  • Tom Clifford

    Votes: 97 63.8%
  • Cavaghn Miley

    Votes: 130 85.5%
  • Noor Husin

    Votes: 95 62.5%
  • Wes Fonguck

    Votes: 56 36.8%
  • Dan Mooney

    Votes: 135 88.8%
  • Jack Bridge

    Votes: 41 27.0%
  • Callum Powell

    Votes: 114 75.0%
  • Chris Wreh

    Votes: 54 35.5%
  • Collin Andeng-Ndi

    Votes: 3 2.0%
  • Tommy Davis

    Votes: 1 0.7%
  • Ollie Coker

    Votes: 1 0.7%
  • Jon Benton

    Votes: 3 2.0%
  • Louie Arrowsmith

    Votes: 3 2.0%
  • Luke Reeve

    Votes: 1 0.7%
  • Jake Hyde

    Votes: 94 61.8%
  • .....

    Votes: 1 0.7%
  • .....

    Votes: 1 0.7%
  • .....

    Votes: 1 0.7%
  • .....

    Votes: 1 0.7%
  • Win

    Votes: 68 44.7%
  • Draw

    Votes: 32 21.1%
  • Lose

    Votes: 14 9.2%

  • Total voters
    152
  • Poll closed .
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First x rated assault on a Southend player timed at 4 minutes. Ref gives Boreham Wood player a stern warning. Boreham Wood attack relentlessly down our weak left flank which inspires Clifford to find his form again. He curls the winner from a free kick with 5 minutes to go.
 

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Arnold
Crowhust Hobson Kensdale Ralph Clifford
Miley Husin
Mooney Hyde Powell

SUBS: Wreh, Fonguck, Bridge, Lomas, Taylor​

For reference of how much better that side looks 12 months on, this is how we lined up away at Kings Lynn 21st August 2021:

Arnold
Demetriou White Coulson Ralph Bridge
Ferguson Ogogo Phillips
Murphy Dalby

SUBS: Hobson, Egbri, Seaden, Kargbo, Dennis.
This seasons side beats last seasons side comfortably, and that's whilst still missing Murphy and Cardwell through injury.

Midfield has vastly improved with the Afghan Prince, Miley, Wes and Taylor to pick from. Defence will certainly be quicker, with the only question mark being the attack. However, Mooney is a definite upgrade. We are looking stronger IMHO.
 

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Arnold

Hobson
Kensdale
Ralph

Taylor
Miley
Husin
Clifford

Mooney
Hyde
Bridge

Ndi, Lomas, Fonguck, Powell, Wreh
That would be my starting 11 too.

I’ll be sitting by the pool in Turkey for this one I’m afraid.
 

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Arnold

Hobson
Kensdale
Ralph

Taylor
Miley
Husin
Clifford

Mooney
Hyde
Bridge

Ndi, Lomas, Fonguck, Powell, Wreh
Just can't see Powell being dropped to the bench after the pre-season he has had- top scorer, stand out threat, brilliant well done have a seat...on the bench. Not the KM way.
 

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Midfield has vastly improved with the Afghan Prince, Miley, Wes and Taylor to pick from. Defence will certainly be quicker, with the only question mark being the attack. However, Mooney is a definite upgrade. We are looking stronger IMHO.

Midfield options certain have improved.

Last year Maher abandoned the 3-4-3 as he presumably didn’t think the midfield was good enough to keep it going. Obviously we’re now stronger having thankfully ditched Atkinson but I’m not sure Miley is going to be better than Neal, who was excellent for us.

It will be something to watch out for how often he feels the need to switch to 3 in central midfield - and when he does so what happens to Mooney. I feel like I have a good handle on what plan A is, not so much plan B.
 

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4409 home bums on seats now, so creeping up slowly. With 4 buying days still to go I reckon 5k is probably achievable, and that's without the Boreham Wood hordes that will invade the North Stand. Doubt they will try and take the West now Rose is in charge.

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Don’t forget, it’s always the extra 500-1k will decide in the last minutes and pay on the day.
 

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Midfield options certain have improved.

Last year Maher abandoned the 3-4-3 as he presumably didn’t think the midfield was good enough to keep it going. Obviously we’re now stronger having thankfully ditched Atkinson but I’m not sure Miley is going to be better than Neal, who was excellent for us.

It will be something to watch out for how often he feels the need to switch to 3 in central midfield - and when he does so what happens to Mooney. I feel like I have a good handle on what plan A is, not so much plan B.
I agree, but I think it’s a bit harsh to speak in such terms about Will Atkinson.

He’s a good honest pro that gave of his best, and had some really good games for us last season. Yes, his best days were (and are) behind him but our options were few and not only did he absolutely try his hardest, he also succeeded on the pitch many times last season. Quite a lot of games he was found wanting compared to the opposition, it’s true.

I’ll save my harsh words though for those that didn’t give of their best in a blue shirt.
 

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Midfield options certain have improved.

Last year Maher abandoned the 3-4-3 as he presumably didn’t think the midfield was good enough to keep it going. Obviously we’re now stronger having thankfully ditched Atkinson but I’m not sure Miley is going to be better than Neal, who was excellent for us.

It will be something to watch out for how often he feels the need to switch to 3 in central midfield - and when he does so what happens to Mooney. I feel like I have a good handle on what plan A is, not so much plan B.

Wow, Yorkshire mate, incredibly harsh on Atko. He was brilliant for us, Kev and Darren loved him, they re upped his contract till end of the season.

Him and Harrison Neal got on like a house on fire also, Will was always instructing him in training. I bet Neal doesn't look half as effective without Atkinson next to him in the middle, will take him time to adapt.
 

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Just can't see Powell being dropped to the bench after the pre-season he has had- top scorer, stand out threat, brilliant well done have a seat...on the bench. Not the KM way.
I think Powell will divide opinion this season. There is no doubt that he has sharpened up on the goal scoring but there are times when he makes the wrong decisions in the final third. That's not to say that he's not a danger to defences, he is, but it also depends on the blend of the team and certainly against Palace I though he was not anywhere near as effective as I hoped he would be. As I say, it will be about opinions..............Maher's!!
 

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That's the exciting thing compared to last year. Play Bridge and you have Powell to come off the bench, and vice versa. Play Husin and you can bring on Fonguck. Play Hyde and you have Weah Werh Wreh. Happy days.
 
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