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Pre-Match Thread Southend United v Port Vale.


Life President
Jan 21, 2007
Well match day is upon us yet again.

Whilst most of the talk has been about Tilly's pay off and Sturrocks need for a striker , its been a strange week of relative quiet on the zone . This has been slow news week that is for sure.

There has even been talk that V festival will affect southend uniteds gates.

Personally i think that a drop in league and quality and a complete distain by most for our chairman is more of a concern than an annual festival in chelmsford.

On to todays game. Its fair to say that since we dropped out of league 1 and had a change of manager and team , i have found my enthusiasm drop significantly.

I would usually visit our opponents forums etc and would have atleast some degree of information in which to base a pre-match thread , but im afraid i know very little of port vale other than they look a very decent outfit at this level and are scoring goals, 3 of which came away at QPR in the cup.

Its been well document that we are a team that is still learning and learn we must if we are to achieve not just morale within the club , but points in the league.

Whilst 1 point from 2 games is not a huge worry , we dont want to be 1 point from 3 games and let morale drop.

That said port vale are a decent outfit at this level and blues will have to be solid at the back yet again, but must convert and create the chances that come there way.

Blues may well make changes with the blues faithful eagerly awaiting to see both Bilel and Hall get there first starts for the club.

Bilel and Bouzid have now been clearance to play , but its Bilel who most fans are looking foward to seeing. The player seems to wear his heart on his sleeve and is blessed with a huge amount of raw talent which im sure sturrock will be looking to harness whilst Bouzid will more than likely find himself on the bench .

As for Hall he has been unlucky with Injury/illness since his arrival , but again has won over the fans in the brief pitch time he has had at his disposal. Its strange that some can achieve this whilst others seem to have to perform consistantly for years to achieve it. I guess first impressions count!

I am hopefull we will start in a more conventional 4-4-2 , but sturrock seems to want to persevere with 4-5-1 or 4-3-3 which either make us a little long ball to the lone striker or succeptable to the break with 3 in the middle.

I am going for :


Clohessy Bilel Phillips barker

Hall Easton Grant Simpson

Paterson Corr

With a 1-1 draw infront of 5300 odd.

Please post your thoughts predictions etc.

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