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Official Match Thread Southend United v Yeovil Town

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The Official Match Thread brought to you by ShrimperZone.com

So here we are, our ninth home game in the Vanarama National League of the 2021/22 season. This is the Dream Team’s 4th home game in charge since Kevin Maher and his management team were appointed at the Mighty Shrimpers.

Our 9th home is against Yeovil Town

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It is now time for ALL of us to get behind him and the team whether you are at Roots Hall, listening on the radio, listening on Blues TV, you can all still make that famous "Roots Hall Roar”.

Our 9th Southend United Vanarama National League Home Team of the 2021/22 season


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The Roots Hall pitch looks fantastic and is ready for action at 19.45 pm Tuesday 11th January 2022 against Yeovil Town. It looks like we will have light rain with a gental breeze for this evening’s game at Roots Hall.

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Here is the weather forecast for this evening’s game at Roots Hall

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Current League home record after 8 home games

Won 2
Dawn 2
Lost 4
Goals scored 10
Goals conceded 14

League Positions Last Season

23rd (2020/21 Season) EFL League Two Southend United (Relegated)
16th (2020/21 Season) Vanarama National League Yeovil Town

League Positions Current Season

11th (2021/22 Season) Vanarama National League Yeovil Town
19th (2021/22 Season) Vanarama National League Southend United

Recent League Position Change
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Previous Meetings

Yeovil Town 1-0 Southend United (FA Cup 04/11/17 Att. 2,079)
Southend United 0-1 Yeovil Town (EFL Carabao Cup 06/08/13 Att. 2,971)
Southend United 0-0 Yeovil Town (EFL League One 03/04/10 Att. 6,854)
Yeovil Town 1-0 Southend United (EFL League One 14/11/09 Att. 3,906)
Southend United 0-1 Yeovil Town (EFL League One 24/01/09 Att. 6,409)

Head to Head record

Southend United Wins: 5
Draws: 3
Yeovil Town Wins 10

Current Form

Yeovil Town
D W W L L
Southend United W D L D W

Come On You Blues!
 

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Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town Manager Darren Sarll match interview before travelling over to Roots Hall for this evening’s game


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Yeovil Town Manager Darren Sarll

Speaking after Yeovil’s FA Cup exit, the boss said, “All the glamour is over now. The cameras that are not normally here, they won’t be back. It’s important we get back to being gritty, earning three points, taking draws away.

“It’s time now to get back to the reality of what the fifth division in English Football looks like. Tuesday will be tough because Southend are a well supported club with a bigger resource than us.”

Team news

Despite a COVID-19 scare, Yeovil Town were able to name an almost full compliment in the FA Cup against AFC Bournemouth.

Mark Little was a noticeable absentee from the bench as his long-awaited return seems to be delayed another week.

Joe Quigley marked his first start after injury with a goal against the Cherries and will be vying for another start in Essex.

There could be a return for Grant Smith who has now served his two-game suspension for his red card against Torquay United.

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Southend United

Keven Maher talks to the Southend United ifollow before this evening’s game with Yeovil Town


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Kevin Maher during his interview on ifollow before this evening’s game with Yeovil Town

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Kevin Maher talked to the Chris Phillips at the Echo before this evening’s game against Yeovil Town

Kevin Maher feels Southend United are growing in confidence ahead of Yeovil Town clash


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On the up - Southend United won at Weymouth at the weekend

Southend United boss Kevin Maher feels the Shrimpers are slowly starting to grow in confidence ahead of Tuesday night's clash with Yeovil Town at Roots Hall.

Blues head into the game having been beaten just once in their last six outings.

And Maher feels things are now starting to move in the right direction for his side.

“It was an important win at Weymouth on Saturday and overall it was a good performance too which I think shows we’re moving in the right direction,” said Maher.

“Getting an important win like we did at the weekend always builds confidence.

“We’ve lost once in six so that should build confidence too and we want to take that into this game.

“It’s one we’re looking forward to as well.

“We’ve done it away from home now we need to transfer it to Roots Hall under the lights on Tuesday.”

Tomorrow's encounter against the Glovers will be just the second time the Shrimpers have played a home game in the National League since mid November.

And Maher is eager to return with another solid performance as Blues bid to secure back to back wins for the first time this season.

“It’s been a little while since we’ve been at home after the games were called off over Christmas,” said the Blues boss.

“We’re delighted to get back in front of the fans and I’m sure they will turn out in good numbers because they always do.

“I’m sure they will get behind us as well and that’s what we need at home.”

Blues head into tomorrow’s game sitting 19th in the table, four points above the drop zone.

Yeovil, who were beaten by Bournemouth in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday, are placed in 11th.

And Maher knows the Glovers will be tough to beat.

“I know Darren (Sarll) their manager well and his team will definitely be organised,” said Maher.

“He will have them well up for the game so it’s going to be tough.

“We watched them at Bromley where they won but we will be ready.”

Yeovil had won eight out of nine games but have now suffered three defeats in succession prior to Tuesday's encounter.

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The Big Preview

Southend United vs Yeovil Town

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Overview

Southend United will be looking to build upon their crucial victory at the weekend, as they go head-to-head with Yeovil Town under the Roots Hall lights this evening.

Blues secured a huge three points just three days ago, beating Weymouth 1-0 to pull four points clear of the relegation zone.

And Kevin Maher’s side will be gunning to further that gap tonight, but face a tough test against the Glovers who put in a strong performance against Championship leaders Bournemouth in the FA Cup third round on Saturday, a match which ultimately ended in 3-1 victory for the Cherries.

Tonight’s visitors sit 11th in the National League standings, seven points from the play-off spots and 12 points better off than Blues.

Yeovil’s record against Southend makes for grim reading for Blues fans, the side from the West Country a earning 1-0 victory in four of the sides’ last five meetings.

The Opposition:

Formed in 1895, the Glovers have a rich history in England’s top four tiers, but have been resigned to the National League since their relegation from League Two in 2019.

Yeovil were competing in the Championship as recently as 2014, however after their first season in the second tier, they suffered a double relegation back to the Football League’s basement division and suffered from poor form until their eventual drop to the National League.

Upon their arrival to non-league, they appointed former Stevenage manager Darren Sarll, and he has so far navigated the job impressively in difficult circumstances.

Blues striker Rhys Murphy will be greeted by some familiar faces as Yeovil come to town, the 31-year-old enjoyed a fruitful two-year spell with the Somerset club until he signed for Blues last summer.

Form:

Southend boss Maher has overseen an impressive turn in form in recent weeks with his side losing just once in their last six outings.

In that time, Blues have tasted victory three times, while drawing twice.

And a real positive for Maher’s outfit in their last three outings has been the presence of Matt Dennis in attack, the Norwich City loanee has scored in each of the three matches, his latest strike a well-taken composed finish to secure victory for Southend at Weymouth.

This evening’s visitors travel to Roots Hall having lost all their last three matches.

But the form guide seems harsh on the Glovers, as before their most recent setbacks, they had been on an 11-match unbeaten run in which they achieved nine victories.

From The Boss:

"It shows we’re building in the right direction and it’s important we keep that standard where it’s been the last couple of games," said Maher.

"We’ve done it away from home now we need to transfer it to Roots Hall under the lights tonight.

"Getting an important win like we did at the weekend always build confidence.

"We’ve lost once in six so that should build confidence too and we want to take that into this game.

"It’s been a little while since we’ve been at home after the games were called off.

"We’re delighted to get back in front of the fans and I’m sure they will turn out in good numbers because they always do.

"I’m sure they will get behind us as well and that’s what we need at home.”

Blues’ Team News:

John White will be touch and go for Blues as he has just re-joined training after suffering an injury against Bromley on Boxing Day.

Louis Walsh and Collin Andeng Ndi missed out on Saturday but could feature in the squad tonight having both recovered from Covid-19.

Jack Bridge, James Dunne, Abu Ogogo and Simeon Akinola remain out.

Ref Watch:

Adrian Quelch will oversee proceedings at Roots Hall tonight.

It’ll be his second trip to Roots Hall this season, having officiated Blues’ 3-2 defeat to Aldershot Town in September.

This season, he has refereed eight National League fixtures, brandishing 34 yellow cards in that time and three reds.

Jeffrey Aldous and Stephen Parkinson will be assistants with Jamaal Horne as fourth official.

Tickets:

Tickets are on sale for the game from the Blues Box Office online, on the phone (0344 477 0077) or in person.

Tickets cost £20 for adults, £15 for concessions and £10 for juniors (9-16) and £5 for a child (8 and under).

Elsewhere in the National League:

Altrincham v Stockport County

Boreham Wood v Wealdstone

FC Halifax v Grimsby

King’s Lynn Town v Notts County

How to Follow:

Blues fans unable to attend Roots Hall will still be able to follow all the live action by subscribing to Blues TV where you’ll get live match commentary from the BBC Essex team from all first-team matches this season.

Blues TV costs £4.49 per month or a one-off cost of £45 for the season, with your subscription not only giving you match commentary, but also exclusive access to extended match highlights, full pre-match press conferences, interviews, features and more.

You can also follow live minute-by-minute updates on social media via the Club’s official Twitter account by following
@SUFCRootsHall on Twitter, which will ensure you get all the latest news and more throughout the 2021/22 season.

Matchday programme:

The matchday programme ‘Roots Review’ is a special 'Match for Mind' edition as the Club shines a light on the importance of speaking out and encourgaing those who suffer with mental health issues to seek help.

The matchday magazine will be available to buy outside the stadium from the programme hut and the West Stand ticket office.

The programme hut is based at the bottom of the main car park off Victoria Avenue, which along with a dedicated programme only window at the west stand ticket office, will be the two main points for supporters to buy a programme.

Reduced quantities will be available from some bars and kiosks also.

A digital matchday programme can be bought via MatchDay Digital.

Apple users can download the app
here, while Android users can download a copy via the Google Play store here.

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Match for Mind

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Tonight’s fixture has been dedicated as a’ ‘Match for Mind’. A handful of supporters will be walking from Chelmsford to Roots Hall with the match ball as the game is geared around encouraging those struggling to speak out. The match involves two teams who have been hit hard by mental health in the past. On January 1st, 2020, we sadly lost former captain Chris Barker, while Yeovil also sadly lost captain Lee Collins after mental health struggles in March 2021. So far, almost £2,000 has been raised for South East and Central Essex Mind, and donations are being accepted here.

 

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Apologies if this has been asked many times already, but are we doing streams for Tuesday night games or is that dead now we're not in the football league anymore?
 

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Apologies if this has been asked many times already, but are we doing streams for Tuesday night games or is that dead now we're not in the football league anymore?

No live TV streams I am afraid since leaving the EFL, BT Sport has exclusive rights to the National League. We are lucky now if we get 2 minutes of "Highlights" a couple of days after the game.

You can listen on Blues TV (audio only) or here

 

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Top scorer Quigley is on the bench for the Glovers. Hopefully that's good news for us.
 

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It's live but it's also silent on my computer (no, I haven't got it on mute).
 
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