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Southend v. Tranmere

Matt the Shrimp

aka Harry Potter
Oct 27, 2003
Lewisham, London
Erm... am I missing something here, or has no one managed to put up a match report for our 0-0 draw at Tranmere?

Oh well... not much to report, really.  We were as mediocre at Prenton Park as we had been scintillating the previous week against Brentford.

I'm too tired tonight to do a big, long report - so here are a few random thoughts for you instead. Bad points:

* Maher - poor.  A lot of lofted, hoofing balls.  Outclassed significantly by McAteer.  He also really missed not having Guttridge there as an outlook.

* Pettefer - negative, unconfident, offered little - although dogged in defence as always.

* Jupp - went walkabout far too often.  Outshone significantly by Francis, the Tranmere right back.

but, on the bright side:

* Darryl - still playing well, one or two great saves from him.

* Sodje - immense.  Beginning to look like a completely inspired signing by Tilly.  Best player on the park; such a fabulous athlete (especially given his age), great speed, superb in the air, gives 100%.  Brilliant.

* Freddy - sharp, good movement, almost scored with a bullet shot in the second half that cannoned off the crossbar; perhaps he should have done better when through in the first half, but with a tricky angle against him...

* Benno - nutter, loads of great sliding tackles.  I do like the physical edge he gives us.

No one else worth mentioning, really... all "OK", but neither great nor awful.  Shame The Goat didn't come on sooner, but hey ho... we came away with a point, which I would have settled for before kick off.

Prenton Park - nice ground, pint in the away stand at half time.  Tranmere fans were very quiet.

Game itself - poor and dull first half, better second half... but neither side showed enough of a spark to win it; in truth, we cancelled each other out.