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Preview: Southend United (H)

19 March 2021

The Iron will play the second of four home matches in quick succession on Saturday, when Southend United visit the Sands Venue Stadium (3pm kick-off).

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20 March 2021

SCENE-SETTER...

The Iron come into the game off the back of three 1-1 draws in their last four goals after Jordan Hallam's stoppage time equaliser in midweek.

Jordan Hallam restored parity for United in the third minute of five added onto the end of the game against Oldham Athletic in a game which saw the side register 19 shots on goal.

THE OPPOSITION...

Southend United come into the game second from bottom in the division with 30 points to their name from 35 games this season.

They have picked up three points in their last five games courtesy of three goalless draws, with the Shrimpers not netting in their last five league games. 

The side have scored 21 goals and conceded 49 so far this season. Scunthorpe lost the reverse fixture 1-0 at Roots Hall in December in the only game the Iron have played in front of a crowd this season - only their second win of the season at that stage.

Shaun Hobson has played the most minutes for the Shrimpers this campaign having played 2,796 minutes, while Elvis Bwonomo has played 2,720. Tyler Cordner, who started the season on loan with the Iron from AFC Bournemouth, has played 451 minutes, starting five games and being a used substitute once. 

TEAM NEWS...

Attacker Jordan Hallam (hamstring) will miss the game and the club are waiting for a report from a specialist, though it looks like he could be out for a while.

Midfielder Jem Karacan (knee) came off against Oldham and will how he reacts after taking part in training on Friday will be assessed before a decision is made on his involvement at the weekend.

Centre-back Harrison McGahey faces around three-to-four weeks out with a thigh problem, while fellow defender George Taft continues to be out with an ankle injury, though has started running on the training pitch again and manager Neil Cox says he could return to action before the season finishes.

Emmanuel Onariase continues to miss out with a groin problem but has returned to training this week and will continue to be assessed. He may return to the matchday squad, but a late decision will be made.

Striker Aaron Jarvis (hamstring) has had a fresh setback and could miss the rest of the season, while fellow forward Olufela Olomola is back training following a knee injury sustained after coming off the bench against Bolton Wanderers in November, but Cox says he needs to practice match game time to get match fitness up first. He played 80 minutes in a behind-closed-doors game against Doncaster a fortnight back.

Midfielder George Hornshaw and goalkeeper Adam Kelsey are both expected to be out for a couple of months following ankle surgery.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS…

Scunthorpe took maximum points the last time the sides met at the Sands Venue Stadium, back in March 2019. Tom Pearce, Tony McMahon, George Thomas and James Perch all netted as the Iron came from 1-0 down to win 4-1.

Overall, the two sides have met 58 times, with the Iron winning 25 of those, whilst Southend have won 18 games.

SEASON - DATE COMPETITION RESULT IRON SCORERS

2020-21 - Sat 12 Dec

LG 2 Southend 1-0 Iron  
2018-19 - Tue 12 Mar LG 1 Iron 4-1 Southend Pearce, McMahon, Thomas, Perch
2018-19 - Tue 27 Nov LG 1 Southend 2-0 Iron  
2017-18 - Sat 27 Jan LG 1 Southend 3-2 Iron Hopper, van Veen
2017-18 - Sat 23 Dec LG 1 Iron 3-1 Southend van Veen, Townsend, Turner (og)
2016-17 - Sat 4 Feb LG 1  Southend 3-1 Iron Wallace
2016-17 - Sat 10 Sep  LG 1  Iron 4-0 Southend  Madden, van Veen, Morris, Smallwood 
2015-16 - Sat 13 Feb  LG 1  Iron 1-0 Southend  Madden 
2015-16 - Sat 7 Nov  FAC R1  Iron 2-1 Southend  Madden 2 
2015-16 - Sat 26 Sep  LG 1  Southend 2-1 Iron  McSheffrey 
2013-14 - Tue 11 Mar  LG 1  Iron 2-2 Southend  Sparrow, Winnall 
2013-14 - Fri 13 Sep  LG 1  Southend 0-1 Iron  Iwelumo 
2008-09 - Tue 24 Feb  LG 1  Southend 2-0 Iron   
2008-09 - Tue 21 Oct  LG 1  Iron 1-1 Southend  Hayes 
2005-06 - Fri 10 Mar  LG 1  Southend 3-0 Iron   
2005-06 - Fri 26 Aug  LG 1  Iron 1-0 Southend  Baraclough 
2004-05 - Fri 11 Feb  LG 2  Southend 0-0 Iron   
2004-05 - Tue 19 Oct  LG 2  Iron 3-2 Southend  Torpey, Hayes, Crosby 
2003-04 - Fri 2 Apr  DIV 3  Southend 4-2 Iron  Sparrow, Torpey 
2003-04 - Sat 27 Sep  DIV 3  Iron 1-1 Southend  MacLean 
2002-03 - Sat 25 Jan  DIV 3  Iron 4-1 Southend  Carruthers, Kilford, Calvo-Garcia, Hayes 
2002-03 - Sun 29 Dec  DIV 3  Southend 1-2 Iron  Carruthers, Torpey 
2001-02 - Sat 23 Mar  DIV 3  Southend 2-0 Iron   
2001-02 - Tue 23 Oct  DIV 3  Iron 2-0 Southend  Carruthers, Beagrie 
2000-01 - Sat 24 Feb  DIV 3  Iron 1-1 Southend  Berry 
2000-01 - Sat 23 Sep  DIV 3  Southend 1-0 Iron   
1998-99 - Mon 5 Apr  DIV 3  Southend 0-1 Iron  Sheldon 
1998-99 - Sat 10 Oct  DIV 3  Iron 1-1 Southend  Calvo-Garcia 
1989-90 - Fri 16 Feb  DIV 4  Southend 0-0 Iron   
1989-90 - Sat 2 Dec  DIV 4  Iron 1-1 Southend  Ward 
1986-87 - Sat 11 Apr  DIV 4  Iron 3-0 Southend  Broddle, Johnson 2 
1986-87 - Tue 4 Nov  DIV 4  Southend 3-1 Iron  Johnson 
1985-86 - Fri 24 Jan  DIV 4  Iron 2-0 Southend  Hill, Broddle 
1985-86 - Sat 14 Sep  DIV 4  Southend 2-1 Iron  Cammack 
1984-85 - Fri 8 Mar  DIV 4  Iron 2-1 Southend  Cammack, Graham 
1984-85 - Fri 19 Oct  DIV 4  Southend 1-1 Iron  Cowling 
1983-84 - Fri 3 Feb  DIV 3  Southend 0-0 Iron   
1983-84 - Fri 30 Sep  DIV 3  Iron 1-6 Southend  Holden 
1980-81 - Sun 22 Mar  DIV 4  Iron 2-1 Southend  Pilling, Green 
1980-81 - Fri 17 Oct  DIV 4  Southend 2-0 Iron   
1977-78 - Fri 3 Feb  DIV 4  Southend 2-0 Iron   
1977-78 - Sat 10 Sep  DIV 4  Iron 1-2 Southend  Lumby 
1976-77 - Sat 5 Mar  DIV 4  Iron 1-0 Southend  Lumby 
1976-77 - Fri 24 Sep  DIV 4  Southend 1-1 Iron  Keeley 
1972-73 - Sat 4 Nov  DIV 3  Iron 0-0 Southend   
1972-73 - Mon 25 Sep  DIV 3  Southend 1-0 Iron   
1971-72 - Tue 25 Apr  DIV 4  Iron 1-1 Southend  Kirk 
1971-72 - Mon 30 Aug  DIV 4  Southend 2-3 Iron  Davidson 2, Fletcher 
1970-71 - Fri 18 Dec  DIV 4  Southend 2-2 Iron  Davidson, Kirk 
1970-71 - Sat 22 Aug  DIV 4  Iron 3-0 Southend  Kerr, Foxton, Heath 
1969-70 - Tue 7 Oct  DIV 4  Iron 2-0 Southend  Rusling, Cassidy 
1969-70 - Fri 15 Aug  DIV 4  Southend 3-0 Iron   
1968-69 - Mon 12 May  DIV 4  Iron 4-1 Southend  Cassidy 2, Rusling 2 
1968-69 - Mon 17 Mar  DIV 4  Southend 0-3 Iron  Heath, Haydock (og), Cassidy
1965-66 - Fri 13 May  DIV 4  Southend 0-1 Iron  Sloan 
1965-66 - Sat 30 Apr  DIV 4  Iron 0-0 Southend   
1964-65 - Sat 23 Jan  DIV 4  Southend 0-1 Iron  Thomas 
1964-65 - Fri 18 Sep  DIV 4  Iron 2-1 Southend  Sloan, Lawther 

Our full record against Southend is as follows: 

  P W D L F A
Home 29  18  55  26 
Away 29  8 17  24  43 
TOTAL 58  25  15  18  79  69

ELSEWHERE IN SKY BET LEAGUE TWO...

Newport County v Leyton Orient (1pm)
Stevenage v Carlisle United (1pm) 
Barrow v Crawley Town (3pm)  
Bolton Wanderers v Walsall (3pm)
Bradford City v Oldham Athletic (3pm) 
Cambridge United v Forest Green Rovers (3pm)
Cheltenham Town v Salford City (3pm) 
Colchester United v Port Vale (3pm)
Harrogate Town v Morecambe (3pm) 
Mansfield Town v Grimsby Town (3pm)
Tranmere Rovers v Exeter City (3pm)

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Match Reports

Report: Iron 1-1 Southend United

20 March 2021

Alfie Beestin scored a late leveller to claim a 1-1 draw with ten men against Southend United on Saturday afternoon.

The Iron made one change from the team that faced Oldham Athletic in midweek, as Beestin came in for Lewis Spence.

An early right-wing corner from Alex Gilliead saw Kevin van Veen try to force an effort towards goal at the near post but it was blocked away.

Soon after, in the fifth minute, Gilliead was able to sidestep Alan McCormack and get into the box. His cross took a deflection and was sent out of the area to Jem Karacan, who saw his shot deflected, with Mark Oxley gathering.

With 10 minutes gone, McCormack attempted to stall the taking of an Iron free-kick by tying his laces in front of the dead ball. Nevertheless, the Iron played it short to van Veen, who saw a curling, looping shot go just over the bar.

Six minutes later, superb link-up play between Loft and van Veen saw the former lift over the head of John White for the latter. Van Veen then curled a 30-yard effort just over the bar.

On 17 minutes, Southend's Reeco Hackett-Fairchild controlled well on the left before cutting inside and firing a right-footed effort over the bar.

Two minutes after that, Simeon Akinola hooked the ball across goal towards Ricky Holmes but he couldn't get a clean connection on the strike as it ran through to Mark Howard.

Van Veen and Loft looked to link up again with 26 minutes played following a good pass from Beestin, but Loft couldn't quite reach the return. Gilliead strode forward and did win a corner though.

From it, van Veen's delivery was met by a far post header from Loft, with the ball going just wide of Oxley's right-hand post.

Soon after, the Iron won a free-kick 30 yards from goal after Gilliead had fed the ball into Loft, but nobody could connect with van Veen's subsequent ball into the danger area.

Akinola took down a ball over the top in the 37th minute and nudged the ball past Howard, with Clarke there to calmly control and clear.

Southend's Timothee Dieng was teed up the ball on the edge of the area in the 44th minute, but his shot bobbled across goal and wide of Howard’s left-hand post.

The final and third minute of first half stoppage time saw a chance for Southend as the ball came low into the box from the left, but the shot was fired just wide by Holmes.

Early in the second period, Beestin won a free-kick down the left channel for the Iron after being fouled by Holmes. Van Veen went short to Green, who hung in a cross, with the ball headed away.

A second cross was then put in from the left, with Jacob Bedeau ending up on the ground as the ball came towards him. A goal kick was given.

After 58 minutes, McCormack hit a half-volley towards goal from 25 yards which required Howard to palm the ball over the bar for a Southend corner.

The first Scunthorpe change was made in the 64th minute when Abo Eisa came on for Loft.

A minute later, Kyle Taylor was teed up on the edge of the area, but he lashed his 20-yard effort over the bar.

With 70 minutes played, after going down on the edge of the penalty area in need of treatment, van Veen was replaced and John McAtee came on.

Scunthorpe hit the post in the 72nd minute when Eisa opened up 25-yards from goal and had a go, with his low effort beating Oxley, but coming back into play off the upright.

Southend were handed a penalty on the 79th minute when Clarke committed a foul in the penalty area, for which he was sent off, and Ashley Nathaniel-George stepped up to score past Howard.

A double United change was made in the 88th minute as Rowe and Green were replaced by Teddy Howe and Myles Hippolyte.

Just moments later, the Iron were level as Karacan got the ball down on the edge of the area, and Beestin moved the ball onto his left foot before slotting beyond Oxley for his fourth goal of the season.

There were eight minutes of added time but no further chances as the game ended all square.

United return to action on Tuesday night when they host Bradford City at the Sands Venue Stadium (7pm kick-off).

IRON: Howard, Clarke, Bedeau, Gilliead, Loft (Eisa, 64), van Veen (McAtee, 70), Brown, Green (Hippolyte, 88), Beestin, Karacan, Rowe (Howe, 88).

IRON SUBS NOT USED: Watson, Spence, O'Malley.

SOUTHEND: Oxley, McCormack (Taylor, 61), Hobson, Dieng, Akinola (Goodship, 70), Hackett-Fairchild (Mellis, 82), Demetriou, Hart, Ferguson, White, Holmes (Nathaniel-George, 61).

SOUTHEND SUBS NOT USED: Seaden, Cordner, Acquah.

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