Southend 0 – 1 Albion

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Fun in the sun at Roots Hall

We’re not mathematically safe yet, but it  will take a monumental fall from grace to see us relegated come May. Southend was bathed in glorious sunshine on Saturday, it felt like an end of season jolly, which was exactly what it was. 

We went for a bevvy in the Slug & Lettuce before the match, which meant we missed this carry on downtown, very naughty. I thought the away end was party central, marvellous scenes, the inflatable toy brigade are becoming a regular fixture at all our games, much to the bemusement of assorted home fans around the league. 

 

The match itself wasn’t a classic, both teams struggled to put a foot on the ball and there were mistakes galore. Glenn Murray is still out of sorts, and I think he is in serious danger of being shipped out in the 

"Don't pray for me Tommy Elphick..."

much awaited summer clearout by Gus Poyet. Ash Barnes outshone him in every way, and was nearly my man of the match, his goal looked a bit jammy from all the way back in our position behind the goal, but he’s got a nice touch and tries hard, definitely he should be considered in Poyet’s future plans. 

In midfield Crofts bossed the centre of the park, Arismendi played a bit better than Tuesday night, but he was subbed at half-time for Alan Navarro, who’s a better player, full stop. Elliott Bennet was our most industrious player and wins my man of the match again. 

The back four were solid enough, and it was great to see Marcos Painter back and playing nice  football again. But as I said, this was a pretty forgettable game, with one away game of the season left and safety almost guaranteed, the team looked tired and sluggish. But full marks to the travelling support once again, 1333 made the trip to sunny Essex, and all enjoyed ribbing the Saafend supporters, whose team look a lost cause for this season. 

So, we have three games left before the summer and the World Cup, I fully expect a lot of new faces in August and who knows, we could be pushing for promotion next year? Anything is possible with Poyet in charge, but I don’t think an away visit to Roots Hall will be in the fixture list, cheerio Shrimpers. 

The Hovian’s Albion Team Performance : 7 out of 10 

The Hovian’s Albion Man of the Match : Elliott Bennett 

Albion Team (goalscorers in bold) 

 (4-4-2) Brezovan; Calderon (Hoyte 77), El-Abd, Elphick, Painter; Bennett, Crofts, Arismendi (Navarro 46), Hendrie (Dicker 65); Murray, Barnes 

Subs: Walker (GK), Holroyd, Navarro, Dicker, Virgo, Carole, Hoyte 

Attendance: 8503 (1333 Albion)

League One table

Monday, 19 April 2010 00:00 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
Full League One table
1 Norwich 43 39 89
2 Leeds United 43 30 80
3 Millwall 43 32 79
4 Swindon 43 16 78
5 Charlton 43 20 77
6 Huddersfield 43 20 74
7 Colchester 43 12 68
8 Southampton 42 36 66
9 Bristol Rovers 43 -6 62
10 MK Dons 43 -4 59
11 Brentford 42 3 57
12 Walsall 43 -6 55
13 Carlisle 43 -4 54
14 Brighton 43 -6 52
15 Hartlepool 43 -6 51
16 Oldham 42 -13 50
17 Yeovil 43 -6 49
18 Leyton Orient 43 -10 48
19 Gillingham 43 -12 47
20 Exeter 43 -13 46
21 Tranmere 42 -31 44
22 Wycombe 43 -21 41
23 Southend 43 -20 39
24 Stockport 43 -50 25

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3 Responses to “Southend 0 – 1 Albion”

  1. glasfryn Says:

    somehow think Gus will be making Barnes an offer to stay by all accounts he looks pretty useless but he scores goals.
    think we are pretty safe now few more points will do it.
    I am getting quite excited,I don’t like decorating at all but now have an incentive,decorate,sell house,move back to the Brighton area,we are looking at steyning, Polegate and the like.
    not much to spend but plenty of static park homes and if that means I can see the Albion “live” then so be it + my daughter has been very ill( she had a stroke) and I would like to be in the area to be a bit closer to her.
    so the upshot is we might be back for the opening of Falmer.
    yipee…eeeeeeeeee

    G

  2. The Hovian Says:

    Sorry to hear about your daughter mate, I hope she gets well soon. If/when you do move down let me know and we’ll have a regular beer at the match

    Best,
    S

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