On a day in which relegation to the National League could be confirmed for the first time in the club’s history, manager Phil Brown made four changes to the side that tasted defeat on Tuesday night in the Essex derby.
Tyler Corder, Timothee Dieng, Terrell Egbri, Kyle Taylor all come back into the squad for this fixture with Leyton Orient.
Away from the game, a sizeable protest was taking place outside the ground in protest of the running of the club by Southend United chairman Ron Martin.
If today is to be the day relegation is confirmed all I ask is that the players give it everything they have!
In the opening 11 minutes, the Shrimpers and O’s both played what can only be described as hoof ball at every available opportunity with the ball spending more time in the air than on the ground.
20 minutes in and Orient started to put the pressure on the Shrimpers but were still finding themselves having limited efforts on Mark Oxley’s goal due to a highly situated Southend defence pinning the O’s back.
Timothee Dieng left the field of play after 25 minutes with a reoccurrence of the hamstring injury that has kept him out for the past few weeks. Greg Halford the replacement.
Orient went close just after the half-hour mark but Johnson fired over the bar of Oxleys goal.
Sam Ling hit the woodwork from just 3 yards out as little more than 5 minutes of the first half remained on the clock.
It was Southend that broke the deadlock via a Tyler Cordner goal on the 42nd minute.
Moments before the break Leyton Orient drew level via Louis Dennis
Half-time: Southend United – 1 Leyton Orient – 0
Leyton Orient introduced Craig Clay for Nick Freeman at the break and the Shrimpers made no changes.
Nathan Ferguson saw his effort sail just wide of the right-hand post via a free-kick with just 3 minutes of the second half gone.
51 minutes on the clock and Phil Brown introduced Matt Rush into the action for Ricky Holmes.
Wilkinson went close for the visitors just after the hour but Mark Oxley somehow managed to keep the ball out of the net via a foot.
Louis Walsh made his way into the game in a replacement for Hackett-Fairchild and Shaun Hobson replaced Nathan Ferguson with 20 minutes of the game remaining.
Southend saw a goal cleared off the line via Cissee when Louis Walsh did well to make his way into the area and saw his effort take a deflection allowing the Orient player to clear.
Southend took an unlikely lead on the 75th minute via youngster Matt Rush making it 2-1 to the Shrimpers but it still looks very unlikely that the Shrimpers will be able to salvage themselves from falling into the National League.
With Barrow losing to Tranmere with 10 minutes to go. Barrow still have a game in hand over the Shrimpers which will take place midweek before the two sides meet next Weekend as the Essex-based side makes the long trip to Barrow next Saturday.
Mark Oxley denied Wilkinson with 2 minutes left of normal time with the home side still leading by 2 goals to 1.
7 yes SEVEN minutes were added on at the end of the game due to the number of knocks picked up by players throughout the match.
Full-time: Southend United – 2 Leyton Orient – 1
It finishes 2-1 to Southend which you have to feel is just a stay of execution what with Barrow losing and having a game in hand.
Surely the impossible can’t happen!? Can it!?
Blues XI: Oxley, Bwomono, Cordner, Dieng (Halford 26’), Egbri, Hackett-Fairchild (Walsh 70’), K Taylor, Holmes (Rush 54’), Hart, Ferguson (Hobson 70’), White (C). Subs Not Used: Seaden, Olayinka, Kyprianou
Leyton Orient XI: Vigouroux, Ling, Happe, Wilkinson, Kemp, Brophy, Dennis (McAnuff 68’), Akinola (Abrahams 85’), Kyprianou (Cisse 44’), Freeman (Clay 46’), Johnson (Sotiriou 69’). Subs Not Used: Sargeant, Turley
Referee: Trevor Kettle
Assistants: Justin Amey & Robert Dabbs
Fourth Official: Leigh Crowhurst
Southend United: Tyler Cordner 42’, Matt Rush 76’
Leyton Orient: Louis Dennis 45+3’
Southend United: Sam Hart 80’, Louis Walsh 82’, Tyler Cordner 83’
Leyton Orient: None
Stats Source: SouthendUnited.co.uk
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