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Southend United vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 13th April 2019, k.o. 3pm
Referee: David Coote
On the 19th of January, Southend won 4-0 at Bradford to move 10th in the table, and a week later, Wanderers overcame Plymouth to leapfrog the Essex club, with neither side even close to contemplating what was about to unfold.
But they've both been forced to endure torrid runs of form - Southend are winless in 13, and Wanderers have racked up a dozen games without a victory. Now they meet, again one place apart in the table, but this time it's 21st vs 20th, and time is running out with just five games remaining.
United's poor record in 2019 cost manager Chris Powell his job, and new manager Kevin Bond oversaw an improvement in performance on day one, taking the lead twice at Fleetwood but being forced to settle for a draw.
Gareth Ainsworth's men have been scratching their heads at the lack of return they've witnessed from some admirable performances of late, but a victory at this stage of proceedings which provide a massive boost to put distance between themselves and the bottom four, and help exorcise some demons from that 2015 play-off final...
Tickets are now off sale, with 672 being snapped up by Chairboys fans so far.
Away supporters can pay on the day, though there is a price increase. Click here for details.
Southend are sweating on the fitness of Harry Bunn, Luke Hyam and Jason Demetriou, while Stephen McLaughlin is definitely out, but Stephen Humphrys should return in attack.
Wycombe hope to welcome back Nathan Tyson and Luke Bolton, while Matt Bloomfield could be forced to miss out after sustaining a knock last weekend.
Wanderers will be in their orange change strip.
Man in the middle
David Coote has officiated primarily in the top two tiers this season, showing 100 yellow and six red cards in 27 matches.
His last game involving the Blues was the 3-2 win at Luton in March 2015.
By Adrian Wood
POST CODE: SS2 6NQ
Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Take the M40 towards London and at Junction 1A take the M25 North (signed Watford). From M25 take Junction 29 and follow the A127 to Southend. Continue towards the town centre, through the lights near to the Bell Pub. At the next roundabout turn right (3rd turning), continuing on the A127. The ground is on the right just past the next traffic lights.
Mileage from High Wycombe = 81 (approx. journey time 1 hour 30 minutes)
Recommended area for car parking
I’ve read that if you turn right as you reach the ground, this will put you behind the away end where there is plenty of street parking to be found. Another option is to use the Southend High School for Boys which offers parking for £5 per car. The school entrance is on Prittlewell Road and is just 5-minutes’ walk from the ground.
Using the train?
From London Liverpool Street there is a regular c2c service to Southend Central with journey time around one hour. The station is about a 25-minute walk from the ground. The main bus station though is close to the station and buses do run to the ground.
Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 12,392 (All seated). Away fans are normally housed on one side of the North Stand (on the Main Stand side of the ground) where up to 1,200 away supporters can be accommodated. The stand is covered, but there are a number of supporting pillars running across the front of the stand that could impede your view. The ground has modern electronic turnstiles. Each match ticket has a bar code printed onto it and you insert the ticket into a bar code reader at the turnstile to gain admittance. The SUFC telephone number is 01702 304050.
Spare time on your hands?
Note that the “Spread Eagle” near to the ground is for home fans only. At the ground is the Shrimpers Bar that usually admits away supporters. Another option is the “Blue Boar” PH which is located on the main Victoria Road, just up from the ground (going towards Southend town centre) on one corner of the crossroads. There is also a good fish and chip shop located across the road from the Blue Boar by the traffic lights, called the 'Fish House'. The town centre is around a 20-minute walk away, where there are plenty of pubs including a Wetherspoons outlet (the “Last Post” on Weston Road). There are a number of bars along the seafront. Another option is “The Bell” a large Toby Carvery, which you pass on your way into Southend on the A127.
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