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Preview: Southend United

All you need to know ahead of today’s clash at Roots Hall…

20 April 2018

MK Dons will be looking to pick up an invaluable three points this afternoon as they travel to Essex to face Chris Powell’s Southend United.

The Dons fell to their third defeat in as many games last time out as a strong second half showing from Doncaster Rovers gave the Yorkshireman all three points.

With the 2017/18 campaign drawing to a close, three points are of paramount importance this afternoon as they look to close the gap on 20th place.

Kick-off is at 3pm.

Southend United finished the 2016/17 season in seventh place – just one point off a play-off position. Four defeats in their final six games resulted in the Shrimpers having to settle for another season in the third tier of English football as they looked to go one better under the experienced Phil Brown this year.

Over the summer, Brown recruited Josh Wright from Gillingham, Michael Turner from Burnley and Stpehen Hendrie from West Ham amongst others on permanent deals. The fresh faces joined an already familiar side with the likes of Ben Coker, Michael Timlin, Simon Cox and Jason Demetriou choosing to stay at Roots Hall.

Phil Brown's stay with the Club came to an end in January after a run of seven defeats in eight games. Brown was replaced by former Charlton Athletic manager Chris Powell who went on to win four of his opening five games in charge of the Essex-based side.

Doncaster Rovers scored twice in the second half to come from behind and beat MK Dons at Stadium MK last weekend.

Just like they did in the reverse fixture, Donny overturned a one-goal deficit which came courtesy of Ike Ugbo's 19th-minute.

John Marquis scored both the goals for the visitors, who condemned the Dons to a third-straight defeat and one which leaves them four points adrift of safety in Sky Bet League One.

Southend fell to a 2-0 defeat against Oxford last weekend as first-half goals from James Henry and Ricardinho gave Karl Robinson's side all three points. 

Henry fired Oxford in front in the sixth minute with his ninth goal of the season, dribbling past two defenders and shooting low into the far corner from 16 yards with keeper Mark Oxley rooted to the spot.

Ricardinho doubled the lead in first-half stoppage time when, after an 80-yard run, the Brazilian took a return pass from Jon Obika and saw his low shot deflect under the keeper and in.

Oxford appealed that Ryan Ledson's header had crossed the line when it was pawed out by Oxley. Dru Yearwood shot just wide from the edge of the box for Southend and only a one-handed save by Simon Eastwood denied Anthony Wordsworth.

The Shrimpers nearly pulled one back when Yearwood's fierce drive struck a post before Eastwood saved Simon Cox's shot on the turn.

Dan Micciche confirmed in his pre-match press conference that Osman Sow was back in training, however, the clash with Southend may be too early for the striker. Micciche also stated that Lee Nicholls may be available to face Powell's side while Josh Tymon is also ready for a start.

Southend have suffered a double defensive injury blow which means Ben Coker and Michael Turner will almost certainly miss the rest of the season.

Coker and Turner picked up hamstring and thigh injuries, respectively, in the first half of last weekend's 2-0 loss at Oxford. Goalkeeper Ted Smith (shoulder) and defender Rob Kiernan (knee) are still out.

Gavin Ward will oversee today's clash with Southend. It'll be the fourth time the Surrey official has officiated the Dons this season – he last took charge of the Dons during 2-1 win over Bury last month.

Mr Ward has overseen 41 games this season issuing 115 yellow cards and four reds.

His assistant referees are George Warren and Leigh Crowhurst while the fourth official is Daniel Cook.

Dons wins: 7
Dons wins at Roots Hall: 4
Last Dons win: 2-1, 17 Apr 2017 (Roots Hall)
Biggest Dons win: 3-1, 20 Feb 2010 (Stadium MK)

Draws: 2
Draws at Roots Hall: 1
Last draw: 1-1, 21 Nov 2017 (Stadium MK)

Southend wins: 2
Southend wins at Roots Hall: 1
Last Southend win: 3-0, 22 Oct 2016 (Stadium MK)
Biggest Southend win: 3-0, 22 Oct 2016 (Stadium MK)

Result
Dons win: 12/5
Draw: 12/5
Southend win: 11/10

First goalscorer
Chuks Aneke: 5/1
Kieran Agard: 11/2
Osman Sow: 6/1
Ike Ugbo: 7/1

Scorecast
Chuks Aneke to score first and MK Dons to win 2-1: 40/1

Tip
Draw at Half-Time and MK Dons to win at Full-Time: 7/1

*All odds correct at the time of writing

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Tickets are priced at £25 adults, £18 seniors, £17 students/young persons, £12 juniors and £5 under-9s.

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Report: Southend United 4-0 MK Dons

Disappointing day for the Dons at Roots Hall...

21 April 2018

MK Dons were dealt a huge blow in their bid for Sky Bet League One survival as they were beaten 4-0 by Southend United at Roots Hall.

Theo Robinson scored a hat-trick for the Shrimpers, who also had Stephen McLaughlin get on the scoresheet.

The defeat means the Dons are now six points adrift of safety with three games left to play in the 2017/18 season. They travel to Bradford City on Tuesday night where nothing less than a win will suffice while they will also need other results to go their way to avoid their fate being sealed.

Dean Lewington made his 700th career appearance while Dan Micciche made two changes to his starting XI. Peter Pawlett missed out after picking up a knock in the week and he was replaced by Marcus Tavernier. The other change saw Ousseynou Cisse come in for Scott Golbourne, as the Dons switched to a back four.

Chuks Aneke had the first attempt on goal five minutes in but his right-footed effort from the edge of the area was blocked and then cleared away by a Southend defender.

The Shrimpers then threatened via a cross from Stephen McLaughlin, which Ed Upson turned over the crossbar. The Dons were able to deal with the resulting set piece.

Upson stood over a free-kick on the quarter-hour mark and picked out Aneke with his ball into the area. Aneke teed up Elliott Ward for a shot but referee Gavin Ward stopped play for a foul by the Dons’ number 10.

Soon after, Michael Kightly sent an effort over the crossbar from Jason Demetriou’s cross before Upson and Aneke linked up again from a free-kick - the latter met the ball in but headed over the bar.

There was very little in the way of clear-cut chances until the 23rd minute when Dru Yearwood forced Wieger Sietsma into a diving save. The Dutchman kept the effort out but the loose ball fell to Robinson, who had the simplest of finishes to make it 1-0, despite appeals for offside from the Dons players.

Aneke went close to an instant response with a fierce right-footed effort which was deflected behind by a sliding John White. Sietsma then got down well to keep Stephen McLaughlin’s fizzing drive from finding the bottom right corner of the net.

Southend doubled their lead in the 32nd minute through Robinson, who played a one-two with Michael Timlin on the edge of the box before curling a sublime shot past Sietsma. 2-0.

Looking to get his side back into the game before half time, Aneke raced onto a through ball but, under pressure from White, fired wide. Tavernier also missed the target with an attempt on goal - a left-footed strike following some good play by Cisse.

Tavernier went closer to finding the net on 42 minutes but sent his effort just wide of the left upright.

Sietsma then kept the Dons in it with two strong saves - the first one denied Marc-Antoine Fortune, who was through one-on-one, and the second one saw him tip a long-range shot from McLaughlin over his bar.

Micciche made the first of his three substitutions at the break, replacing Tavernier with Robbie Muirhead.

On 56 minutes, his side almost created an opportunity for Ike Ugbo to reduced the deficit but, after being found by Aneke, Brittain’s low cross towards the Chelsea loanee was intercepted by Anton Ferdinand.

Muirhead also saw a delivery for Ugbo cut out by Ferdinand before the hosts extended their lead further through McLaughlin, who glanced a header into the far corner from Kightly’s free-kick. 3-0.

Southend’s third goal prompted the introduction of Kieran Agard. He was on the pitch for no more than 30 seconds when the hosts went close to scoring a fourth - Kightly’s attempt bending around the far post.

Both Muirhead and Ugbo had shots blocked in quick succession before Ugbo made way for Brandon Thomas-Asante.

With a quarter of an hour left to play, Southend added to their advantage with Robinson completing his hat-trick after the Dons failed to deal with a corner in from the left. 0-4.

Mark Oxley produced a double save in stoppage time to prevent the Dons restoring some pride.

In the end it finished 4-0 - a disappointing day for the Dons who will have to pick themselves up quickly ahead of Tuesday’s must-win match at Bradford City.

Starting XI: Sietsma; Williams, Wootton, Ward, Lewington (c); Upson (Agard 65), Cisse; Brittain, Aneke, Tavernier (Muirhead 46); Ugbo (Thomas-Asante 75).

Unused subs: Jones (GK), Golbourne, Ebanks-Landell, Reo-Coker.

Booked: Tavernier, Aneke, Ward

Referee: G Ward

Attendance: 7,546 (390 away)

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