Southend United's fans keep the faith after narrow defeat to Burton Albion

Blues fans were at Burton in big numbers on Sunday

Blues fans were at Burton in big numbers on Sunday

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SOUTHEND United fans remained in a buoyant mood despite losing at Burton and are confident they will be walking down Wembley Way later this month.

The supporters sang themselves hoarse for 90 minutes at the Pirelli Stadium, with more than a thousand making the 320-mile round trip from the south Essex coast yesterday.

Hordes of away fans stood behind the goal Blues were attacking in the second half but, despite a late onslaught on the Burton goal, they were not able to cheer an away goal.

Peter Jennings, 54, above inset, from Leigh, says he is confident Southend will be more attacking in the second leg but fears Burton may “park the bus”.

“That is the only problem when you lose the first leg as the return leg is all about breaking down what will be a very stubborn defence. They will come down to us and defend, defend, defend.”

The loudest shouts from the away end came when Burton centre-back Ian Sharps was sent off with 30 minutes remaining and when John Egan tumbled in the box in the dying seconds.

Mr Jennings says he felt sure it was a penalty.

“In the first half we played OK but we were playing the ball in the air and it was too easy for their defence. I can’t believe we weren’t given a penalty at the end. It looked a stonewall foul from where I was sitting.

“I predict a 2-0 win for Blues next Saturday.”

Dave Longbottom, 53, left, from Southend, said he would make changes to the formation for the return game.

“We need to go more attacking from the start as they will set up defensively. I would start with two up front and maybe give Straker a start ahead of Murphy. Maybe even Gomis as he would offer something a bit different and has that spark.

“We have to start 4-4-2 though. If we do that I am confident of a 2-0 win.”

More than 9,000 Blues supporters are expected to pack out Roots Hall next Saturday but Southend’s tendency to play “pretty football” could cost them, said travelling fan Ian Oakley.

Mr Oakley, 54, from Rayleigh, said: “From time to time it wouldn’t hurt to just go route one. We have the height up front with Corr and players can feed off him. We waste too much time in possession doing very little with the ball.

“I expected more from Southend today and I don’t think any fan would say we played well.

“We need to improve and I would predict us scraping through on penalties.”

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5:33pm Mon 12 May 14

Barnet Shrimper says...

A most fair and knowledgeable comment by supporter Oakley. On the positive side, yes, not the best performance at Burton but Burton are a usefull side and it will take something extra to put it over on them at Roots Hall, quite what this CAN be with this seasons home record and the lack of "firepower" up front is a bit difficult to see, maybe attack, attack attack is the best hope. No way are they likely to "sit back " too deep as often recently, and even in saturday's second half !
All in all, with some decent loanees, and some not so decent ( all of who will be leaving), there has been hope at times this season, so hopefully full voices will be heard on saturday, but to be realistic whatever the result, about half the squad should no longer be required next season, but how many of those required to stay will stay has yet to be seen.
Enjoy, enjoy, but don't count miracles, just hope THEY attack , attack attack, and each run themselves into the ground.
UP the Blues.
A most fair and knowledgeable comment by supporter Oakley. On the positive side, yes, not the best performance at Burton but Burton are a usefull side and it will take something extra to put it over on them at Roots Hall, quite what this CAN be with this seasons home record and the lack of "firepower" up front is a bit difficult to see, maybe attack, attack attack is the best hope. No way are they likely to "sit back " too deep as often recently, and even in saturday's second half ! All in all, with some decent loanees, and some not so decent ( all of who will be leaving), there has been hope at times this season, so hopefully full voices will be heard on saturday, but to be realistic whatever the result, about half the squad should no longer be required next season, but how many of those required to stay will stay has yet to be seen. Enjoy, enjoy, but don't count miracles, just hope THEY attack , attack attack, and each run themselves into the ground. UP the Blues. Barnet Shrimper
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6:19pm Mon 12 May 14

southend_Dave says...

Just saying "attack attack attack" doesnt mean you suddenly are able to attack easily.

They are a very good defensive side and the way they closed us down and defended had some say in whether we "attack attack attacked".
They will be more defensive minded at Roots Hall and just hoofing the ball forward isnt going to help alot.
Just saying "attack attack attack" doesnt mean you suddenly are able to attack easily. They are a very good defensive side and the way they closed us down and defended had some say in whether we "attack attack attacked". They will be more defensive minded at Roots Hall and just hoofing the ball forward isnt going to help alot. southend_Dave
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8:23pm Mon 12 May 14

beaulocks says...

Barnet Shrimper wrote:
A most fair and knowledgeable comment by supporter Oakley. On the positive side, yes, not the best performance at Burton but Burton are a usefull side and it will take something extra to put it over on them at Roots Hall, quite what this CAN be with this seasons home record and the lack of "firepower" up front is a bit difficult to see, maybe attack, attack attack is the best hope. No way are they likely to "sit back " too deep as often recently, and even in saturday's second half !
All in all, with some decent loanees, and some not so decent ( all of who will be leaving), there has been hope at times this season, so hopefully full voices will be heard on saturday, but to be realistic whatever the result, about half the squad should no longer be required next season, but how many of those required to stay will stay has yet to be seen.
Enjoy, enjoy, but don't count miracles, just hope THEY attack , attack attack, and each run themselves into the ground.
UP the Blues.
U pessimist, were as good as up. 2-0 roots hall guaranteed.

Well done Phil. The really special one xxx
[quote][p][bold]Barnet Shrimper[/bold] wrote: A most fair and knowledgeable comment by supporter Oakley. On the positive side, yes, not the best performance at Burton but Burton are a usefull side and it will take something extra to put it over on them at Roots Hall, quite what this CAN be with this seasons home record and the lack of "firepower" up front is a bit difficult to see, maybe attack, attack attack is the best hope. No way are they likely to "sit back " too deep as often recently, and even in saturday's second half ! All in all, with some decent loanees, and some not so decent ( all of who will be leaving), there has been hope at times this season, so hopefully full voices will be heard on saturday, but to be realistic whatever the result, about half the squad should no longer be required next season, but how many of those required to stay will stay has yet to be seen. Enjoy, enjoy, but don't count miracles, just hope THEY attack , attack attack, and each run themselves into the ground. UP the Blues.[/p][/quote]U pessimist, were as good as up. 2-0 roots hall guaranteed. Well done Phil. The really special one xxx beaulocks
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