Direct approach is key to Blues victory

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SKY Sports pundit Peter Beagrie feels Southend United must play more direct football if they are to triumph against Crewe Alexandra on Wednesday.

The former Everton and Bradford City winger was part of the television channel’s live coverage of the game at Gresty Road.

And he feels Blues can overturn the 1-0 deficit if they put more long balls into the box.

“The majority of Southend’s chances in the first leg came from getting balls into the penalty area and that’s what they will need to do more of on Wednesday,” said Beagrie.

“Their players are more physical and Crewe’s are quite small, so I think that’s the best way for them to go.

“But it’s tricky because they have to come out and attack and that may well help Crewe because of the way they play.”

The Railwaymen head to Roots Hall with a 1-0 lead after Adam Dugdale headed home Ashley Westwood’s free-kick at the start of the second half.

And Beagrie felt Blues boss Paul Sturrock would have been furious by the manner of the goal.

“It was very poor from a defensive point of view,” said Beagrie.

“Sean Clohessy is in there not marking anybody, Bilel Mohsni reacts too late to Dugdale and I think the keeper could have done better too.

“It wasn’t good at all from Southend and Paul Sturrock can’t be pleased.”

Northampton Town manager Aidy Boothroyd also watched the game as part of Sky’s punditry team and he felt Blues’ most influential players were not at their best.

“Southend would have wanted more from Bilel Mohsni, who I felt had their best chance, and Kane Ferdinand was quiet too,” said Boothroyd.

“They didn’t see enough from Ryan Hall either and I’m sure Michael Timlin will be disappointed with the chances he missed because he’s normally very good technically.

“But it’s still only 1-0 so Southend have a chance to get through and it could have been a tie-saving tackle from Luke Prosser right at the end.”

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9:04am Tue 15 May 12

Techy - SOL says...

Sod the longball! we are useless at it! The "head-tennis" on Saturday was ridiculous and doesn't make good viewing... and our passing suffers as a consequence!

We are a highly technical side when we want to be, but it just seems that the tactical element (Sturrock) of Southend United's play suppresses the talent of our squad. Let's get the ball down and play for christ's sake!

Why do we have to be a direct side? None of the other sides in the top 7 play that way consistently! They mix it up a bit & that's why we repeatedly fail against the top sides... we (Sturrock) are too predictable.

If we play direct football on Wednesday, we will lose... but if we get the ball down and play... like we (Sturrock) know we can, then we can win the second leg easily.

We keep hearing the players say they are confident of getting to Wembley... well, it's time to stop talking the talk and it's time to start walking the walk... these words, should be ringing in the ears of each and every player on Wednesday night, as this is our cup final!!!

Steps off soap-box!
Sod the longball! we are useless at it! The "head-tennis" on Saturday was ridiculous and doesn't make good viewing... and our passing suffers as a consequence! We are a highly technical side when we want to be, but it just seems that the tactical element (Sturrock) of Southend United's play suppresses the talent of our squad. Let's get the ball down and play for christ's sake! Why do we have to be a direct side? None of the other sides in the top 7 play that way consistently! They mix it up a bit & that's why we repeatedly fail against the top sides... we (Sturrock) are too predictable. If we play direct football on Wednesday, we will lose... but if we get the ball down and play... like we (Sturrock) know we can, then we can win the second leg easily. We keep hearing the players say they are confident of getting to Wembley... well, it's time to stop talking the talk and it's time to start walking the walk... these words, should be ringing in the ears of each and every player on Wednesday night, as this is our cup final!!! Steps off soap-box! Techy - SOL
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