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PREVIEW | Southend United vs Wrexham

Another journey south to face the newly-relegated Shrimpers

2 September 2021

After an adrenaline-filled return to The Racecourse, it's back on the road for Phil Parkinson's Red Dragons as we face The Shrimpers once again.

Our exciting start to the season hasn't been rewarded by the points tally we deserve, so we travel south hoping to add to the three points we picked up last Saturday at Easteligh.

With Paul Mullin and Jake Hyde already sharing 4 goals and 2 assists between them, Wrexham are certainly looking threatening up front, and transfer deadline day signing Bryce Hosanah will be available to add to Phil Parkinson's defensive options.

The Opposition 

After a disastrous 2020-21 season, The Shrimpers find themselves in non-league football after 101 years in the Football League. An urgent priority will be to improve their home form: since beating Barrow on 9th January, they've won just 1 of 13 games at Roots Hall, including a 1-0 defeat to Stockport last Saturday.

On Monday they drew 0-0 at Wealdstone, a result which drew an angry response from some fans, although United did hit the bar twice. It was their second clean sheet in 3 games this season, but things are less promising at the other end, as Sam Dalby's winner at Kings Lynn on the opening day of the campaign remains the only goal they've scored this season.

United rotated their side to cope with the demands of 2 games in 3 days, with Josh Coulson and Jason Demetriou rested in readiness for Saturday's match. Matthew Dennis, a powerful midfielder on loan from Norwich City, made his first start of the season and impressed with his direct play and energy.

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Wrexham will have to be aware of the threat of Rhys Murphy up front. An experienced striker who leads the line powerfully and has an eye for a goal, he struck a fine hat trick at The Racecourse for Yeovil Town two seasons ago.

Head to Head

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Our most recent match against Southend was also the greatest, at least from Wrexham’s perspective!

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The 2005 LDV Vans Trophy win at the Millennium Stadium in 2005 was the first time we’d won a cup administered by the FA rather than the FAW, with Juan Ugarte and Darren Ferguson scoring the goals in extra time after the 90 minutes ended goalless.

That wasn’t the only notable win we enjoyed over The Shrimpers in our recent meetings though. We won 1-0 at Roots Hall in November 2002 thanks to a goal by Steve Thomas (below) and a brilliant display in goal by Paul Whitfield, and would go on to enjoy promotion at the end of the season.

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We were also victorious in our previous game there, but on that occasion a fine performance didn’t lead to promotion. We travelled south on the last game of the 1997-8 season knowing that if we could win and other results didn’t go against us, we would be playing for a place in The Championship in the play-offs.

We went behind early on, but from that point more than did our part. Peter Ward (below) scored two and Karl Connolly also hit the net as we won 3-1. With the final whistle approaching, we were sitting pretty in the play-off spots, but a late goal at Bristol Rovers meant we narrowly missed out.

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Our recent form against Southend is excellent: we’ve won our last 5 encounters with them, our best run of victories over The Shrimpers, and those back-to-back away wins mean we’re also on our best runs of wins at Roots Hall. We’ve scored in our last 9 games against them too, going back to a goalless home draw in April 1986, and kept a clean sheet in 7 of our last 12 clashes.

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Our biggest win at Southend was a bookie’s nightmare!

Neil Salathiel (below) was a great servant of Wrexham, making 316 appearances over two spells at the club. However, he would be the first to admit that he wasn’t one of life’s goalscorers and as he travelled to Essex in March 1987 he had just one goal to his name despite having made his debut for us in 1983.

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Nothing seemed out of the ordinary in the first half, but Salathiel opened the scoring in the 64th minute with an absolute screamer. It was the sort of strike you’d expect to be a once in a lifetime strike, except 20 minutes later he did it again!

Salathiel would never score again for us, and just to cap an unlikely night, Mike Williams, who’d also only struck once for us beforehand, also scored to complete a 3-0 win. He’d end up with a Wrexham record of 5 goals in 226 appearances!

We’ve won at Roots Hall on two other occasions, both 1-0 victories achieved through early goals, by Mel Sutton in August 1972 and David Gregory in April 1985. 

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Last Match: 10/04/2005 Wrexham 2 (Ugarte 99, Ferguson 118) Southend United 0
SOUTHEND UNITED
D Flahavan, D Jupp, S Prior, A Barrett, C Wilson, C Pettefer (L Guttridge, 109), K Maher, M Bentley, M Gower (A McCormack, 81), F Eastwood (L Dudfield, 103), W Gray  Subs not used: C Holloway, A Edwards   

WREXHAM B Foster, S Roberts (S Pejic, 14), D Lawrence, C Morgan, C Edwards, D Ferguson, M Crowell (D Bennett, 105), M Jones (D Williams, 100), A Holt, C Llewellyn, J Ugarte Subs not used: H Sam, R Harrison

Referee: B Curson

BOOKINGS
Wrexham – Morgan, Edwards, Ferguson,
Southend – Jupp, Maher, Bentley

RED CARDS
None

Attendance: 36,216

Potential Milestones

Bryce Hosanah's Wrexham debut.

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Match Reports

REPORT | Southend United 2-2 Wrexham

Reckord and Angus hit back for a point in Essex.

4 September 2021

Jamie Reckord and Dior Angus hit back as Phil Parkinson's Wrexham came from 2-0 down to snatch a point at Roots Hall.

Sam Dalby headed the Shrimpers ahead before a second half Rhys Murphy finish made it look as if the home side would romp home comfortably.

However, Tyler French provided assists for Reckord and Angus who both calmly finished from close range to snatch the points.

Parkinson made two changes to the starting XI as Harry Lennon returned - and in turn faced his former club - whilst Paul Mullin missed out with a slight knee injury, and Angus took his place. 

The game began with both sides bright but Southend took real control of the first half as it went on. It didn't mean however that Wrexham didn't have chances in the opening 45, Ben Tozer had a shot deflected following a corner on eight minutes, before James Jones was involved in some nice build-up before testing the goalkeeper from the edge of the box.

Southend were really on top from the 15th minute, forcing Wrexham into errors and dictating the flow of the game. On 26 minutes they made the pressure count as Sam Dalby headed home a cross from the left underneath Rob Lainton.

Jordan Davies looked to reply with a shot that deflected agonisingly over the bar, before Murphy had a volley of his own fizz wide.

Half-Time: Southend United 1-0 Wrexham

The second half began as the first ended, with a chance for Southend to double the lead. Jack Bridge made a superb run down the left before drilling the ball across the face of goal, but no blue shirt could poke the ball home and Wrexham scrambled clear.

The Shrimpers wouldn't be ruining their next chance though, James Dunne lofted a ball over the top for Murphy who dispatched past Lainton to double the lead. It came just moments after Jake Hyde was denied by Steve Arnold from all of five yards out.

Wrexham needed to respond, and that they did. A superb move saw French unleashed down the right who's low cross for Reckord was met by the wing-back and finished neatly to halve the defecit.

On 66 minutes, Wrexham were level. French again with a brillant run after a sumptuous pass from Davies, laid it to Angus who finished from close range and sent 581 travelling Wrexham fans roaring.

In the final 25 chances were limited to set-pieces, but in truth neither side tested the opposition goalkeeper. Substitute Liam McAlinden volleyed over the bar in the latter stages whilst Murphy couldn't keep his free-kick down, and the game would end all square.

Wrexham Line-Up: Lainton, French, Hayden, Tozer, Lennon (Cleworth 71), Reckord, Young (c), J.Jones, Davies, Hyde (McAlinden 88), Angus (Ponticelli 72)

Unused: Dibble, D.Jones

Southend United Line-Up: Arnold, White, Coulson, Ralph (Hobson 56), Demetriou, Bridge, Ferguson (Egbri 80), Phillips, Dunne, Murphy, Dalby

Unused: Seaden, Atkinson, Dennis

Referee: Alan Dale

Man of the Match: Tyler French

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Ticket News

TICKET UPDATE | Southend United (Away)

An update on this weekend's game.

2 September 2021

Wrexham AFC can provide the following ticketing update for our National League game at Southend on Saturday - September 4th.

Tickets for this weekend’s away fixture at Southend United are now only available for collection with the cut-off for postal orders now having passed. Tickets can be collected from either the club store at the Racecourse Ground - or collected on the day from Roots Hall.

The club store is open from 9am until 5pm today and Friday whilst supporters can pick up tickets on the day from the north-east corner of the stadium where a Collection Point Ticket Office is situated at Roots Hall.

Match tickets are available on the club ticketing website whilst travel can also still be purchased by clicking here or by visiting us at the Racecourse Ground. Ticket and travel sales in-store will end at 5pm on Friday, but match tickets will be available on the day at Roots Hall.

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