"A Point Was Not Enough..." - TBV Bulletin 05

posted 11 Apr 2019, 05:55 by Dan McEvoy   [ updated 12 Apr 2019, 07:38 ]

From now until the end of the season, each Thursday a member of TBV will be posting their thoughts and comments from the games in the previous weeks, and previewing the week's games ahead for our team. This week, TBV regulars Dan and Brad talk about the game at Fleetwood, and preview the game weeks ahead of us. Please remember that all of the views and opinions included in this bulletin are the opinions of individuals involved with TBV, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the club.

Last weekend saw myself, and just over 200 Shrimpers make the long trip to a very sunny Fleetwood to watch Kevin Bond's first game in charge of the team. It only took 30 minutes for Southend to make the SkyFall on Fleetwood, as Cox picked up a loose header, playing it to Kightly, who's cross was poked home by Harry Bunn, giving the Shrimpers a deserved 1-0 lead heading into half time. The team were showing fight, grit, and determination throughout the game, including the 2nd half... and that was tested even more so when Fleetwood scored their equaliser just before the hour mark. However, Southend kept fighting to regain the advantage, and on the 80th minute, up stepped Luke Hyam with an unstoppable strike straight into the roof of the Accrington nets, putting Southend 2-1 up, and sparking wild jubilation from the loyal 200 Shrimpers in the away stands. Football is a funny old game tho, and Fleetwood were awarded a penalty which could've been considered as soft or avoidable, and they converted the penalty to level the score up to 2-2 just 4 minutes after Hyam's goal. 6 minutes of injury time weren't enough for either team to grab a winner, meaning that the Shrimpers took a vital point back to Essex with them in their bid for League One survival. 

Now, whilst we fell short on Saturday, I'm sure those that were in attendance can all agree that there are a number of positives that we can take from the game. For starters, a point is a point, and as it stands right now, every single point counts at this stage of the season. Secondly, the fight that we have been lacking for a good few weeks now seemed to be ever present at Fleetwood, and it was superb to see the team fight with passion and pride - the celebrations for the 2nd goal (pictured below) are just further proof of just that, and hopefully the celebrations following Hyam's 'Thunderball' strike will have a 'domino' affect on the team. The team seem to have rediscovered their confidence and look determined to give us 'Everything or Nothing' over the last 5 games. Overall, it was a very positive performance, one I'm certain we can build upon on Saturday against Wycombe. 

On the subject of Saturday's game against Wycombe, it's going to be another relegation clash... with 5 games to go and considering that all games in hand have now been played for teams around us, a win is an absolute must if we are to escape the drop zone. Seeing the passion and the belief on the players' and the fans' faces on Saturday at Fleetwood is all I need to see to know that there is still some fight left in us at this late, late stage of the season, and a win on Saturday will be huge for our survival hopes for this season. Wycombe are in the same situation that we are in, and we need to capitalise on that and ensure that we bring home the 3 points; anything less than 3 points would be a poor result. Bond has assigned us, the fans, with the mission of getting an atmosphere going on Saturday, and showing the lads that we still believe in them. As ever, TBV will be doing all that we can to get behind the team on Saturday, and we plea with all fans, whether you be sitting near us, or in a totally different part of the stadium, to join us in supporting the team for the full 90 minutes on Saturday in, what is now, the biggest game of our season.

Onwards and upwards. 5 games left..... We are Southend... UNITED.


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