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Match Preview: Southend United vs Stevenage

12 March 2021

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Boro are back on the road this Saturday, as we aim to extend our unbeaten run with a Sky Bet League Two clash against Southend United at Roots Hall...

Last time out, Boro extended their unbeaten run to seven with a scoreless draw against Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road, with Ben Coker coming closest to breaking the deadlock, as his delicately placed free-kick crashed against the crossbar. This result meant that Jamie Cumming has now not conceded a goal in 539 minutes of football, with Boro keeping more clean sheets than any other team in England since the beginning of 2021. 
After the game, manager Alex Revell stated ''We struggled to get possession in the first 20 minutes and they moved the ball well, although without really hurting us. We worked extremely hard but then for all of their play we should have been in front.
What I am really proud of is the way we played in the second half. There was only one team in it and we were excellent at times. You have to be critical in the right way and again, if we want to improve, then we can’t keep wasting these chances when they come along, not if we want to achieve further up the table.''
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​Mark Molesley's Southend United currently occupy 23rd place in Sky Bet League Two, suffering a 2-0 defeat in their fixture at the hands of Tranmere Rovers, courtesy of goals from Paul Lewis and George Ray. Having been relegated from League One last season, the Shrimpers have struggled for form once more this season, having recorded one win in their last seven games and failing to score in their last four.
Boro's scoreless draw with Southend in December saw the brief introduction of fans at the Lamex Stadium, with Boro's last league win over Saturday's hosts coming in a 4-2 home victory in 2015 with goals from Roarie Deacon, Simon Walton, Ben Kennedy and Dean Parrett. 
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Chris Lines is still recovering from last week's slight knock, with Alex Revell making limited changes in Boro's last four outings.
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​Referee: Peter Wright
Assistant Referee 1:  James Vallance
Assistant Referee 2: Leigh Crowhurst
Fourth Official: Gareth Viccars
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In the build-up to Saturday's meeting, Alex Revell stated ''We all want to keep these standards up with our current performances, making sure as a centre forward that you never stop running into a position to score a goal, as a full-back to keep putting in dangerous crosses and these are the pressures we look to put on the players to ensure they perform to their best ability and gain points. 
''We know we've drawn too many games we should have won, and these things drive players to do more and get better. We’re looking like a team fully focused on getting better, and making sure that we finish the season really strongly”.
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