Half-time at Roots Hall Stadium…

Southend United 0-0 Oldham Athletic

As might be expected in a contest between the sides places ninetieth and ninety-second in the Football League, exchanges were frantic, scrappy and devoid of quality. 

Blues enjoyed plenty of early possession – just as they had at Tranmere three days previous. Nevertheless, it was Oldham who created the first clearcut opportunity – Dylan Fage sending his right-footed strike over after a swift break from deep.

Ashley Nathaniel-George drove menacingly at the Latics rearguard but dragged wide after shaping to shoot, while Elvis Bwomono fired over from distance as Southend responded. But there is little getting away from the fact this has been a woeful opening forty-five minutes.

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Brian Jeeves

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