Relegation-threatened Blues draw a blank again

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Oxford City v Southend United – Vanarama National League – The RAW Charging Stadium – Report

Oxford City 0-0 Southend United

Southend United’s worrying recent run of form continued as they failed to win or score for their fourth successive Vanarama National League match.

Indeed, their goalless draw against bottom-of-the-table Oxford City at the RAW Charging Stadium left the Roots Hall Stadium outfit hovering precariously above the bottom four and embroiled in a desperate battle to avoid relegation.

Boss, Kevin Maher, stuck to his guns: “We’ve got to keep doing the things that we believe in, and if we keep working properly and doing the basics right, then things will change,” he explained

“We’ve got to remain consistent in the work we do and not get too high or too low.

“The players always want to improve and we’ll keep doing that and work to our maximum every week.”

But despite creating numerous opportunities, Southend were unable to breach an Oxford side with only seven wins to their name all season and who were thrashed 7-1 by Dagenham & Redbridge last time out.

The Blues afternoon took a turn for the worse when skipper Nathan Ralph received his marching orders ten minutes from time after his attempted overhead kick made contact with Josh Parker.

Southend United return to Vanarama National League action on Tuesday, February 20, when tey face Maidenhead United at York Road (7:45pm).

Oxford City: Watson, Ashby (Fonkeu 85′), Burley, Roddy (Coyle 75′), Kabongolo, Greenslade, Parker, Fleet, William-Bushell, Smith (Potter 67′), Phillips Subs not used: Humphrey-Ewers, Lumeka

Southend United: Andeng-Ndi, Scott-Morriss, Ralph, Husin

Kensdale, Crowther, Bridge (Demetriou 88′), Miley, Fonguck (Morton 68′), Cardwell, Sandat (Dackers 68′) Subs not used: Waldron, Wood

Referee: John Mulligan

Assistants: Sam Wesson and Adam Wilson

Fourth Official: Joe Woolmer

Attendance: 1,854 (1,200 from Southend United)

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