Oxford visit Roots Hall to take on Southend this weekend, before welcoming the Shrimpers as guests to the Kassam Stadium just days later for a Johnstone's Paint Trophy match. Ahead of this double-header, Matt Peck examines the records as United attempt to topple the form team at the start of a very tough sequence of matches.
Southend: WDWWW (13 Points)
Oxford: WDLWW (10 Points)
Times played (at Southend): 15
Last league Result (At Southend): (1 February 2011)
Southend 2 v 1 Oxford
Hall (43’) Constable (14’)
Oxford have historically performed well at Roots Hall, and would be hoping that this game can give them the majority of victories between the two in Southend. Between 1982 and 1992, Oxford won 5 games in a row at Roots Hall. The 6th win came in 2003.
Southend are on a phenomenal run. Unbeaten in 9 games, winning 8 of these games. Indeed, they haven’t been defeated in the league for nearly 2 months.
Oxford have had decent run of late too, losing just one of their last 10 games. They have been defeated the same number of times this season as their opponents, but 3 extra draws have created a six point gap between the two clubs.
Three of the last four games between the two clubs have included a red card. On all 3 occasions the team reduced to 10 men have lost the game. Oxford lost Damien Batt last season for a two footed challenge. In November 2004, Oxford lost 4-0, and had John Ashton sent off in the 90th minute for a second yellow. And in December 2003, Southend lost the game in the last 10 minutes, conceding in the 80th, and losing Broughton in the 90th.