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📝 Match Preview: Southend United (A)

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's match at Roots Hall

9 October 2020

Match Previews

📝 Match Preview: Southend United (A)

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's match at Roots Hall

9 October 2020

Exeter City will be looking to make it four wins on the spin as they travel to face Southend United at Roots Hall on Saturday.

ity boss Matt Taylor has spoken to the press ahead of their trip to Southend United on Saturday and says his side must be prepared for the threats the Essex side pose.

The Shrimpers are yet to win a match in Sky Bet League Two, but Taylor expects a tough contest.

“We’re on the back of two good performances – three if you count the game on Tuesday – and they’ve had a disjointed start to the season, so it’s a difficult one to predict.

“I expect they’ll strengthen their squad this week and they have some players to come back from injury, plus they’ll be looking to pick up their first win of the season."


We would rather you could be there in person, but you can get the next best thing by supporting at home on iFollow.

You can purchase a match pass for the 3pm kick-off at the cost of just £10 in the UK. The stream includes the live BBC Radio Devon commentary, score overlay and replays.

By purchasing a match pass on the City website, you'll be providing much welcome income whilst games are played behind closed doors with around 80% of the price going directly to the Grecians.

To purchase a match pass please click here.

You can watch the match on your laptop by purchasing a match pass and logging on to the website homepage where the will be a 'Watch Now' button near the top of the page.

This season the EFL have created a new 'iFollow' app where you can watch on your phone or tablet! The old Exeter City app is being phased out, so if you have that please uninstall and download the app:

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As usual, we’ll have the match covered across our social media channels and we’ll have a post-match interview with manager Matt Taylor and a player as they reflect on the result.

Exeter City on social media



Mark Molesley said the following about Saturday's match:

"They're a very experienced team at this level and were in the play-offs last season.

"Matt Taylor has got them organised, very well-drilled and like I say, they’re experienced and always fighting for promotion so another tough challenge awaits us.

"They have a rich history of producing very good players, most-notably of late Ollie Watkins who has banged the goals in at Aston Villa. [Ethan] Ampadu is another one but we’re also very proud of what we do here at this football club.

"They are an experienced team and they set the standard because they’ve been up the top end of this league in the last few years.

"We have to stick to our processes and present a really strong challenge to them."


  • Name: Roots Hall Stadium
  • Capacity: 12,392
  • Year opened: 1955
  • Address: Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS2 6NQ

Southend United originally played at Roots Hall following their formation in 1906 but were forced to move in 1920 to the Kursaal, an amusement park in the centre of Southend. In 1934 the Blues were on the move again, this time to the towns greyhound stadium in Grainger Road- before making a triumphant return to a newly built football-specific Roots Hall in 1955.

Southend are planning to pack their suitcases again when they move to a brand-new out of town stadium. In April 2020, an agreement was been reached between the local council and the Club, enabling the £80m redevelopment of Roots Hall for housing, and the delivery of a new 21,000-seater stadium at Fossetts Farm.


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