Accrington 1-1 Southend

Accrington were denied their first win since New Year's Day as Southend grabbed a late equaliser.

After a lacklustre first half, Stanley took the lead when James Gray slotted past Paul Smith from inside the area.

It got worse for the visitors when Ryan Creswell was sent off for violent conduct after appearing to push Gray.

Despite being a man down, promotion-chasing Southend stole a share of the points when Kevan Hurst's 20-yard drive found the bottom corner.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Accrington Stanley manager Leam Richardson told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"I couldn't tell you have we've not won. They had one half-chance and scored a goal when they were down to 10 men and at their weakest.

"On the positive side, I couldn't be prouder and ask any more of the players. We've put a solid performance in today.

"The Southend staff will be rubbing their hands together knowing they've gone away with a point today."

Southend United manager Paul Sturrock told BBC Essex:

Paul Sturrock

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Sturrock unhappy at Southend tempo

"You can't play at the tempo we tried to play at and win football games. We've come off a real hard game on Tuesday, had to travel a distance and we didn't come out of the traps at all.

"Even then we've had a couple of half-chances we should have done better with.

"Too many of our players [weren't at their best], whatever reason that is, until the sending off and then the temperament changed.

"All of a sudden the hunger came back in the team - ten men were pegging 11 men back."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Accrington Stanley

  • 01 Rachubka
  • 02 Murphy
  • 03 Liddle Booked (Molyneux - 78' )
  • 05 Hughes
  • 06 Winnard
  • 16 Hunt
  • 34 Wilson
  • 04 Joyce
  • 17 Gray (Amond - 90' )
  • 21 Beattie (Hatfield - 83' )
  • 33 Boco

Substitutes

  • 22 Dawber
  • 24 Molyneux
  • 26 Aldred
  • 10 Hatfield
  • 12 Miller
  • 19 Carver
  • 23 Amond

Southend United

  • 01 Smith
  • 02 Clohessy
  • 03 Straker
  • 04 Spillane
  • 06 Cresswell Dismissed
  • 15 Phillips
  • 18 Leonard (Corr - 46' )
  • 27 Reeves (Lavery - 70' )
  • 14 Hurst
  • 26 Laird
  • 20 Assombalonga (Woodyard - 86' )

Substitutes

  • 17 Bentley
  • 19 Spicer
  • 30 Woodyard
  • 10 Corr
  • 13 Lavery
Ref: Haines
Att: 1,589

Match Stats

Shots

12 6

On target

5 4

Corners

4 3

Fouls

10 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:38 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +4:13

Barry Corr has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.

90:00 +3:09

Peter Murphy takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Spillane. Lee Molyneux takes a shot. Save by Paul Smith. Mark Hughes takes a shot. Save made by Paul Smith.

90:00 +2:39

The ball is delivered by Will Hatfield, Michael Spillane makes a clearance.

90:00 +1:08

Unfair challenge on Barry Corr by Peter Murphy results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Kevan Hurst.

90:00 +0:33 Substitution

Substitution James Gray leaves the field to be replaced by Padraig Amond.

90:00 +0:18

Lee Molyneux has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.

88:54

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Laurence Wilson from the left by-line, clearance by Caolan Lavery.

88:38

Marc Laird takes a shot. Save by Paul Rachubka.

88:27

Lee Molyneux crosses the ball, save by Paul Smith.

87:31

Sean Clohessy fouled by Lee Molyneux, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Sean Clohessy.

85:55 Substitution

Substitution Alex Woodyard comes on in place of Britt Assombalonga.

83:29

The ball is crossed by Lee Molyneux, Paul Smith makes a save.

83:02

Foul by Barry Corr on Laurence Wilson, free kick awarded. Laurence Wilson takes the free kick.

81:41 Substitution

Substitution Will Hatfield on for James Beattie.

81:41 Goal scored

Goal! - Kevan Hurst - Accrington 1 - 1 Southend Kevan Hurst scores a goal from outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Accrington Stanley 1-1 Southend.

81:29

A cross is delivered by Anthony Straker, clearance by Mark Hughes.

79:04

Anthony Straker crosses the ball, clearance made by Nicky Hunt.

77:08 Substitution

Substitution Lee Molyneux comes on in place of Michael Liddle.

72:46

James Gray produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.

71:11

Kevan Hurst crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance made by Luke Joyce.

71:11 Booking

Booking Booking for Michael Liddle for unsporting behaviour.

71:02

Sean Clohessy fouled by Michael Liddle, the ref awards a free kick.

69:41

Paul Rachubka restarts play with the free kick.

69:41 Substitution

Substitution Ben Reeves goes off and Caolan Lavery comes on.

69:41

Unfair challenge on Luke Joyce by Barry Corr results in a free kick.

66:44

Nicky Hunt fouled by Barry Corr, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Rachubka takes the free kick.

66:18

James Gray is caught offside. Direct free kick taken by Mark Phillips.

64:04 Dismissal

Dismissal Red card for Ryan Cresswell.

62:31

Nicky Hunt crosses the ball, James Gray takes a shot. Save by Paul Smith.

61:41

Corner taken right-footed by Luke Joyce to the near post, Michael Spillane makes a clearance.

61:29

James Gray sends in a cross, Anthony Straker makes a clearance.

61:13

The ball is crossed by Romuald Boco, clearance made by Ryan Cresswell.

60:45

Outswinging corner taken by Laurence Wilson from the left by-line, Ryan Cresswell makes a clearance.

60:31

Centre by Romuald Boco, Mark Phillips manages to make a clearance.

57:51

Assist by Romuald Boco.

57:51 Goal scored

Goal! - James Gray - Accrington 1 - 0 Southend James Gray scores a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Accrington Stanley 1-0 Southend.

52:01

Ryan Cresswell challenges James Gray unfairly and gives away a free kick. Laurence Wilson crosses the ball in from the free kick.

51:28

Romuald Boco delivers the ball, save made by Paul Smith.

49:55

Romuald Boco delivers the ball, Ryan Cresswell manages to make a clearance.

47:17

The ball is swung over by Kevan Hurst, Mark Hughes makes a clearance.

46:49

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Kevan Hurst, clearance made by James Beattie.

45:48

James Beattie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevan Hurst. Free kick taken by Ryan Cresswell.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Barry Corr on for Ryan Leonard.

45:00 +1:10 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

43:17

Foul by Dean Winnard on Britt Assombalonga, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Kevan Hurst.

42:02

Michael Spillane takes a shot. Save by Paul Rachubka.

41:37

Mark Hughes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Britt Assombalonga. Anthony Straker takes the free kick.

39:19

Corner taken left-footed by Laurence Wilson, Headed effort on goal by Nicky Hunt from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.

36:42

James Gray produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.

36:06

Laurence Wilson takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand upright.

35:18

Centre by Sean Clohessy, Header from deep inside the area by Michael Spillane goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

32:21

The offside flag is raised against Britt Assombalonga. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Rachubka.

30:29

Mark Hughes fouled by Ben Reeves, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Rachubka takes the free kick.

27:26

Ben Reeves gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Winnard. Nicky Hunt takes the direct free kick.

26:18

Marc Laird concedes a free kick for a foul on James Gray. Free kick crossed left-footed by Laurence Wilson, Mark Phillips makes a clearance.

23:29

Ben Reeves delivers the ball, save made by Paul Rachubka.

22:59

Corner taken by Michael Spillane, James Beattie makes a clearance.

22:08

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Leonard by Peter Murphy. Kevan Hurst delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Paul Smith makes a save.

21:31

The offside flag is raised against Britt Assombalonga. Free kick taken by Paul Rachubka.

17:20

Ben Reeves takes a short corner.

16:36

Marc Laird takes a shot. Dean Winnard makes a clearance.

15:38

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Hughes on Britt Assombalonga. Free kick crossed right-footed by Kevan Hurst from right wing, Paul Rachubka makes a clearance.

9:50

James Gray fouled by Ryan Cresswell, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Laurence Wilson.

9:19

Effort from outside the penalty box by James Gray goes wide right of the target.

6:57

Shot from outside the penalty box by Laurence Wilson goes wide right of the goal.

4:27

Michael Liddle delivers the ball, save by Paul Smith.

3:13

The referee blows for offside against Britt Assombalonga. Free kick taken by Paul Rachubka.

1:48

Dean Winnard challenges Britt Assombalonga unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kevan Hurst delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance by Paul Rachubka.

1:10

Britt Assombalonga gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nicky Hunt. Free kick taken by Paul Rachubka.

0:30

Luke Joyce concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Spillane. Direct free kick taken by Mark Phillips.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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