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Southend United 1-1 Crewe Alexandra

Jack Payne's injury-time penalty helped Southend secure a vital point against second-bottom Crewe at Roots Hall.

Following a number of misses by both sides, the game sprung into life in the 86th minute when George Cooper fired home a 25-yard free-kick to give the visitors a shock lead.

However, the hosts were awarded their second spot-kick of the match after Ben Nugent fouled Jamar Loza in the box.

Tyrone Barnett had seen his first-half penalty saved by keeper Ben Garratt.

The draw leaves Southend a point off the play-off places, while Crewe have slipped eight points adrift of safety.

Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

"We were terrific. We deserved to win. That is all you can ask from them, the penalty incident aside at the end. We have gone to a tough place, battled away and shown the ability we have.

"The players can be proud of their performance. We have gone head to head with a team who are looking to get into the top six and were the better team.

"We know George Cooper is capable of scoring free-kicks like that. He did that against Coventry in his early days in the team and slowly he is getting that confidence back."

Line-ups

Southend

  • 1Bentley
  • 5Thompson
  • 15BolgerBooked at 78mins
  • 26Barrett
  • 3CokerBooked at 87mins
  • 12AtkinsonSubstituted forPayneat 79'minutes
  • 22Deegan
  • 4WordsworthBooked at 58mins
  • 20McQueenSubstituted forWorrallat 58'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 9MooneySubstituted forLozaat 58'minutes
  • 19BarnettBooked at 87mins

Substitutes

  • 7Worrall
  • 8Timlin
  • 10Payne
  • 13Smith
  • 16Hunt
  • 23Loza
  • 25Kamara

Crewe

  • 1Garratt
  • 2Turton
  • 3Guthrie
  • 6Nugent
  • 41Bakayogo
  • 11CooperSubstituted forNgat 88'minutes
  • 15FoxSubstituted forAinleyat 81'minutes
  • 20Jones
  • 10Inman
  • 9Haber
  • 36HitchcockBooked at 54minsSubstituted forSaundersat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Ray
  • 13Richards
  • 14Saunders
  • 23Ng
  • 25Ainley
  • 31Kirk
  • 32Howell
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
5,444

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthendAway TeamCrewe
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home6
Away7
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away8
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Southend United 1, Crewe Alexandra 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Southend United 1, Crewe Alexandra 1.

Goal!

Goal! Southend United 1, Crewe Alexandra 1. Jack Payne (Southend United) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the top right corner.

Penalty conceded by Ben Nugent (Crewe Alexandra) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Southend United. Jamar Loza draws a foul in the penalty area.

Ben Nugent (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by David Worrall (Southend United).

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Perry Ng replaces George Cooper.

Booking

Ben Coker (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Tyrone Barnett (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Southend United 0, Crewe Alexandra 1. George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the top right corner.

Booking

David Worrall (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Ben Coker (Southend United).

George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Callum Ainley replaces David Fox.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Adam Barrett.

Attempt blocked. George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Jack Payne replaces Will Atkinson.

Marcus Haber (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Adam Barrett (Southend United).

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Callum Saunders replaces Tom Hitchcock.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Jon Guthrie.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Oliver Turton.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Ben Coker.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Anthony Wordsworth.

Attempt missed. David Worrall (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Foul by Ben Nugent (Crewe Alexandra).

Jamar Loza (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

James Jones (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Anthony Wordsworth (Southend United).

Attempt missed. Tyrone Barnett (Southend United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Zoumana Bakayogo.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. David Worrall replaces Sam McQueen.

Booking

Anthony Wordsworth (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Jamar Loza replaces David Mooney.

Foul by Anthony Wordsworth (Southend United).

Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Oliver Turton.

Booking

Tom Hitchcock (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Cian Bolger (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton33214843271667
2Wigan341712555302563
3Walsall331611649331659
4Gillingham341771060431758
5Millwall341671152411155
6Coventry331410956371952
7Barnsley34164145445952
8Southend34149114643351
9Bradford33149103936351
10Port Vale351310123939049
11Swindon34146145351248
12Sheff Utd34139124745248
13Bury34138134555-1047
14Scunthorpe33137133840-246
15Rochdale34129134446-245
16Peterborough34135165755244
17Fleetwood33109144041-139
18Chesterfield34115184554-938
19Doncaster33910143644-837
20Shrewsbury33107163951-1237
21Blackpool3498173343-1035
22Oldham33616113344-1134
23Crewe34611173659-2329
24Colchester3469194279-3727
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