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Southend United 1-2 Milton Keynes Dons

Southend United's push for the League One play-offs was dented by a defeat against MK Dons at Roots Hall.

The seventh-placed Shrimpers had been hoping to move up into the top six with a win.

But two Dons goals in nine minutes at the start of the second half saw Phil Brown's side suffer a costly setback.

MK Dons came closest to scoring in the first 45 minutes when Harvey Barnes' effort was cleared off the goal-line by a sliding Jason Demetriou.

However, the visitors broke the deadlock in the 53rd minute with centre-back Joe Walsh heading home a right-wing corner from Ben Reeves.

Southend almost netted an immediate equaliser with Anthony Wordsworth curling a 25 yard free-kick against the outside of the left post.

But Dons doubled their lead in the 62nd minute with former Shrimpers loanee Reeves firing home after Christian Walton had parried a shot from Kieran Agard.

Walton then did well to deny both Agard and Barnes before Southend rallied late on with Anton Ferdinand hitting the post and Simon Cox netting an injury-time penalty after Marc-Antoine Fortune had been brought down by George Baldock.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Southend

  • 21Walton
  • 24Demetriou
  • 5Thompson
  • 35Ferdinand
  • 8Timlin
  • 12AtkinsonSubstituted forRobinsonat 58'minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 18Leonard
  • 4WordsworthBooked at 90mins
  • 11McLaughlinSubstituted forMcGlashanat 58'minutes
  • 10Cox
  • 50RangerSubstituted forFortunéat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7O'Neill
  • 14Fortuné
  • 16Amos
  • 17McGlashan
  • 23Hines
  • 27Kyprianou
  • 31Robinson

MK Dons

  • 19Nicholls
  • 21BrittainSubstituted forBaldockat 85'minutes
  • 12Williams
  • 4Walsh
  • 3Lewington
  • 6Upson
  • 11O'Keefe
  • 8Potter
  • 10ReevesBooked at 35minsSubstituted forTilneyat 90+3'minutes
  • 14AgardSubstituted forMuirheadat 73'minutes
  • 18Barnes

Substitutes

  • 1Martin
  • 2Baldock
  • 16Muirhead
  • 20Rasulo
  • 23Downing
  • 24Tilney
  • 30Thomas-Asante
Referee:
Andy Haines
Attendance:
9,009

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthendAway TeamMK Dons
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home19
Away16
Shots on Target
Home2
Away8
Corners
Home8
Away8
Fouls
Home15
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Southend United 1, MK Dons 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Southend United 1, MK Dons 2.

Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Southend United).

Dean Lewington (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Southend United 1, MK Dons 2. Simon Cox (Southend United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty Southend United. Marc-Antoine Fortuné draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by George Baldock (MK Dons) after a foul in the penalty area.

Booking

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

Foul by Anton Ferdinand (Southend United).

Darren Potter (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Ben Tilney replaces Ben Reeves.

Attempt missed. Harvey Barnes (MK Dons) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Simon Cox (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Jason Demetriou.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Joe Walsh.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. George Baldock replaces Callum Brittain.

Booking

Theo Robinson (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.

Delay in match Ed Upson (MK Dons) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Adam Thompson (Southend United).

Harvey Barnes (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Southend United).

Ed Upson (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Anton Ferdinand (Southend United) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box following a corner.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Joe Walsh.

Attempt missed. Harvey Barnes (MK Dons) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Marc-Antoine Fortuné replaces Nile Ranger.

Attempt missed. Jason Demetriou (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Callum Brittain (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Robbie Muirhead replaces Kieran Agard.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Christian Walton.

Attempt saved. Harvey Barnes (MK Dons) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Attempt missed. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Kieran Agard (MK Dons) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Anthony Wordsworth (Southend United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Dean Lewington.

Goal!

Goal! Southend United 0, MK Dons 2. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Kieran Agard (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Nile Ranger (Southend United).

George B Williams (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd442810686454194
2Bolton4323101063362779
3Fleetwood4422121061412078
4Scunthorpe4422101275522376
5Bradford441918758421675
6Millwall4419131262511170
7Southend4419121369521769
8Rochdale441910156960967
9Bristol Rovers441812146362166
10Oxford Utd44189176052863
11Peterborough441611175857159
12MK Dons441513165654258
13Walsall431416135052-258
14Wimbledon441317145252056
15Charlton441218145552354
16Northampton441410206070-1052
17Oldham441215173043-1351
18Gillingham441213195776-1949
19Shrewsbury441212204561-1648
20Bury431210215872-1446
21Port Vale431112204468-2445
22Swindon441111224361-1844
23Chesterfield44910254073-3337
24Coventry44812243565-3036
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