Match ends, York City 0, Southend United 0.
York failed to score for their fourth consecutive home game as play-off chasing Southend left Bootham Crescent with a point.
Ryan Bowman forced Daniel Bentley into a low save and Michael Coulson and Will Hayhurst also went close for the hosts.
Kevan Hurst fired the visitors' best chance of the first half wide, while Barry Corr sent two headers off target.
Coulson came close to winning it for the Minstermen late on but his effort was blocked on the line.
York City manager Nigel Worthington told BBC Radio York:
"They're not easy to win. Like the Cheltenham game you're playing against a decent team who have been in the league for a long time.
"It's never an easy situation but I can't really fault the players.
"I thought some of the play at times was very good, the commitment and work ethic was high quality.
"So at home maybe we need just that rub of the green to take us over the line, but the important thing is that we are working at it and towards it so that's a good thing."
- 3DaviesBooked at 54mins
- 19BowmanBooked at 31minsSubstituted forJarvisat 71'minutes
- 7CoulsonSubstituted forDickinsonat 90+1'minutes
- 15BolgerSubstituted forPhillipsat 79'minutes
- 10CorrBooked at 87mins
- 8TimlinSubstituted forPayneat 56'minutes
- 11StrakerSubstituted forLairdat 75'minutes
- Paul Tierney
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, York City 0, Southend United 0.
Attempt saved. Ryan Leonard (Southend United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.
Substitution, York City. Chris Dickinson replaces Michael Coulson.
Foul by Ryan Jarvis (York City).
John White (Southend United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Barry Corr (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.
Lanre Oyebanjo (York City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Barry Corr (Southend United).
Attempt saved. Lanre Oyebanjo (York City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.
Michael Coulson (York City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Mark Phillips (Southend United).
Attempt blocked. Mark Phillips (Southend United) header from the centre of the box is blocked.
Corner, Southend United. Conceded by William Hayhurst.
Foul by Michael Coulson (York City).
John White (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, Southend United. Mark Phillips replaces Cian Bolger because of an injury.
Attempt saved. Kevan Hurst (Southend United) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Delay in match Cian Bolger (Southend United) because of an injury.
Attempt blocked. Michael Coulson (York City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked.