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Stevenage 4-2 Southend United

Southend's automatic promotion hopes were dented by a late fightback by League Two rivals Stevenage.

The hosts' Roarie Deacon scored his first career goal when his cross crept into the net, before Joe Pigott levelled with a volley after half-time.

Barry Corr put Southend ahead from the spot but Boro equalised with a penalty of their own from Simon Walton.

Teenage substitute Ben Kennedy curled Stevenage ahead on 86 minutes, then sent Dean Parrett through for a fourth.

Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"The attitude of the team in the last 25 minutes or so was exactly what you wanted and as an 11 they went forward with real gusto to score three good goals and win the game.

"They're a decent side and we were in the situation we were in. But we know they do concede late goals and we always fancied we could affect the game late on.

"It's rude to single out Ben Kennedy for praise. Football's a team game and when a young kid comes in and does all right, I think it's rude to ignore the efforts of the team. But it's great a young kid has come in and done his job very well.

"The pitch was difficult again but people will probably go away saying what a great game, that they can't wait to get down there again and that's what you want."

Line-ups

Stevenage

Formation 4-4-2

  • 16Day
  • 34Deacon
  • 19Wells
  • 6BondSubstituted forPettat 72'minutes
  • 3Dembele
  • 7Whelpdale
  • 8WaltonBooked at 56mins
  • 18Parrett
  • 50Martin
  • 20BeardsleySubstituted forZolaat 83'minutes
  • 22LeeSubstituted forKennedyat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Beasant
  • 10Zola
  • 11Pett
  • 24Johnson
  • 32Conlon
  • 33Kennedy
  • 36Andrade

Southend

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Bentley
  • 2White
  • 26Barrett
  • 15Bolger
  • 3CokerBooked at 78mins
  • 7Worrall
  • 8TimlinSubstituted forHurstat 77'minutes
  • 18Leonard
  • 22DeeganSubstituted forCoulthirstat 87'minutes
  • 32Pigott
  • 10CorrSubstituted forCassidyat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Atkinson
  • 14Hurst
  • 17Coulthirst
  • 19Payne
  • 21Smith
  • 23Binnom-Williams
  • 24Cassidy
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
3,918

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamSouthend
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home7
Away7
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away19

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Stevenage 4, Southend United 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Stevenage 4, Southend United 2.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Stevenage 4, Southend United 2. Dean Parrett (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Ben Kennedy.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dave Martin (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Southend United. Shaquile Coulthirst replaces Gary Deegan.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Stevenage 3, Southend United 2. Ben Kennedy (Stevenage) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Calvin Zola.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Tom Pett (Stevenage).

  9. Post update

    Ryan Leonard (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by John White.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Stevenage. Calvin Zola replaces Chris Beardsley.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Cian Bolger.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jake Cassidy (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Southend United. Jake Cassidy replaces Barry Corr.

  15. Booking

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

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Southend United. Kevan Hurst replaces Michael Timlin.

  17. Post update

    Dean Wells (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Leonard (Southend United).

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Stevenage 2, Southend United 2. Simon Walton (Stevenage) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  20. Post update

    Penalty Stevenage. Ben Kennedy draws a foul in the penalty area.