Match ends, Southend United 2, MK Dons 2.
Southend United fought back to secure a draw with fellow strugglers MK Dons at Roots Hall.
Dons took the lead after just 13 minutes when a low cross from Conor McGrandles found Joe Mason free at the far post to fire home the 100th goal that the Shrimpers have conceded in the calendar year.
However, Southend hit back to equalise in the 32nd minute with Jason Demetriou slotting home a penalty into the bottom right hand corner after Stephen Humphrys had been brought down by Dons goalkeeper Lee Nicholls.
Shrimpers striker Tom Hopper fired a glorious chance wide of the target at the start of the second half before Rhys Healey put Dons back in front in the 64th minute when he deflected Mark Oxley's save into the back of the net.
Two minutes later, Southend's Rob Kiernan headed home a Sam Mantom corner to draw Southend level once again before Humphrys nearly won it with a close-range header that was blocked by Nicholls.
But the draw keeps both teams in the bottom three with the Shrimpers 12 points from safety.
Match report supplied by PA Media.
- 8DiengBooked at 41mins
- 18MantomBooked at 74mins
- 11McLaughlinSubstituted forGoodshipat 90+3'minutes
- 7HumphrysSubstituted forKelmanat 82'minutes
- 1NichollsBooked at 31mins
- 24HoughtonBooked at 34mins
- 8GilbeyBooked at 56mins
- 7ReevesSubstituted forKasumuat 75'minutes
- 27NombeSubstituted forHealeyat 59'minutes
- Neil Hair
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Southend United 2, MK Dons 2.
Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Joe Walsh.
Attempt missed. Alex Gilbey (MK Dons) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is too high. Assisted by Rhys Healey.
Substitution, Southend United. Brandon Goodship replaces Stephen McLaughlin.
Foul by Jordan Houghton (MK Dons).
Sam Mantom (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Alex Gilbey (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Timothee Dieng (Southend United).
Rhys Healey (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Stephen McLaughlin (Southend United).
Foul by Callum Brittain (MK Dons).
Mark Milligan (Southend United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Substitution, Southend United. Charlie Kelman replaces Stephen Humphrys.
Attempt saved. Joe Mason (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Kasumu.
Substitution, MK Dons. David Kasumu replaces Ben Reeves.
Sam Mantom (Southend United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Ben Reeves (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Sam Mantom (Southend United).
Attempt saved. Stephen Humphrys (Southend United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Hopper with a cross.