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Southend United 2, Brentford 2
TWO headers from Barry Corr saw Southend United fight back to claim a 2-2 draw with Brentford in the third round of the FA Cup at Roots Hall this afternoon.
Blues found themselves 2-0 down after 38 minutes of the game.
But two aerial efforts from Corr ensured the tie will be decided by a replay at Griffin Park.
The entertaining encounter got underway brightly with Blues’ recalled defender Mark Phillips doing well to head a dangerous right wing cross from Lee Hodson’s over his own crossbar from inside the six yard box.
But, with play immediately switching back to the other end of the field, Southend midfielder Marc Laird hammered a well struck 25 yard volley over the North Bank net.
Moments later, Gavin Tomlin fired a low 20 yard shot straight at Brentford goalkeeper Simon Moore and, in the 20th minute, the Blues striker went even closer with a left footed effort from a similar distance which fizzed just inches over the crossbar.
Southend remained on top, with Tomlin causing further problems for the visitors and he wasted a good chance to put the home-side ahead just two minutes later.
The forward was picked out by a fine Alex Woodyard pass but, after advancing in to the penalty area and bringing the ball back on to his right foot, Tomlin fired woefully wide of the right post from 12 yards when he should have done better.
Marc Laird then saw a deflected close range volley fly over the crossbar before Michael Timlin sent a 25 yard shot flashing just past the left post.
However, Blues were made to pay for the missed chances when Brentford took the lead with a well worked goal in the 29th minute of the match.
The Bees strung together a number of passes before Paul Hayes rolled the ball in to the path of Adeyemi who charged in to the centre of the penalty area and fired his first goal of the season in to the bottom left hand corner of the net.
But Blues could have equalised just seven minutes when Kevan Hurst’s excellent right wing free-kick was headed straight at Moore from six yards by Barry Corr.
Brentford immediately made the most of the let off by doubling their lead in the 38th minute when a right wing cross from Sam Saunders was diverted past his own goalkeeper by Ryan Cresswell.
That did not deter Blues from pushing forward though and they immediately got back in to the game just 60 seconds later when an excellent right wing cross from Sean Clohessy was headed home at the back post by Corr via the underside of the crossbar.
Eight minutes in to the second half, Corr was on target again as he was left all alone in the penalty area when the Brentford defence charged forward trying to play offside from Hurst’s right wing free-kick.
The Bees’ plan backfired horribly though and Corr was able to head the ball in to the bottom right hand corner of the net.
Blues could then have gone in front when a defensive mix up led to Tomlin running clean through on goal.
But, with the two Brentford centre-backs rushing back to put him under pressure, Tomlin could only send a chipped shot wide of the right post.
The Bees soon hit back with Clayton Donaldson having a low shot saved by Smith before Blues made their first change of the afternoon in the 78th minute with Elliot Benyon coming on for a tiring Corr in attack.
Soon after the alteration, Southend almost went in front when a powerful close range header from Tomlin was superbly tipped over the crossbar by Moore.
And that ensured the game ended all square to set up a replay at Griffin Park.