Chesterfield 0, Southend United 1

Echo: Gavin Tomlin fires home the only goal of the game at the Proact Stadium Gavin Tomlin fires home the only goal of the game at the Proact Stadium

GAVIN Tomlin’s late strike handed Southend United a hard fought 1-0 at play off rivals Chesterfield this afternoon.

The hard-working striker chipped the ball past the advancing Spireites goalkeeper Tommy Lee with just seven minutes of the match remaining.

And the effort was enough to fire Blues back to winning ways.

Tomlin had earlier gone close to giving Paul Sturrock’s side the lead in just the fourth minute but his close range effort was blocked by the legs of Lee.

Chesterfield, who had not lost at home since October, began to get back in to the game and, in the 41st minute, striker Marc Richards slammed a 30 yard free kick against the underside of the crossbar.

Richards then another set play parried away by Smith and Chesterfield remained on top at the start of the second half.

Neal Trotman had a six yard shot blocked by Smith who then also smothered a low shot from Nathan Smith at his near post.

But, having withstood the spell of pressure, Blues hit back to score the only goal of the game in the 83rd minute when Michael Timlin played in Tomlin down the left hand side.

The forward then charged in to the penalty area and fired past the advancing Lee for his 15th goal of the season.

Chesterfield replied and came close to netting a late equaliser when Conor Townsend’s saw his 20 yard volley impressively pushed to safety by Smith as Southend moved back in to the play off positions.

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9:13am Sun 27 Jan 13

gary 51 says...

This was the classic smash and grab, the football was awful first half but picked up slightly in the second period.
Still 3 points and to be honest we have played better this season and lost.
Ryan Cresswell for me star man Saturday.
This was the classic smash and grab, the football was awful first half but picked up slightly in the second period. Still 3 points and to be honest we have played better this season and lost. Ryan Cresswell for me star man Saturday. gary 51

9:45am Sun 27 Jan 13

benfleetblue says...

Blues may get promoted this season but what is for sure is that this hoofball that Stuurock is encouraging will send the blues straight back down. League 1 is a tough division and you have to play football.
Blues may get promoted this season but what is for sure is that this hoofball that Stuurock is encouraging will send the blues straight back down. League 1 is a tough division and you have to play football. benfleetblue

7:34pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Shrimper Nation says...

I've seen a lot less hoofball from Blues this season than last and given Stevenage's success in League 1, keeping it on the deck may not necessarily be a key ingredient at that level anyway.
I've seen a lot less hoofball from Blues this season than last and given Stevenage's success in League 1, keeping it on the deck may not necessarily be a key ingredient at that level anyway. Shrimper Nation
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