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Southend United 1, Northampton Town 2
BILEL Mohsni was sent off on his return to Southend United as Paul Sturrock’s side suffered a 2-1 defeat against Northampton Town at Roots Hall this afternoon.
The Frenchman was dismissed after 27 minutes for a studs high challenge on Cobblers winger Chris Hackett.
And, despite battling hard with 10 men, Blues were eventually undone by a last gasp header from visiting captain Kelvin Langmead.
Before the late drama, Southend were on top and, with just two minutes on the clock, Kevan Hurst’s drilled low cross from the right hand side just flew past the sliding Britt Assombalonga at the far post.
Moments later, Danny Mayor cut in off the left flank and curled a 20 yard shot just inches past the right post.
But having survived the scares, Northampton took the lead in the 11th minute with former Blues loanee Roy O’Donovan on target.
The Irishman reacted quickly at the far post when a long right wing throw from Ben Tozer was flicked on in to his path and guided a fine shot back over his head and in to the right hand side of the South Stand goal.
Blues then suffered another huge blow in the 27th minute with Mohsni being shown a straight red card and the Frenchman could have no complaints about the decision as his studs went in to the chest of Cobblers’ midfielder Chris Hackett when attempting to make a challenge.
Southend reorganised by bringing Freddy Eastwood on for Danny Mayor and moving Barry Corr back in to the middle of defence.
Eastwood’s first involvement saw him fire a low 30 yard shot straight at Northampton goalkeeper Lee Nicholls but 10 men Blues continued to battle hard.
And, with 65 minutes on the clock, they drew back level as Kevan Hurst’s right wing corner picked out Matthew Lund, who was making his debut after signing on loan from Stoke City, and his header deflected off Langmead before hitting the back of the net via the inside of the left post.
Moments later, Southend came close to going in front when a 30 yard free-kick from Eastwood flew just inches over the crossbar and, in the 76th minute, Hurst had a swerving shot from the edge of the penalty area blocked by the legs of Northampton goalkeeper Lee Nicholls.
Hurst then had another long range shot smothered by Nicholls but the Cobblers hit back to win it right at the death when Adebayo Akinfenwa’s header was met by Langmead who nodded the ball in to the back from four yards with Smith staying rooted to his line.