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Southend United 1, Rotherham United 1
ROTHERHAM skipper Johnny Mullins bagged an injury time equaliser to deny Southend United a crucial victory at Roots Hall this afternoon.
Blues seemed set for all three points when Kevan Hurst thundered home a stunning long range shot in the 73rd minute of the match.
But, right at the death, Mullins bundled the ball home at the back post to secure a 1-1 draw for his side as Paul Sturrock’s troops moved six points away from a place in the play-offs.
Before the late drama, the two teams played out a reasonably uneventful first half during which Rotherham striker Daniel Nardiello had a close range header tipped over the crossbar by Southend goalkeeper Paul Smith.
At the other end of the field, Britt Assombalonga had a deflected low, left footed shot well saved by Millers goalkeeper Andy Warrington and the stop meant Blues have still not scored in the first half of a home league game since September.
However, Southend were on top at the start of the second half with both Assombalonga and Danny Mayor going close to opening the scoring.
But Blues made the breakthrough in stunning fashion when Mayor teed up Hurst and the midfielder blasted a 30 yard shot in to the roof of the net.
Rotherham responded well though and, two minutes from time, Mullins fired home at the back post after a goal mouth scramble inside the six yard box to ensure the visitors picked up a share of the spoils to frustrate Southend.
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