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Southend United 1, Morecambe 3 - LIVE
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Morecambe boss Jim Bentley: “I was very pleased with the win because Southend is a hard place to come, especially with players like Freddy Eastwood and Ryan Leonard playing very well.
“I wasn’t happy with our first half performance and we had some very harsh words at half time which is the first time we have had to do it this season.
“But they responded superbly with two quick fire goals.
“It was great to see and I’m delighted for Jack Sampson for scoring his first career goal because he has been unlucky this year in front of goal.”
Phil Brown: "Too many players had an off day and when that's the case you don't deserve to get anything from the game. I'm very disappointed."
Match report now online, here.
It's been a very disappointing second half here for the Shrimpers. Ben Coker and Mark Phillips seem to be struggling with injuries too.
Attendance: 6, 080 with 64 from Morecambe
Morecambe sub Robbie Threlfall sent off for a poor tackle on Anthony Straker.
Double change for Blues, Barry Corr on for Cauley Woodrow and Will Atkinson for Michael Timlin.
Great save from Barry Roche as he dives low down to his left hand side to keep out Cauley Woodrow's header from Ben Coker's right wing corner.
It's 3-1 now. Former Blues loanee Jack Sampson fires a deflected 25 yard shot in to the top left hand corner of the net.
Morecambe almost make it 3-1 as Tony Diagne heads a right wing corner against the crossbar.
The goal came just 17 seconds in to the second half when Padraig Amond went through on goal after a mistake from Luke Prosser. His effort was well saved by Daniel Bentley but the rebound fell to Andrew Fleming who scored from 16 yards.
Blues 1, Morecambe 2 (Fleming)
Second half is underway
Blues 1, Morecambe 1
Michael Timlin booked for pulling on the shorts of Kevin Ellison.
Kevan Hurst looks very lively on the right flank, but Anthony Straker has struggled on the other wing so far.
Blues failed to clear the ball on the edge of the area and Andrew Fleming guided a left footed shot in to the bottom left hand corner.
Blues 1, Morecambe 1 (Fleming).
Luke Prosser meets Kevan Hurst's driven right wing corner but sends his header inches over.
Ben Coker's right wing came to Kevan Hurst at the far post after Michael Timlin appeared to be clattered inside the area. Referee Charles Breakspear waved play on, enabling Hurst to cut inside and sent a low, left footed shot in to the bottom right hand corner.
Blues 1, Morecambe 0 - Kevan Hurst on target.
Not been the best of games so far to be honest.
A dangerous left wing cross from Morecambe left-back Tony Diagne takes a deflection and fizzes across the six yard box.
Not much gone on since Eastwood's early chance. Still 0-0 with 19 minutes on the clock.
So close for Blues as John White's right wing cross is headed against the left post by Freddy Eastwood.
Someone with a fans' ticket just managed to work their way in to the directors box.
Then made schoolboy error by sitting in Ron's seat!
The game is underway here at Roots Hall.
Morecambe: Roche, Kenyon, Hughes, Diagne, Wright, Sampson, Ellison, Drummond, Fleming, Parrish, Amond.
Subs: Arestidou, Threlfall, Williams, Marshall, McGee, Mwasile & Doyle.
BLUES boss Phil Brown has made four changes to his starting line-up for this afternoon’s clash against Morecambe at Roots Hall.
Mark Phillips has returned at the heart of the back four after recovering from a groin injury and comes in for Adam Thompson who is away with Northern Ireland’s under 21 team.
In midfield, Kevan Hurst and Michael Timlin have both been handed their first starts of the season after recovering from injuries, meaning both Will Atkinson and Conor Clifford drop down to the bench.
Barry Corr has also been selected among the substitutes with the on loan Cauley Woodrow being handed his debut in attack alongside the in-form Freddy Eastwood.
Blues: Bentley, White, Phillips, Prosser, Coker, Hurst, Leonard, Timlin, Straker, Woodrow, Eastwood
Subs: Smith, Reid, Corr, Atkinson, Clifford, Payne & Auger
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