Southend United 1, Rochdale 1

Echo: Ben Coker charges forward from left-back Ben Coker charges forward from left-back

KEVAN Hurst’s eighth goal of the season secured Southend United a 1-1 draw against Rochdale at Roots Hall tonight.

Dale went in front when Jamie Allen fired home a fine finish.

But his effort was cancelled out on the stroke of half-time by the in-form Hurst.

Rochdale opened the scoring in the 14th minute of the match, with Allen on target.

The young midfielder raced on to the ball after Ian Henderson had seen his shot blocked by a sliding Ben Coker and fired an impressive 16 yard shot in to the top left hand corner of the net, via the underside of the crossbar.

Blues immediately hit back with Will Atkinson shooting straight at visiting goalkeeper Josh Lillis from the edge of the penalty area before defender Luke Prosser somehow stopped Rochdale doubling their lead with a stunning double block on the goal-line.

The Shrimpers defender kept out an initial effort from Scott Hogan and then stood tall to also block Henderson’s shot from the resulting rebound.

Rochdale felt Prosser had handballed the second of his clearances but Blues made the most of the let off by equalising right on the stroke of half-time as Hurst bagged his eighth goal of the season.

The Shrimpers winger impressively cut in off the left hand side of the penalty area and drilled a well struck 16 yard shot in to the back of the North Bank net.

Blues were forced in to making a change at half-time with Mark Phillips coming on for the injured Prosser before Cauley Woodrow also replaced Ryan Leonard in the 56th minute.

Shortly after the striker’s arrival, Rob Kiernan headed over a left wing corner from Hurst but his error at the other end of the field then almost led to Rochdale to regaining the lead as he weak header was followed just wide of the right post by former Blues loanee Matt Lund.

Moments later and, with 72 minutes on the clock, Southend made their final change with Freddy Eastwood coming on to replace Anthony Straker.

And, 10 minutes later, Blues came close to going in front when Michael Timlin’s left wing cross was headed against the top of the crossbar by Corr in the final excitement of the game.

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10:38pm Fri 20 Dec 13

gary 51 says...

One word about tonight's game - RUBBISH
One word about tonight's game - RUBBISH gary 51

6:31am Sat 21 Dec 13

orsettblue says...

It was dreadful.

To me Atkinson, Leonard, Straker (now known as mis-Straker) and Timlin are like-for-like non-entitites, none of them can pass or tackle. I'm excluding Hurst as he does add goals.

White is a hoofer at right back and Coker at left back always looks in a panic. I have never been a fan of Prosser but him and Kiernan now look our best defenders, Prosser's goal-line block last nigh kept us in the game.

Playing one up front is stupid at home, especially when it is Corr who just seems to have 'gone' as a player. He is slow, doesn't hold it up any more and should have scored last night with a looping header.

Some hope that Laird will get back in the middle and Eastwood, despite his injuries is a natural no. 10 who still looks our best bet.

Well done to everyone who turned up , over 5000 with just 78 coming down from Rochdale.

A disappointing pre Christmas game, no ideas, no shape no fun to watch!

Otherwise OK though.
It was dreadful. To me Atkinson, Leonard, Straker (now known as mis-Straker) and Timlin are like-for-like non-entitites, none of them can pass or tackle. I'm excluding Hurst as he does add goals. White is a hoofer at right back and Coker at left back always looks in a panic. I have never been a fan of Prosser but him and Kiernan now look our best defenders, Prosser's goal-line block last nigh kept us in the game. Playing one up front is stupid at home, especially when it is Corr who just seems to have 'gone' as a player. He is slow, doesn't hold it up any more and should have scored last night with a looping header. Some hope that Laird will get back in the middle and Eastwood, despite his injuries is a natural no. 10 who still looks our best bet. Well done to everyone who turned up , over 5000 with just 78 coming down from Rochdale. A disappointing pre Christmas game, no ideas, no shape no fun to watch! Otherwise OK though. orsettblue

4:57pm Sat 21 Dec 13

southend loser says...

I heard there was a mass escape from the turkey farm,now I know where they went!!.
Come on Southend you have good support from good fans, who I would like to wish a great xmas
I heard there was a mass escape from the turkey farm,now I know where they went!!. Come on Southend you have good support from good fans, who I would like to wish a great xmas southend loser

6:36pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Shoebury diehard says...

Is this the second game of the slippery Christmas slope? Blues, you were awful last night. No cohesion, no idea, just a lot of words which were all wind before the game followed by a brainless performance. We know that you can do it. WHY NOT LAST NIGHT?
Is this the second game of the slippery Christmas slope? Blues, you were awful last night. No cohesion, no idea, just a lot of words which were all wind before the game followed by a brainless performance. We know that you can do it. WHY NOT LAST NIGHT? Shoebury diehard

12:31pm Mon 23 Dec 13

chillyfeet says...

Why does he keep playing Straker? He can`t pass,can`t run with the ball,can`t head the ball,he is bloody useless, nearly as bad as Blair Sturrock was,at least he was the bosses son.Straker should be parking cars not trying to play football.
And they want him to stay,I should coco.They should play Payne he is young runs his socks off and tries hard.
Friday night was awful,same old kick and hope,if they all covered as ground as Barry Corr they would be a lot better.
Certainly not good enough for promotion without another Striker who can help Hurst out with Scoring goals.
Why does he keep playing Straker? He can`t pass,can`t run with the ball,can`t head the ball,he is bloody useless, nearly as bad as Blair Sturrock was,at least he was the bosses son.Straker should be parking cars not trying to play football. And they want him to stay,I should coco.They should play Payne he is young runs his socks off and tries hard. Friday night was awful,same old kick and hope,if they all covered as ground as Barry Corr they would be a lot better. Certainly not good enough for promotion without another Striker who can help Hurst out with Scoring goals. chillyfeet

1:21pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Barnet Shrimper says...

The comments after this disappointing game from Manager Brown, makes one query if he was at the same match as I and Chris Phillip's were at .
Most of the supporters previous comments are all too obvious, tactics , what tactics?Poor old Barry......."boot it up to him lads" seems the tactic. No wonder he his floundering having covered almost every blade of grass in the last few dreadful games.
Mid table at best AGAIN , this season will turn out to be correct I am sorry to say.......but Happy New Year to one and all. Cheers.
The comments after this disappointing game from Manager Brown, makes one query if he was at the same match as I and Chris Phillip's were at . Most of the supporters previous comments are all too obvious, tactics , what tactics?Poor old Barry......."boot it up to him lads" seems the tactic. No wonder he his floundering having covered almost every blade of grass in the last few dreadful games. Mid table at best AGAIN , this season will turn out to be correct I am sorry to say.......but Happy New Year to one and all. Cheers. Barnet Shrimper
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