Southend 2, Portsmouth 1, LIVE

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6:51pm

Thanks for following the action live here this afternoon. The full report and more reaction will be in tomorrow's Echo.

6:50pm

Richie Barker, Portsmouth manager: "When your luck is out your luck is out and we saw that here because we should’ve been out of sight by half time.

“Going forward it’s the best we’ve played since I’ve been at the club in terms of creating chances.

“Their goalkeeper has had to make four or five very good saves whereas our goalkeeper hasn’t but Southend took the chances that their came their way and that was the difference in the end.

“We’re struggling for numbers at the moment though and that’s something which we must address during the January transfer window.

“We had five or six teenagers in our squad at that tells you where we are the moment.”

6:48pm

Phil Brown, Southend United manager: "I made the decision to sacrifice Anthony quite early on in the game but it certainly wasn’t a reflection on his performance it was just down to tactics.

“Portsmouth had four centre-backs out there along with Ryan Bird on the wing who is a big lad as well so I thought that we needed more height in our team, along with a change of formation and that’s why I brought Barry on.

“I could’ve taken any of the lads off to be honest but I went for Anthony in the end.

“He’s been outstanding for us this season though and I’m sure he will be again in the matches we have coming up.”

6:08pm

Reaction to follow from today's game. Just working on reports for tomorrow's paper.

4:54pm

Blues 2, Portsmouth 1

4:52pm

Ryan Leonard slammed a stunning 25 yard shot in to the bottom left hand corner of the net.

4:51pm

Blues 2, Portsmouth 1. Leonard

4:50pm

Four minutes to be added on.

4:42pm

Conor Clifford on for Will Atkinson

4:40pm

Conor Clifford about to come on.

4:38pm

Jed Wallace curls a 25 yard shot against the top of the crossbar.

4:35pm

15 minutes to go and still 1-1

4:26pm

Freddy Eastwood on for Cauley Woodrow

4:26pm

Freddy Eastwood could be about to come on.

4:20pm

Reached the hour mark here at Roots Hall and it's still 1-1.

4:18pm

Barry Corr sends a 20 yard snap shot straight at Trevor Carson.

4:07pm

Barry Corr heads John White's right wing cross wide of the right post

4:05pm

The second half is underway

3:50pm

Blues 1, Portsmouth 1

3:48pm

Thery Racon has a well struck 25 yard shot tipped wide of the left post by Bentley.

3:47pm

Ryan Leonard beat two men and then unleashed a 25 yard shot which seemed to get a deflection on its way in.

3:46pm

Blues 1, Portsmouth 1. Leonard

3:43pm

Cauley Woodrow sends a curling 20 yard shot straight at Trevor Carson.

3:41pm

Anthony Corr comes on for Anthony Straker, who doesn't look injured as he comes off.

3:40pm

Barry Corr about to come on for Southend.

3:39pm

Sonny Bradley fires over from eight yards following a flick from David Connolly.

3:38pm

Jed Wallace has shot tipped wide of the right post by Daniel Bentley, good save.

3:32pm

On the balance of play I think Portsmouth deserve that

3:31pm

Ashley Harris' right wing corner picks out Sonny Bradley who sent a side footed finish in to the back of the net.

3:30pm

Blues 0, Portsmouth 1

3:30pm

Daniel Bentley been excellent too.

3:28pm

Portsmouth been on top so far. Ryan Leonard been Blues' best player.

3:23pm

David Connolly booked for a foul on Mark Phillips

3:22pm

Bondz N'Gala has a close range header well saved by Daniel Bentley.

3:21pm

Enforced change for Portsmouth as Holmes comes off and is replaced by Ashley Harris.

3:21pm

Jed Wallace has a low shot tipped wide of the left post by Daniel Bentley

3:19pm

Ryan Leonard charges forward following a Portsmouth corner and has a left footed shot parried out by Trevor Carson. Great run from the midfielder.

3:18pm

Luke Prosser and Ricky Holmes both receive treatment after a clash of heads but are OK to continue.

3:17pm

Ricky Holmes sees his 12 yard header superbly tipped around the left post by Daniel Bentley.

3:13pm

Marcus Painter free kick tipped over the bar by Daniel Bentley

3:11pm

10 minutes and still 0-0. Quiet start to the game.

3:09pm

Blues hit back with Michael Timlin shooting wide of the right post from 25 yards.

3:03pm

Ricky Holmes shoots straight at Blues' goalkeeper Daniel Bentley from 25 yards.

3:01pm

The game is underway

2:56pm

So is former Blues captain Chris Barker

2:54pm

Newport boss Justin Edinburgh in the directors box today.

2:22pm

Portsmouth: Carson, N'Gala, Devera, Bradley, Connolly, Holmes, Painter, Bird, Racon, Wallace, Whatmough

Subs: Padovani, Ertl, Agyemang, Harris, Sullivan, Maloney & Awford

2:20pm

Southend unchanged for this afternoon's game.

Blues: Bentley, White, Phillips, Prosser, Coker, Leonard, Atkinson, Timlin, Hurst, Woodrow, Straker

Subs: Smith, Laird, Eastwood, Corr, Clifford, Payne & Thompson

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