Southend United 4, Millwall 1

Southend United's fans shine their mobile phones towards the pitch after the floodlights went out at Roots Hall

Southend United's fans shine their mobile phones towards the pitch after the floodlights went out at Roots Hall

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SOUTHEND United stunned Championship club Millwall with a shock 4-1 win in an incredibly eventful FA Cup third round clash at Roots Hall this afternoon.

Goals from Barry Corr, Will Atkinson, Michael Timlin and Ryan Leonard saw the Shrimpers surge through to the next stage of the competition.

But Phil Brown’s side were forced to survive an anxious 15 minute long floodlight failure midway through the first half.

Millwall, who had former Blues striker Neil Harris in charge of their side, could have no complaints about the unexpected defeat.

And they contributed to their own downfall by having striker Jermain Easter sent off just before the break after appearing to stamp on Ben Coker.

That frustrated the Lions and so did a controversial incident after just two minutes when their defender Jack Smith fell to the floor after a clash with Corr.

The Lions felt Smith was elbowed by the Irishman but referee James Adcock opted not to punish the forward.

Smith was able to carry on with his bandaged up and, with nine minutes on the clock, the Shrimpers almost handed the visitors another further blow as they came extremely close to taking the lead.

Anthony Straker saw his initial effort saved by the legs of David Forde before Timlin’s follow up effort was blocked in front of goal by Smith.

But his clearance looped up invitingly for the recalled Corr and his close range header was diverted to safety by Danny Shittu.

Corr was not to be denied for long though and, with 22 minutes on the clock, he put the Shrimpers in front with his first goal in eight games as he climbed high to head a right wing cross from John White in to the bottom left hand corner of the North Bank net.

The effort was Corr’s ninth goal in his last 12 FA Cup games and, just moments later, Atkinson almost doubled Blues’ lead when his header from Ben Coker’s left wing cross was tipped around the left post by Forde.

However, with 27 minutes on the clock the game was called to a halt when the floodlights failed.

Both teams left the pitch for a quarter of an hour before the lights eventually came back on.

But the drama did not stop there as Millwall were then reduced to 10 men in the 44th minute when Easter was dismissed for appearing to stamp on Ben Coker.

The Shrimpers immediately made the most of their extra man when Timlin sent Atkinson running clean through on goal and he kept his composure to chip the advancing Forde from close range.

Blues then extended their lead 12 minutes in to the second half, with Timlin on target for the first time since scoring at Plymouth Argyle in February 2012.

The hard-working midfielder lashed on to a loose ball on the edge of the penalty area and drilled home a low, right footed shot.

Seven minutes later, Millwall got back in to the game with substitute Martyn Woolford neatly controlling a right wing cross from Steve Morison before volleying home from 12 yards.

The Shrimpers hit back and soon came close to extending their lead when Ryan Leonard latched on to a poor defensive clearance and unleashed a stunning 50 yard shot which Forde only just managed to tip over the crossbar.

After that and, with 69 minutes on the clock, Blues made their first change of the game with Marc Laird coming on to replace Conor Clifford.

Freddy Eastwood and Mark Phillips then also entered the action before the Shrimpers wrapped up their win in stoppage time as Leonard charged through before slamming a 16 yard shot in to the top left hand corner of the net.

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6:08pm Sat 4 Jan 14

gary 51 says...

Well done Blues, fantastic performance once again in terrible conditions, from the off there was only one team in it and congratulations to all associated with SUFC.
Nicky Bailey, Neil Harris.....shame nobody likes to see that hee, hee, hee
Well done Blues, fantastic performance once again in terrible conditions, from the off there was only one team in it and congratulations to all associated with SUFC. Nicky Bailey, Neil Harris.....shame nobody likes to see that hee, hee, hee gary 51
  • Score: 2

6:35pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Shoebury diehard says...

What did I say, 'One Goal Wonders', well they stuffed that comment down my throat well and truly. Well done The Blues you all played like I havn't seen for a long time. I eat my words with pleasure.
What did I say, 'One Goal Wonders', well they stuffed that comment down my throat well and truly. Well done The Blues you all played like I havn't seen for a long time. I eat my words with pleasure. Shoebury diehard
  • Score: 5

7:00pm Sat 4 Jan 14

InTheKnowOk says...

Great result !!
Great result !! InTheKnowOk
  • Score: 2

7:36pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Southend Andy says...

Great all round performance from the Shrimpers, what made it even better was I had a bet on 4-1 to Southend just £1 but at 100/1.
Great all round performance from the Shrimpers, what made it even better was I had a bet on 4-1 to Southend just £1 but at 100/1. Southend Andy
  • Score: 2

8:14pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Nazzarooney says...

Best game of the season so far.
Great performance. The whole team showed great commitment and composure in front of goal. It could of been 5 or 6.
Was concerned about Ron Martin not paying the electric bill.

A nice prem team at home would be great in the 4th round.

Oh and finally Nicky Bailey looked like a right fat knacker!
Best game of the season so far. Great performance. The whole team showed great commitment and composure in front of goal. It could of been 5 or 6. Was concerned about Ron Martin not paying the electric bill. A nice prem team at home would be great in the 4th round. Oh and finally Nicky Bailey looked like a right fat knacker! Nazzarooney
  • Score: 2

8:38am Sun 5 Jan 14

OldFairfaxian says...

Shoebury diehard wrote:
What did I say, 'One Goal Wonders', well they stuffed that comment down my throat well and truly. Well done The Blues you all played like I havn't seen for a long time. I eat my words with pleasure.
That's nice. Well said Shoebury Diehard.
[quote][p][bold]Shoebury diehard[/bold] wrote: What did I say, 'One Goal Wonders', well they stuffed that comment down my throat well and truly. Well done The Blues you all played like I havn't seen for a long time. I eat my words with pleasure.[/p][/quote]That's nice. Well said Shoebury Diehard. OldFairfaxian
  • Score: 2

10:19am Sun 5 Jan 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Pure fluke, wont go anywhere
Pure fluke, wont go anywhere Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: -9

12:16pm Sun 5 Jan 14

southend loser says...

Thankyou
Thankyou southend loser
  • Score: 0

3:50pm Sun 5 Jan 14

OldFairfaxian says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Pure fluke, wont go anywhere
A Millwall fan I presume. Enjoy League 1 football next season,
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Pure fluke, wont go anywhere[/p][/quote]A Millwall fan I presume. Enjoy League 1 football next season, OldFairfaxian
  • Score: 4

3:50pm Sun 5 Jan 14

OldFairfaxian says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Pure fluke, wont go anywhere
A Millwall fan I presume. Enjoy League 1 football next season,
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Pure fluke, wont go anywhere[/p][/quote]A Millwall fan I presume. Enjoy League 1 football next season, OldFairfaxian
  • Score: 0

6:54am Mon 6 Jan 14

tophat27dt says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Pure fluke, wont go anywhere
I assume you were not actually watching the match.
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Pure fluke, wont go anywhere[/p][/quote]I assume you were not actually watching the match. tophat27dt
  • Score: 0

3:58pm Mon 6 Jan 14

TheEssexWay says...

Looks like you got your wish Nazzarooney! Hull City (Tigers or whatever?) should be a very good game and I don't see why we can't win it if current form is anything to go by? Two great performances on the trot, at home as well, let's hope we have beaten the home hoodoo? The players are playing with confidence, playing together as a team and appear to be bonding. I noticed during Saturday's game that when a player had the ball there were others getting into positions to give options to pass to and the ball was being played to feet, which was difficult in those conditions. The players are also looking a lot fitter lately and are motivated which is good to see. keep it up Blues!
Looks like you got your wish Nazzarooney! Hull City (Tigers or whatever?) should be a very good game and I don't see why we can't win it if current form is anything to go by? Two great performances on the trot, at home as well, let's hope we have beaten the home hoodoo? The players are playing with confidence, playing together as a team and appear to be bonding. I noticed during Saturday's game that when a player had the ball there were others getting into positions to give options to pass to and the ball was being played to feet, which was difficult in those conditions. The players are also looking a lot fitter lately and are motivated which is good to see. keep it up Blues! TheEssexWay
  • Score: 1
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