Southend United's Barry Corr: Win against Millwall the most eventful match of my career

Barry Corr celebrates his goal against Millwall

Barry Corr celebrates his goal against Millwall

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BARRY Corr labelled Southend United’s unexpected 4-1 win against Millwall as the most eventful match of his entire career.

The Irishman opened the scoring in the Shrimpers’ unexpected FA Cup third round success at Roots Hall on Saturday.

But his close range header was just the start of the drama as the game was later held up by a 15 minute floodlight failure before visiting striker Jermaine Easter was sent off on the stroke of half-time.

And the high number of incidents made it a match to remember for Corr.

“I would have to say that’s definitely the most eventful game I think I’ve ever been involved in,” said Corr.

“With five goals, a red card, a floodlight failure, the wet weather and a League Two team beating a Championship side I think it had a bit of everything.

“There was a very lively match I played in for Sheffield Wednesday at Millwall once but this was even more eventful than that and we’re all delighted to have won.”

Corr was also pleased to have got back on the score-sheet to continue his fine scoring run in the FA Cup.

The 28-year-old, who had gone seven games without a goal, headed home John White’s right wing cross to make it nine goals in his last 12 appearances in the competition.

And he was thrilled to see the ball hit the back of the net.

“It was a huge relief to score again and I’m not sure what it is about this competition,” said Corr.

“My dad is a huge fan of the FA Cup so that might have something to do with it and he came over from Ireland just to see the game so that also made it nice to get a goal and a good result.”

But Corr was also concerned that his goal might be wiped out when Roots Hall was plunged in to darkness midway through the first half.

“When the floodlights went off I feared the worst and thought my goal might end up not even counting,” said the forward.

“We were also in a great position to get a win so it was a big relief when the lights came back on and hopefully we can go on from here now and I can get a few more goals as well.”

However, Corr’s return to the score-sheet was also slightly controversial after the forward was involved in an early clash with Millwall’s Jack Smith.

The Lions defender was forced to play the remainder of the match with his head bandaged and the visitors claimed he was elbowed by Corr.

But the striker denied those suggestions.

“There was nothing in it at all and it was just an accident,” said Corr.

“The Millwall players wanted to get me booked or sent off but I was with Jack at Swindon and he’s a good lad so there’s no way I would hurt him on purpose.”

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