Southend United 0, Hull City 2

Echo: Captain Ryan Leonard in action for Southend United Captain Ryan Leonard in action for Southend United

SOUTHEND United sunk to a 2-0 defeat against Hull City in the fourth round of the FA Cup at Roots Hall this afternoon – despite producing a spirited performance against the Tigers.

The Shrimpers were level with the Premier League visitors for more than an hour and came close to opening the scoring when Michael Timlin slammed a long range shot against the crossbar.

But a second half brace from striker Matty Fryatt meant Hull made it through to the fifth round of the competition.

Steve Bruce’s side were made to work for the win though and, with 25 minutes on the clock, Southend almost took the lead when Barry Corr’s near post header from Ryan Leonard’s right wing throw was tipped over the crossbar by Steve Harper.

Hull soon hit back and wasted a great chance to score just nine minutes later when George Boyd broke free down the left hand side before rolling the ball in to the path of the on-rushing Danny Graham.

But, with just Blues goalkeeper Daniel Bentley left to beat, Graham saw his shot blocked by the legs of the young custodian.

That ensured the game remained goalless at the break but, five minutes in to the second half, the Shrimpers came close to taking the lead as a screaming long range shot from Michael Timlin bounced back off the underside of the crossbar.

Having survived the scare, Hull soon replied with Graham having a well struck 16 yard shot smartly smothered by Bentley and, on the hour mark, the keeper impressively kept out a deflected effort from David Meyler.

However, with 62 minutes on the clock, the Tigers finally made the breakthrough as Fryatt pounced inside the penalty area to drill a low, left footed shot in to the bottom right hand corner of the net from 12 yards.

Blues attempted to get back in to the game with a couple of substitutions which saw Cauley Woodrow come on for Timlin and Jack Payne for Anthony Straker.

But it was still the visitors who threatened next with one of their own replacements, Robbie Brady, having a long range shot kept out by Bentley low down to his left hand side.

And, deep in to stoppage time, the Tigers made sure of their win when Fryatt worked his way past Luke Prosser before firing home from a narrow angle.

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5:52pm Sat 25 Jan 14

gary 51 says...

No shame Blues, you were the better side all afternoon Hull had two chances and took them lesson learnt hopefully.
Move on and get a win at Dagenham on Tuesday.
No shame Blues, you were the better side all afternoon Hull had two chances and took them lesson learnt hopefully. Move on and get a win at Dagenham on Tuesday. gary 51
  • Score: 5

6:06pm Sat 25 Jan 14

TheEssexWay says...

Valiant effort Blues but unfortunately they showed Hull too much respect, a couple of times they should have taken on the last defender and had a shot instead of keep passing it about the area. But still no disgrace only losing by 2 and hard luck Timlin, you deserved a goal from that superb shot. What I found quite bizzare though was the substitution when Brown took Straker off and brought on Payne, when Straker was having an ok game? Weird!

Still, back to the league now, promotion is in sight!
Valiant effort Blues but unfortunately they showed Hull too much respect, a couple of times they should have taken on the last defender and had a shot instead of keep passing it about the area. But still no disgrace only losing by 2 and hard luck Timlin, you deserved a goal from that superb shot. What I found quite bizzare though was the substitution when Brown took Straker off and brought on Payne, when Straker was having an ok game? Weird! Still, back to the league now, promotion is in sight! TheEssexWay
  • Score: 3

6:46pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Sam Carpenter says...

TheEssexWay wrote:
Valiant effort Blues but unfortunately they showed Hull too much respect, a couple of times they should have taken on the last defender and had a shot instead of keep passing it about the area. But still no disgrace only losing by 2 and hard luck Timlin, you deserved a goal from that superb shot. What I found quite bizzare though was the substitution when Brown took Straker off and brought on Payne, when Straker was having an ok game? Weird!

Still, back to the league now, promotion is in sight!
Not sure where you were sitting, obviously, but from the West Stand it was obvious that as good as Straker had been for an hour he was absolutely shattered by the time he went off. It looked like it was a massive effort for him to walk, let alone run.

I thought it was an excellent performance all round. Every bit as good as against Chesterfield last week, it's just that Hull are not Chesterfield.

Proud of the way they played today. I think this team will achieve something special this season.
[quote][p][bold]TheEssexWay[/bold] wrote: Valiant effort Blues but unfortunately they showed Hull too much respect, a couple of times they should have taken on the last defender and had a shot instead of keep passing it about the area. But still no disgrace only losing by 2 and hard luck Timlin, you deserved a goal from that superb shot. What I found quite bizzare though was the substitution when Brown took Straker off and brought on Payne, when Straker was having an ok game? Weird! Still, back to the league now, promotion is in sight![/p][/quote]Not sure where you were sitting, obviously, but from the West Stand it was obvious that as good as Straker had been for an hour he was absolutely shattered by the time he went off. It looked like it was a massive effort for him to walk, let alone run. I thought it was an excellent performance all round. Every bit as good as against Chesterfield last week, it's just that Hull are not Chesterfield. Proud of the way they played today. I think this team will achieve something special this season. Sam Carpenter
  • Score: 4

6:42am Sun 26 Jan 14

SARFENDMAN says...

A great fighting performance by the Blues and what an improvement in the team since last season. They look a well organised and always looking to give 100% BUT the difference yesterday was in finishing and that is simply down lack of high quality strikers. They cost serious money and hence in short supply in the lower leagues.
If they continue to play like this they certainly will be in the mix for an automatic promotion spot or at worst a play off position.
A great fighting performance by the Blues and what an improvement in the team since last season. They look a well organised and always looking to give 100% BUT the difference yesterday was in finishing and that is simply down lack of high quality strikers. They cost serious money and hence in short supply in the lower leagues. If they continue to play like this they certainly will be in the mix for an automatic promotion spot or at worst a play off position. SARFENDMAN
  • Score: 2

12:11pm Sun 26 Jan 14

southend loser says...

hull obviously are a premiership team,even with a feww changes they will still have the quality of reserve players to fill in.
A fantastic effort but alas not the result we all wanted.
considering the constraints on the club I think Brown has done exceptionally well this term.
Southend are still in with a reasonable shout of a playoff place, but do not expect too much at Dagenham this week as they probably need to recharge.
Still it is only January and all of us doomists never expected to have been in this position
hull obviously are a premiership team,even with a feww changes they will still have the quality of reserve players to fill in. A fantastic effort but alas not the result we all wanted. considering the constraints on the club I think Brown has done exceptionally well this term. Southend are still in with a reasonable shout of a playoff place, but do not expect too much at Dagenham this week as they probably need to recharge. Still it is only January and all of us doomists never expected to have been in this position southend loser
  • Score: 1

1:45pm Sun 26 Jan 14

TheEssexWay says...

Fair comment Sam, I was in the east stand blue seats near the north bank, although I am normally in the east stand black at the other end, so didn't notice Straker was tired, but still, why Payne against premiership opposition? He gets knocked off the ball every time, probably due to his size and runs around looking busy, but actually doing nothing, whenever I've seen him! Why didn't Brown bring on Eastwood instead of Payne earlier and left Corr on? Anyway, just my opinion, I'm sure we are all together here, let's hope we get a result at Dagenham, although they drew against 3-3 Scunthorpe I don't expect an easy game at all.
Fair comment Sam, I was in the east stand blue seats near the north bank, although I am normally in the east stand black at the other end, so didn't notice Straker was tired, but still, why Payne against premiership opposition? He gets knocked off the ball every time, probably due to his size and runs around looking busy, but actually doing nothing, whenever I've seen him! Why didn't Brown bring on Eastwood instead of Payne earlier and left Corr on? Anyway, just my opinion, I'm sure we are all together here, let's hope we get a result at Dagenham, although they drew against 3-3 Scunthorpe I don't expect an easy game at all. TheEssexWay
  • Score: 1
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