Southend United 0, Newport County 0

Will Atkinson - hit the post for Southend United in the first half

Will Atkinson - hit the post for Southend United in the first half

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SOUTHEND United were held to their first goalless draw of the season after an uneventful game with Newport County at Roots Hall tonight.

The Shrimpers held the better of the play in the tricky conditions in the first half and visiting goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley made a trio of fine saves.

But County came more in to the match after the break and would have claimed all three points as wing-back Robbie Wilmot failed to convert a penalty.

After a quiet start to the game, Blues came close to opening the scoring in the 31st minutes when a fantastic right wing cross from Kevan Hurst picked out Will Atkinson but his close range header was pushed on to the right post by visiting goalkeeper Pidgeley.

Moments later, the County custodian then also did well to push Barry Corr’s effort, from a narrow angle, wide of the same upright for a corner before he impressively tipped a deflected Lee Barnard header past the opposite post.

That ensured the first half ended goalless and, in a bid to make a breakthrough, Blues made their first change of the night during the break as Anthony Straker came on for Barry Corr.

But, with 52 minutes on the clock, Newport wasted a golden chance to score when referee James Linington pointed to the penalty spot after Mark Phillips had hauled down Ryan Burge inside the area.

However, Willmot could only send his effort embarrassingly high and wide of the North Bank net.

Newport continued to enjoy more of the ball after the wasted opportunity and that prompted the Shrimpers in to making a second change on the hour mark as Freddy Eastwood replaced Barnard in attack.

And, in the 66th minute, the Shrimpers almost went in front when a 25 yard shot from Michael Timlin skimmed just inches wide of the right post.

But that proved to be the final excitement of the game as neither side were unable to make a late breakthrough.

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10:24pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Colin C White says...

Just watched a Newport team who came not to lose, the most irritating outfit I have had the misfortune to watch in years, spoliers. time wasters from the start and got what they came for. We did not have the guile or legs on a heavy pitch to get that first goal even though we spent 40 of the first 45 minutes in their half. Did not help that we had a spineless referee who let then get away with every gamesmanship trick in the book. Freddy Eastwood made a big difference in the 2nd half making chances and using his strength against some physical pullers and pushers.
Just watched a Newport team who came not to lose, the most irritating outfit I have had the misfortune to watch in years, spoliers. time wasters from the start and got what they came for. We did not have the guile or legs on a heavy pitch to get that first goal even though we spent 40 of the first 45 minutes in their half. Did not help that we had a spineless referee who let then get away with every gamesmanship trick in the book. Freddy Eastwood made a big difference in the 2nd half making chances and using his strength against some physical pullers and pushers. Colin C White
  • Score: 3

11:22pm Fri 31 Jan 14

gary 51 says...

Alas same problem as Tuesday at Dagenham, good build up play but poor in the final third, we need - might be to late now but a 'fox in the box' and a midfield player who can create telling passes.
I am afraid the likes of Corr, Eastwood and Barnard are not the goal getter's we crave, hope it is not our Achilles heel which costs us a place in the promotion shake up?
Alas same problem as Tuesday at Dagenham, good build up play but poor in the final third, we need - might be to late now but a 'fox in the box' and a midfield player who can create telling passes. I am afraid the likes of Corr, Eastwood and Barnard are not the goal getter's we crave, hope it is not our Achilles heel which costs us a place in the promotion shake up? gary 51
  • Score: 0

7:45am Sat 1 Feb 14

Southend Andy says...

Newport must have been the worst team i have seen this season, as for the ref my god he was poor.
Newport must have been the worst team i have seen this season, as for the ref my god he was poor. Southend Andy
  • Score: -1

8:09am Sat 1 Feb 14

orsettblue says...

just the pay-offs now..... good unbeaten run though
just the pay-offs now..... good unbeaten run though orsettblue
  • Score: -1

7:26pm Sat 1 Feb 14

smudge65 says...

Agree with the comments above. Many teams will be happy to come away with a point from Roots Hall and thats exactly what Newport came for and got. They were poor and the ref shocking.
I thought we looked leggy.....3 big matches in a week and virtually no room for rotation in the squad to rest players,,,,,,how much longer can some of those players put in that amount of effort match after match? It will catch up on them.
Also, the pitch could be our downfall. I know it's the same for both teams but we have been playing good passing football but now it's a pudding in the middle and it's dictating to some extent the way we play....we don't want hoofball so we have to get it out wide as much as possible as thats where the surface is best. It was only re-laid in the summer which is disappointing. Results went our way today so we're still in there fighting...come on you Blues!
Agree with the comments above. Many teams will be happy to come away with a point from Roots Hall and thats exactly what Newport came for and got. They were poor and the ref shocking. I thought we looked leggy.....3 big matches in a week and virtually no room for rotation in the squad to rest players,,,,,,how much longer can some of those players put in that amount of effort match after match? It will catch up on them. Also, the pitch could be our downfall. I know it's the same for both teams but we have been playing good passing football but now it's a pudding in the middle and it's dictating to some extent the way we play....we don't want hoofball so we have to get it out wide as much as possible as thats where the surface is best. It was only re-laid in the summer which is disappointing. Results went our way today so we're still in there fighting...come on you Blues! smudge65
  • Score: -1

5:25pm Sun 2 Feb 14

southend loser says...

Not a bad week overall, as stated above tired team still managed a draw.
How many times before have we seen them slump in a situation like this.
Play offs then a Wembley bash looks a possibility.
Keep on truckin' Sothend
Not a bad week overall, as stated above tired team still managed a draw. How many times before have we seen them slump in a situation like this. Play offs then a Wembley bash looks a possibility. Keep on truckin' Sothend southend loser
  • Score: 0

6:18pm Sun 2 Feb 14

DDDog1 says...

Southend Andy wrote:
Newport must have been the worst team i have seen this season, as for the ref my god he was poor.
Ha ha is that the same Newport team who's taken 4 points of you this season,sour grapes me thinks.
[quote][p][bold]Southend Andy[/bold] wrote: Newport must have been the worst team i have seen this season, as for the ref my god he was poor.[/p][/quote]Ha ha is that the same Newport team who's taken 4 points of you this season,sour grapes me thinks. DDDog1
  • Score: 2
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