Southend United 0 Bury 0, FULL TIME

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7:19pm

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7:17pm

Bury boss David Flitcroft: “It was a very scrappy game but we dug in and our defence were very resilient today which I'm proud about.

“There was a spell in the first half that I was really pleased with, we pressed Southend and we looked a threat going forward.

Flitcroft also decided to change goalkeepers at the break with Reice Charles-Cook coming on for Brian Jensen.

And the Shakers chief felt it was the correct decision

“Brian kept giving away possession with his kicks and it frustrated me as I like to keep the ball so I brought the young lad on to make his debut,” added Flitcroft.

7:16pm

Southend United manager Phil Brown: "We’ve had 14 clean sheets now this season and with a record like that we should be top of the league not down in seventh.

“Our midfield is our strongest area and I think we just need to sort things out in the final third now.

“We’re lacking that bit of quality there at the moment and we gave Freddy Eastwood a go up there today.

“If I was him I would be frustrated by the service I got but, at the same time, the Freddy of old would’ve taken the chances that came his way out there.

“I think we’ve know Barry is the only striker we have who is capable of playing the number nine role but he’s suspended now and I think it’s likely we look at bringing in someone on loan.

“It’s another frustrating day though and it’s crazy we’re still in the play-offs.”

“I spoke to the linesman and he said he thought Barry had head-butted their lad.

“I’m not sure if it was captured on camera but I’ll certainly be reviewing it and seeing what actually happened.”

4:52pm

Four minutes of injury time to be played

4:48pm

Barry Corr had been tangling with Frederic Veseli as the players walked from penalty area to half way line before the defender just sat down. The linesman then flagged, called the referee over and he sent off the striker.

4:43pm

The red card came after Barry Corr clashed with Frederic Veseli

4:42pm

Barry Corr has been sent off

4:41pm

John Egan booked for a foul

4:41pm

10 minutes to go and it's still 0-0

4:35pm

Lee Barnard comes on for Anthony Straker

4:34pm

My guess would be Marc Laird or Straker going off. But I'll probably be wrong!

4:32pm

Lee Barnard looks like he is about to come on

4:31pm

20 minutes to go and it's still 0-0.

4:25pm

Ryan Leonard booked for a foul on Jean Louis Akpa-Akpro

4:20pm

Attendance: 5, 680 with 181 from Bury

4:18pm

Bury also make a change with Clive Platt coming on for Ashley Grimes

4:18pm

Blues make a double change. Barry Corr on for Freddy Eastwood and Will Atkinson on for Conor Clifford.

4:17pm

I know I'll get shot down by some of you for saying this but Freddy Eastwood has been quite poor today.

4:17pm

Best chance of the game so far. Anthony Straker tees up Freddy Eastwood who turns and fires over from eight yards.

4:13pm

Pablo Mills booked for a foul on Ryan Leonard

4:11pm

My match report is currently four lines long!

4:07pm

This is Reice Charles-Cook's debut for Bury. Bury reporters don't think Brian Jensen was injured.

4:06pm

The second half is underway

4:05pm

Bury change goalkeepers at half-time with Reice Charles-Cook coming on for Brian Jensen.

4:04pm

Teams are out for the second half.

3:58pm

Those stats say it all really

3:57pm

Blues shots on target: 0, Corners 1. Bury shots on target: 0, Corners 1.

3:56pm

Fancy Barry Corr to score the winner.

3:49pm

Blues 0, Bury 0

3:46pm

Chris Hussey booked for handball

3:40pm

Neither goalkeeper has had a save to make yet.

3:37pm

Blues not keeping the ball well enough in the final third at the moment. Keep giving it away.

3:35pm

Kevan Hurst shoots wide of the right post from 20 yards

3:34pm

Great cross from Anthony Straker flies across the face of goal but no Blues player is there to fire it home.

3:26pm

Tuttes breaks the offside trap and his right wing cross is parried away by Daniel Bentley. Danny Mayor's shot was then blocked by Marc Laird.

3:17pm

Phil Brown seems very fired up on the sidelines. Contesting a number of decisions.

3:16pm

Ryan Leonard charges forward and shoots over the crossbar from 25 yards

3:12pm

10 minutes in and it's still 0-0. Not many chances so far.

3:02pm

The game is underway. Come on you Blues!

3:02pm

Big day for Jakub Sokolik too as he makes his Blues debut in defence. No Mark Phillips in the squad.

3:01pm

We all want Freddy to do well. But does he still have it? We'll find out more today.

3:01pm

This is Freddy Eastwood's first start since Bristol Rovers at home in September. He had been on bench for the last 20 games. Big chance for him now.

3:01pm

Quite confident Blues will win today. Are you?

3:00pm

Bury: Bury: Jensen, McNulty, Grimes, Hussey, Sedgwick, Mayor, Tutte, Akpa-Akpro, Soares, Veseli, Mills

Subs: Hinds, Young, Platt, Carroll, Burke, Charles-Cook & Dudley.

2:53pm

BLUES boss Phil Brown has made three changes to his starting line-up for this afternoon's game against Bury with Freddy Eastwood, Anthony Straker and Jakub Sokolik all being selected.
Eastwood has been handed his first start since September in place of Barry Corr while Liverpool loanee Sokolik will make his debut at the heart of the defence after replacing Mark Phillips.
The final change sees Straker coming in for Will Atkinson who drops down on to the bench where he is joined by the fit again Luke Prosser.


Southend United: Bentley, White, Egan, Sokolik, Coker, Leonard, Laird, Clifford, Hurst, Eastwood, Straker
Substitutes: P Smith, Prosser, Timlin, Corr, Atkinson, Payne & Barnard

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