Southend United decide not to appeal Barry Corr's red card against Bury

Echo: Barry Corr trudges off after being shown a red card against Bury Barry Corr trudges off after being shown a red card against Bury

SOUTHEND United will not appeal against the red card striker Barry Corr was shown during Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Bury.

The Irishman was dismissed by referee Lee Collins after being adjudged to have aimed a head-butt towards Shakers defender Frederic Veseli in an off-the-ball incident.

Corr will now miss the Shrimpers’ next three games after the club opted against contesting the decision.

“We’ve decided not to appeal against the decision because there’s insufficient evidence to be able to do that,” confirmed Southend boss Phil Brown.

“We wouldn’t have been able to support an appeal case so unfortunately we’re going to be missing Barry for the next three games now.”

Corr will miss Friday’s game at Bristol Rovers, Mon-day’s clash against Oxford United — which is being screened live on Sky Sports — and the home match with Torquay United the following Saturday.

Without Corr, Blues have Freddy Eastwood and Lee Barnard as their only recognised senior strikers.

But Barnard has not scored in eight games since returning to Roots Hall from Southampton in January, while Eastwood has not netted since October.

Neither of the forwards seemed suited to the lone striker role currently being used by Blues. And Brown could well tinker with the formation or look to bring in another striker on loan.

“Barry is the only striker we can play in the number nine role,” said the Shrimpers chief.

“But him being out will give others a chance to step up and show what they can do now.

"We’re also still working hard to see who else might be available.”

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