Bristol Rovers 0, Southend United 0

Daniel Bentley - kept another clean sheet for Southend United

Daniel Bentley - kept another clean sheet for Southend United

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SOUTHEND United were held to a second successive 0-0 draw at Bristol Rovers tonight.

The Shrimpers endured a goalless stalemate at home to Bury last weekend.

And it was a similar story at the Memorial Stadium this evening as Phil Brown’side failed to win another uneventful encounter.

After a quiet start to the game, Ryan Leonard sent a long range 25 yard shot wide of the left post.

But Leonard then almost netted at the other end of the pitch when John-Joe O’Toole’s well struck shot deflected off the midfielder just six yards from goal, only for Daniel Bentley to react sharply and parry the effort to safety.

At the start of the second half, Michael Timlin had a long range shot tipped wide of the right post by former Blues shot-stopper Steve Mildenhall.

However, after that the game was again short of goal-scoring chances.

That led to Blues boss Phil Brown making his first change of the game in the 69th minute with new loan signing Jamar Loza coming on to replace Freddy Eastwood in attack.

The on loan Norwich City youngster lined up alongside Lee Barnard and, with 74 minutes on the clock, the more experienced Barnard volleyed a right wing cross from Leonard straight at Mildenhall.

With play then switching back to the other end of the field, O’Toole sent a six yard header straight at Bentley before the Shrimpers came even closer to the scoring with Loza nodding a right wing cross from Barnard down in to the ground and over the crossbar from close range.

After the missed opportunity, Anthony Straker replaced Will Atkinson but Blues were unable to conjure up a late winner as their winless streak was extended to 13 matches.

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9:45pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Southend Andy says...

A clean sheet away from home is always positive, don't think sacking Brown is the answer, need to get the forwards firing again.
A clean sheet away from home is always positive, don't think sacking Brown is the answer, need to get the forwards firing again. Southend Andy
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10:01pm Fri 21 Mar 14

My Britain says...

The problem is no ball in the back of the net for Southend ,
The problem is no ball in the back of the net for Southend , My Britain
  • Score: 2

9:43am Sat 22 Mar 14

Shoebury diehard says...

At the start of the year I wondered if we were on the slippery slope. I wish I had been wrong, but now I do think that there is any chance that they will make the play offs, and if they did they would lose again. Too much attention to defence and not enough on attack has been the problem , In my view that has been Phil Brown's big mistake and it will cost us dearly. LG2 again next season, but I will still be there.
Of course the new stadium will make a big difference, Mr Martin!!!
At the start of the year I wondered if we were on the slippery slope. I wish I had been wrong, but now I do think that there is any chance that they will make the play offs, and if they did they would lose again. Too much attention to defence and not enough on attack has been the problem , In my view that has been Phil Brown's big mistake and it will cost us dearly. LG2 again next season, but I will still be there. Of course the new stadium will make a big difference, Mr Martin!!! Shoebury diehard
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10:42am Sat 22 Mar 14

orsettblue says...

Southend involved in an uneventful goal-less draw ? never.

Utter sh**e.

Remind me, who are the selected builders on the new 3-sider? Bodgit & Scarper?
Southend involved in an uneventful goal-less draw ? never. Utter sh**e. Remind me, who are the selected builders on the new 3-sider? Bodgit & Scarper? orsettblue
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4:54pm Sat 22 Mar 14

southend loser says...

Season over dudes ,book your holidays you know like the players have.
Not Browns fault just the turkeys he can only 'afford' to bring in.
Just sit and watch Plymouth and York battle it out for the last play off place
Season over dudes ,book your holidays you know like the players have. Not Browns fault just the turkeys he can only 'afford' to bring in. Just sit and watch Plymouth and York battle it out for the last play off place southend loser
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5:23pm Sat 22 Mar 14

gary 51 says...

Why keep on blaming Ron Martin yes he has many critics and will continue to do so, in his defence he did bring in a high colour tan skinned manager who has managed a 'Premiership' side but is his heart in our club? he gambled on waives and strays this season built up mediocre players like Hurst and Straker but now the chips are down we are no longer a player in promotion race you will see him go off into the sunset and manage perhaps another northern club, is that why we have an assistant manager.
I agree with other fans who have commented, not enough effort went on getting goal scorers, always your best line of defence.
Why keep on blaming Ron Martin yes he has many critics and will continue to do so, in his defence he did bring in a high colour tan skinned manager who has managed a 'Premiership' side but is his heart in our club? he gambled on waives and strays this season built up mediocre players like Hurst and Straker but now the chips are down we are no longer a player in promotion race you will see him go off into the sunset and manage perhaps another northern club, is that why we have an assistant manager. I agree with other fans who have commented, not enough effort went on getting goal scorers, always your best line of defence. gary 51
  • Score: 2

9:42am Sun 23 Mar 14

orsettblue says...

why is it Woodrow started one game for us (with one of the ineffective front lines we have had for years) yet starts for Fulham?

Mr Brown ?
why is it Woodrow started one game for us (with one of the ineffective front lines we have had for years) yet starts for Fulham? Mr Brown ? orsettblue
  • Score: 0

4:32pm Sun 23 Mar 14

My Britain says...

We need to get a striker who can hit the back of the net, not the cross bar!!
We need to get a striker who can hit the back of the net, not the cross bar!! My Britain
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4:34pm Sun 23 Mar 14

My Britain says...

It's not Ron Martin , who is at fault, it's JUST the bloody player!!!
It's not Ron Martin , who is at fault, it's JUST the bloody player!!! My Britain
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5:31pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Barnet Shrimper says...

All said and done..............mi
ddle of Div 2 AGAIN this year as predicted. Bloody shame and a disgrace .................yet no one to blame AGAIN.....and my prediction for next season cannot be much different.
As for leaving Roots Hall, no need to, except put some dosh in someones pocket.......not the teams.!
Good afternoon, see you in August.........maybe !
All said and done..............mi ddle of Div 2 AGAIN this year as predicted. Bloody shame and a disgrace .................yet no one to blame AGAIN.....and my prediction for next season cannot be much different. As for leaving Roots Hall, no need to, except put some dosh in someones pocket.......not the teams.! Good afternoon, see you in August.........maybe ! Barnet Shrimper
  • Score: -1
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