Southend United 1, Accrington Stanley 0

Kevan Hurst in action for Southend United

Kevan Hurst in action for Southend United

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BARRY Corr’s second half strike secured Southend United a 1-0 win against Accrington Stanley and virtually a place in the play-offs too.

The Irishman’s close range finish means the sixth placed Shrimpers are now six points clear of Oxford, who are eighth, with just two games to go.

And only a swing of 10 goalswith Oxford United can now deny Blues a top seven finish.

Southend were made to battle for their latest triumph and the first half was short of excitement and any action until Blues almost opened the scoring just before the break when Ryan Leonard headed a right wing cross from John White just inches wide of the left post.

However, the start of the second period was also uneventful and led to Shrimpers boss Phil Brown making his first change of the game in the 58th minute with Jamar Loza coming on to replace Michael Timlin.

And, just six minutes after the change, Blues went in front, with Corr bagging his 11th goal of the season.

The move began with a left wing cross from Jacob Murphy which Kevan Hurst cushioned back in to the path of Will Atkinson.

The midfielder then carried the ball in to the path of Corr who cushioned a fine finish in to the bottom left hand corner of the net from 12 yards.

After making the breakthrough, Blues made their second change of the game in the 75th minute with Conor Clifford replacing Murphy in midfield.

And, soon after the substitution, the Shrimpers wasted an excellent chance to double their lead when Loza teed up Corr only for the striker to scuff his eight yard shot wide of the left post.

The miss soon almost increased in significance too as Accrington came close to equalising in the 84th minute when a low volley from substitute Shay McCartan was tipped wide of the left post by Daniel Bentley.

That prompted boss Brown in to making a defensive final change as Luke Prosser came on for Corr and Blues held on to secure their fifth win in six games.

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5:19pm Mon 21 Apr 14

S.D. Shrimper says...

19 clean sheets best defensive record in the league, I feel a Wembley trip coming on.
19 clean sheets best defensive record in the league, I feel a Wembley trip coming on. S.D. Shrimper
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5:23pm Mon 21 Apr 14

orsettblue says...

sounded like a sh$£e game (2 shots on target) BUT it doesn't matter - 3 points is 3 points.

I would fancy us against any of the other 4 teams around us in the play-offs.
sounded like a sh$£e game (2 shots on target) BUT it doesn't matter - 3 points is 3 points. I would fancy us against any of the other 4 teams around us in the play-offs. orsettblue
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5:33pm Mon 21 Apr 14

southend loser says...

Well done after a dismal run they finally pulled it off.
Play offs are a lottery, but who knows on the day.
Just think though if that terrible run had been a winning one I reckon it would have been auto promotion.
At least there is something to aim for instead of Mickey Mouse cup finals it could be Wembley with a purpose
Well done after a dismal run they finally pulled it off. Play offs are a lottery, but who knows on the day. Just think though if that terrible run had been a winning one I reckon it would have been auto promotion. At least there is something to aim for instead of Mickey Mouse cup finals it could be Wembley with a purpose southend loser
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9:05pm Mon 21 Apr 14

TheEssexWay says...

Dire first half performance! Accrington put 11 men behind the ball and it seemed like we were never going to crack it, but we knew that as soon as we did they would have to change their game plan and that's exactly what happened second half. Don't know what the linesman was on but he gave 3 offsides against us second half that were definitely onside! We were dead in line with them and no way were they offsides, two of them we had goalscoring opportunites denied! Still another 3 points in the bag and play-offs here we come when we will seriously have to up our game. Up the Blues!
Dire first half performance! Accrington put 11 men behind the ball and it seemed like we were never going to crack it, but we knew that as soon as we did they would have to change their game plan and that's exactly what happened second half. Don't know what the linesman was on but he gave 3 offsides against us second half that were definitely onside! We were dead in line with them and no way were they offsides, two of them we had goalscoring opportunites denied! Still another 3 points in the bag and play-offs here we come when we will seriously have to up our game. Up the Blues! TheEssexWay
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9:09pm Mon 21 Apr 14

gary 51 says...

Awful performance, put that down to tension still 3 points but will have to sharpen up in play offs
Awful performance, put that down to tension still 3 points but will have to sharpen up in play offs gary 51
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