Fleetwood Town 1, Southend United 1

Ben Coker - could have won a penalty in the second half

Ben Coker - could have won a penalty in the second half

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SOUTHEND United made mathematically sure of their place in the end of season play-offs with a 1-1 draw at Fleetwood Town.

Barry Corr’s fourth goal in five games cancelled out Steven Schumacher’s opener for the home-side.

And the striker’s close range header secured the Shrimpers a top seven finish.

After a quiet start to the game, Blues almost opened the scoring in the 28th minute when Corr’s header from Ryan Leonard’s long throw was tipped to safety low down to his left hand side by goalkeeper Chris Maxwell.

But, having survived the scare, Fleetwood hit back to open the scoring against the run of play in the 37th minute with Steven Schumacher on target.

The midfielder’s free-kick from the left flank evaded a whole host of bodies inside the penalty area before curling in to the right hand side of the net.

However, Fleetwood were in front for just three minutes as the in-form Corr again worked his way on the score-sheet as he headed home a right wing corner from Ben Coker.

At the start of the second half, Fleetwood’s Antoni Sarcevic saw a curling 20 yard shot palmed to safety by Daniel Bentley.

The Blues shot-stopper then also did well to keep out a well struck shot from David Ball and, in the 52nd minute, he tipped a powerful effort from Matty Blair around the right post.

In a bid to get back of top, Shrimpers boss Phil Brown made his first substitution of the game in the 63rd minute with Anthony Straker replacing Jacob Murphy.

And Straker made an immediate impact teeing up Corr whose low, eight yard shot was smothered by Maxwell.

Moments later, came a moment of controversy when Coker went to ground inside the area after appearing to have been brought down by Liam Hogan but referee Chris Sarginson opted to wave play on.

That ensured the game ended all square and ensured Southend’s place in the play-offs.

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5:15pm Sat 26 Apr 14

southend loser says...

Well done job completed, just take it easy last game with no injuries then it is lottery time.
Get your tickets dudes and let us sock it to them.
Not such a bad season after all
Well done job completed, just take it easy last game with no injuries then it is lottery time. Get your tickets dudes and let us sock it to them. Not such a bad season after all southend loser
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8:12pm Sat 26 Apr 14

beaulocks says...

Phil brown will be the next England manager 100%.
Phil brown will be the next England manager 100%. beaulocks
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6:51am Sun 27 Apr 14

gary 51 says...

Well done Southend playing against 12 men was always difficult,how the ref didn't see the penalty second half was shocking still we got the result needed
Well done Southend playing against 12 men was always difficult,how the ref didn't see the penalty second half was shocking still we got the result needed gary 51
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12:09pm Sun 27 Apr 14

TheEssexWay says...

Well done The Blues and well done Barry Corr, red carded and suspended for 3 games, comes back and scores 3 goals in 3 games, pay back accepted! Now for the play-offs, bring it on!
Well done The Blues and well done Barry Corr, red carded and suspended for 3 games, comes back and scores 3 goals in 3 games, pay back accepted! Now for the play-offs, bring it on! TheEssexWay
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9:37pm Sun 27 Apr 14

TheEssexWay says...

Excerpt from the Fleetwood Website game report: "The Cod Army piled on the pressure in the second-half, but found Southend goalkeeper, Daniel Bentley, in inspiring form as he produced a string of fine saves to ensure the Shrimpers held on to the point they needed to secure a place in the play-offs."

Well done again Daniel Bentley!
Excerpt from the Fleetwood Website game report: "The Cod Army piled on the pressure in the second-half, but found Southend goalkeeper, Daniel Bentley, in inspiring form as he produced a string of fine saves to ensure the Shrimpers held on to the point they needed to secure a place in the play-offs." Well done again Daniel Bentley! TheEssexWay
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