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Burton Albion 1, Southend United 0, LIVE
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Burton Albion 1-0 Southend United
Leonard heads at goal and the 'keeper collects. Has to be it.
Leonard almost slips in Barnard but the 'keeper gets there first. He is being treated after being clipped on the back of the head.
Looks like Southend will be the first away side to lose in this season's play offs.
McFadzean goes in on Egan in the box with the away fans screaming for a penalty. Nothing doing.
SIX minutes of added time.
Egan staying up top.
Straker almost on the end of the corner but it is cleared. Constant Southend pressure now. Box loaded with players.
Brilliant save from Lyness! Hurst shoots and the ball takes a deflection with the 'keeper diverting the ball away. Vital save. Another corner for Blues.
Hurst nods the ball goalwards but the 'keeper collects.
Brilliant defending by Holness clears the ball from under his own crossbar. Straker was lurking. Blues corner.
Bentley comes for the ball but misses it completely. Ball is cleared. Five minutes of normal time left.
Palmer fires in a ball from the right and Atkinson gets a vital touch to clear for a corner.
Eastwood looks for the run of Atkinson but the ball only runs through to Lyness. Blues looking pretty devoid of ideas at the moment.
Break in play for a Burton injury.
Blues final sub - Lee Barnard replaces Corr to loud boos.
Understand Atkinson's move to full-back to allow for a change in formation but he had been Blues best player today.
Corr has been booked after one foul too many.
Straker is booked for a late challenge. He has had five minutes to forget.
4,581 here today.
Sokolik shoots wildly when he had options. Southend rushing things. 20 minutes with a man advantage is plenty of time to force an equaliser.
Straker's first involvement is to slash a slot out for a throw in.
Murphy and White are replaced by Straker and Eastwood. Atkinson slots in at right back as Blues go 4-4-2 with Eastwood joining Corr up front.
Leonard shoots over as Blues prepare their double change.
Looks like Eastwood and Straker are preparing for action.
Burton sub - Billy Kee is the man who makes way for David Gray
Blues have 30 minutes to make this one man advantage count.
A second yellow for the defender who clips Leonard who was storming through.
Sharps has been sent off for Burton.
Hurst attempts a shot but it is a long way off target.
Sharps is booked for deliberate handball. Blues freekick 30 yards from goal.
Blues attacking the goal their fans are behind second half. However, if the delivery from set pieces doesn't improve there won't be much to cheer about.
Rain has eased off a bit. Southend break through Murphy but he is not awarded a freekick after a tackle on halfway - not quite sure how!
White concedes a needless foul on the left and Hussey swings it in. McFadzean gets a shot away but it cannons off his own man and the ball is cleared.
Palmer replaces Ismail for Burton
Really greasy surface now. Southend will want to start shooting on sight if this rain continues.
Corner is collected well by Lyness under pressure.
Second half is underway. Rain is really coming down now. Murphy wins a corner on the right.
HT: Burton 1-0 Blues
Adam McGurk was slipped through and he dinks the ball over the onrushing Bentley. Worst time to concede.
It's a goal for Burton!
Murphy qlmost let in after a slip from Holness
Atkinson wins the ball in midfield and frees Hurst down the line. He ignores the run of Coker and sends in a looping cross that is cleared.
Hurst cuts inside and fires a shot straight into Lyness' midrift.
Really good banter between both sets of fans. Blues fans singing their hearts out.
Blues skipper White escapes a booking for a foul on the left and the freekick comes to nothing.
McGurk hits a low shot to the keeper's right and Bentley dives to push the ball away. Really good save to keep it 0-0.
Brown and Rowett exchange more words on the sidelines after Blues win another freekick.
Hurst wins a freekick to the left of the box after Edwards clips his heels. Coker and Hurst over the ball. It is whipped in and Egan heads over. All the pressure coming from the away side now.
Corr needs to watch his step here. He nudges Hussey in the ball to concede another foul. These are totting up now.
Corr clips Sharps and the home fans scream for a card. Burton boss Rowett has a lot to say to the 4th Official. Nothing given.
Chance for Blues! Corr wins a header from a Bentley freekick deep in his own half and the ball drops to Atkinson in the box. He takes a touch and fires goalwards but Lyness does really well to hold onto the goal-bound shot. Best opening so far.
Corr bends it high and wide. Poor as it was in a promising position for the visitors.
Freekick for Blues right on the edge of the box. Looks like Atkinson slipped but the defender never got a touch of the ball.
Brewers looking for the ball over the top for Kee but he doesnt stand a chance up against Sokolik.
Referee has had a good start. Some strong challenges going in but all of them fair. Game has a certain flow to it now.
Corr in a slight disagreement with the linesman but nothing comes of it. Burton break and Bell fires over after nicking the ball off Leonard just outside the Blues box. Nothing between the sides.
Leonard with a well timed break from the back but the ball is cleared for a Blues through deep into Burton territory. Ball is cleared.
Murphy gets in down the right and holds the ball up before crossing for Hurst. The ball drops to Hurst but his free header only drops to a yellow shirt. Moments later Coker picks up a booking for a late tackle on Ismail.
Brewers have made five changes from last Saturday's defeat to Blues.
We are ten minutes in and the game is finely balanced. Burton started well but Blues have come back into it well and look a threat down the left. Lyness has been forced into one real save and Corr has headed wide from ten yards.
Sorry for the delays the signal in Burton isn't great!
Burton: Lyness, Edwards, Hussey, SHarps, Bell, Weir, McFadzean, Ismail, McGurk, Holness, Kee
Subs: Lainton, Alexander, Hemmings, Knowles, Palmer, Gray, Symes
Southend United are unchanged for this afternoon's play off semi-final at Burton Albion.
Blues: Bentley, White, Egan, Sokolik, Coker, Leonard, Atkinson, Timlin, Hurst, Corr, Murphy
Subs: P Smith, Laird, Prosser, Eastwood, Straker, Gomis & Barnard
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