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Accrington Stanley manager James Beattie: “I thought we withstood everything Southend threw at us, we stood up to them well and they didn’t look like scoring from open play.
“Unfortunately a couple of our flair players weren’t at the races and while I’m disappointed we lost the game I’m not disappointed with the performance.
“There was nothing in the game and we created some decent chances in the first half but the game was decided by the penalties that were given in the end.”
Southend United manager Phil Brown: “It’s great for Barney and I was delighted for him to score.
“He came back here last season with a high expectancy level and it didn’t quite happen for him because he had missed a lot of football.
“But he’s had a good pre-season this year, he’s looking leaner, fitter and hungrier and he’s pushing at the door to be starting now.”
“The referee was spot on both times but they went for my team so I guess I’m bound to say that.
“The losing manager will probably doubt them but for me they were both penalties.
"We should've won by more and I think we would've done if we had scored earlier on in the game."
Match report online here
Accrington 0, Blues 1
Five minutes of added on time to be played
Will Atkinson comes on for Kevan Hurst
Lee Barnard fires the ball to the right hand side of the goal on his 100th appearance for the club.
Barnard won it and will take it
Another penalty to Southend
Decent chance for Myles Weston but he curls his effort straight at the keeper
Stanley make their first change with James Alabi coming on for Kal Naismith
Luke Prosser booked for a foul
Barnard on for Corr
Lee Barnard about to come on for his 100th appearance for the club.
David Worrall comes on for Coulthirst
Blues about to make their first sub here. David Worrall to come on
Josh Windass fires over from 12 yards. Wow, that was close. Thought it was in.
Not a great penalty from Barry Corr. Was more or less in the centre of the goal and the keeper smothered it
Barry Corr misses
Penalty to Southend. Shaq Coulthirst fouled. Barry Corr to take
The second half is underway
Attendance: 1, 505 with 336 from Blues
Accrington 0, Blues 0
Two minutes of added on time to be played.
Great effort from Josh Windass flies over the crossbar from long range.
Kevan Hurst plays in Myles Weston and his well struck shot is tipped over the crossbar by Luke Simpson
Powerful 35 yard shot from Ryan Leonard is smothered by Luke Simpson
I confidently predict Ryan Leonard will win more free kicks in League Two than any other player this season.
After a bright opening few minutes, this match has been quite dull so far.
Close for Blues there. Ben Coker curls a 25 yard free-kick inches wide of the right post.
Ben Coker's cross from the left finds Barry Corr but he scuffs his shot wide of the right post.
Good football from Accrington results in James Gray stabbing the ball wide of the right post from 18 yards.
Accrington come close to scoring as a deflected effort from James Gray strikes the right post.
Volley from Connor Clifford is tipped away by goalkeeper Luke Simpson
The game and the new season is underway
Accrington Stanley: Simpson, Buxton, Liddle, Joyce, Aldred, Winnard, Windass, Gray, Naismith, Mingoia, Hunt
Subs: Lynch, McCartan, Hatfield, Martin, Bowerman, Alabi & Atkinson
SOUTHEND United manager Phil Brown has selected three of his summer signings in the starting line-up for this afternoon’s first game of the season at Accrington Stanley.
Centre-back Cian Bolger has been named alongside Luke Prosser at the heart of the back four while Myles Weston and Shaq Coulthirst are also in the side.
Coulthirst is expected to line up on the left flank with Weston in attack next to Barry Corr.
Midfielder Conor Clifford also starts after being preferred to Will Atkinson in the centre of the park.
Southend United: Bentley, White, Bolger, Prosser, Coker, Hurst, Leonard, Clifford, Coulthirst, Corr, Weston
Subs: Ibenfeldt, Thompson, Worrall, Barnard, Atkinson, Payne & P Smith