Southend United 0, Port Vale 0

Gavin Tomlin - unlucky not to score

Gavin Tomlin - unlucky not to score

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A STRING of fine saves from Port Vale goalkeeper Chris Neal meant Southend United had to settle for a 0-0 draw at Roots Hall this afternoon.

Neal made a number of excellent stops in the first half and Gavin Tomlin was twice denied by the woodwork.

And that meant Blues picked up just a point from a positive performance.

Vale also looked dangerous in the opening exchanges and, with three minutes on the clock, visiting striker Ben Williamson fired straight at Blues goalkeeper Paul Smith from 25 yards.

But Southend soon replied with Britt Assombalonga having a similar effort saved by visiting shot-stopper Chris Neal and, in the 14th minute, Michael Timlin fired well wide from 12 yards after being picked out by Sean Clohessy’s low, right wing cross.

However, Vale immediately hit back and thought they had opened the scoring just three minutes later when a close range finish from Ashley Vincent squirmed past Smith, only for the effort to be ruled out for handball.

Vincent was also booked for the unsporting behavior before Blues also came close to breaking the deadlock in the 24th minute when a well struck, 18 yard volley from Tomlin was impressively pushed around the left post by Neal.

Tomlin was causing problems just two minutes when he cut in off the right flank and fired a close range shot against the outside of the right post.

But, having survived the scares, Port Vale then almost went in front when Tom Pope played in Williamson but the striker’s shot was pushed wide of the target for a corner by Smith.

Moments later, Dodds warmed Smith’s gloves with a well struck shot from 25 yards but Blues immediately replied and, in the 36th minute, Tomlin was again denied by the woodwork as his 18 yard shot came back off the left upright.

With Southend remaining on top, Assombalonga then had an 18 yard brilliantly clawed away by Neal before the Vale keeper also did well to divert Tomlin’s curling shot from the edge of the penalty area away from goal.

Blues continued to attack, with Chris Barker having a goalbound shot blocked by Joe Davis, with Southend screaming for a penalty to be given.

Referee Gavin Ward opted to wave away the protests and Vale almost made the most of the let off in the 41st minute when Jennison Myrie Williams sped away from Ryan Cresswell and had a well struck shot blocked by Smith.

The start of the second half was far less eventful than the first and Southend boss Paul Sturrock attempted to get his side going again by bringing on Barry Corr for Hurst in the 70th minute.

The change led to Tomlin pushing pushed back on to the right flank and, shortly after the substitution, Blues almost scored when Timlin teed up Assombalonga but his 12 yard shot was pushed around the left post by Neal.

And, despite Freddy Eastwood also entering the action late on, Blues were unable to net a late winner and had to settle for just a share of the spoils.

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7:18pm Sat 10 Nov 12

southendshrimper says...

A really good performance by the Shrimpers. If was not for Port Vale goalkeeper Chris Neal then it would have been a rugby score line.
A really good performance by the Shrimpers. If was not for Port Vale goalkeeper Chris Neal then it would have been a rugby score line. southendshrimper
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7:50pm Sat 10 Nov 12

gary 51 says...

The 10 - 15 minutes before half time was probably the best football we have played all season.
Sorry to say PS we know you don't like Freddy Eastwood as you had no involvement in his signing but he should have been on from the start, the lad Tamika was struggling, he was unfit, so why didn't Woodyard come on just to give the midfield a boost.
This game could have been won if our manager had a football brain.
I saw today players with potential just needs a manager or coach to build on this talent.
The 10 - 15 minutes before half time was probably the best football we have played all season. Sorry to say PS we know you don't like Freddy Eastwood as you had no involvement in his signing but he should have been on from the start, the lad Tamika was struggling, he was unfit, so why didn't Woodyard come on just to give the midfield a boost. This game could have been won if our manager had a football brain. I saw today players with potential just needs a manager or coach to build on this talent. gary 51
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8:54pm Sat 10 Nov 12

Nazzarooney says...

Best game of the season so far.
The team looked far more solid.

I agree a bit with the above comment. Tamika is not fit so
Woodyard who has played well should of come on.
Although sturrock doesn't like Eastwood, as soon as he came on
His touch was very good and SUFC kept hold of the ball. I'm not a great fan of Tomlin but this was his best game. And as soon as hurst came off we lost momentum.
So it's sturrocks job to get the blend right. Which I hope he will do soon. But a very good game to watch.
Best game of the season so far. The team looked far more solid. I agree a bit with the above comment. Tamika is not fit so Woodyard who has played well should of come on. Although sturrock doesn't like Eastwood, as soon as he came on His touch was very good and SUFC kept hold of the ball. I'm not a great fan of Tomlin but this was his best game. And as soon as hurst came off we lost momentum. So it's sturrocks job to get the blend right. Which I hope he will do soon. But a very good game to watch. Nazzarooney
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9:49pm Sat 10 Nov 12

North24 says...

Much better from the blues but why on earth did PS not bring Corr and Eastwood on earlier The Port Vale centre half had Britt in his pocket
Much better from the blues but why on earth did PS not bring Corr and Eastwood on earlier The Port Vale centre half had Britt in his pocket North24
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10:06pm Sat 10 Nov 12

Southend Andy says...

Eastwood is at least a stone over weight. He needs to lose that extra weight so we can have the old freddy back.
Eastwood is at least a stone over weight. He needs to lose that extra weight so we can have the old freddy back. Southend Andy
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1:06pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Dirk Lee says...

Vale's goal was disallowed for deliberate handball, hence the yellow card.
Freddy won't lose weight sitting on the bench.
Vale's goal was disallowed for deliberate handball, hence the yellow card. Freddy won't lose weight sitting on the bench. Dirk Lee
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1:48pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Nothingbettertodo says...

A good performance, in fact the best of the season at home. We played some good stuff at times but then the fact we have a winger who can't cross (Hurst) and a striker who can't score (Tomlin) cam back to hurt us. Good help us when we are forced to play Corr and Eastwood!
A good performance, in fact the best of the season at home. We played some good stuff at times but then the fact we have a winger who can't cross (Hurst) and a striker who can't score (Tomlin) cam back to hurt us. Good help us when we are forced to play Corr and Eastwood! Nothingbettertodo
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