SOUTHEND United striker Harry Cardwell had to be taken off at Dover Athletic after suffering a nasty clash of heads.

Cardwell played on until half-time after an aerial collision with Ryan Hanson.

But Blues boss Kevin Maher had to take the forward off at half-time.

“Cards got a whack on the head,” said Maher.

“I thought he was excellent and did a lot of unselfish work but he took a bang on the head and the medical team will be looking at that now.”

Cardwell had been looking to build on the late equaliser he netted for the Shrimpers at Aldershot Town on Tuesday night.

And he had early shouts for a penalty waved away after appearing to be brought down by Dover goalkeeper Adam Parkes.

“I thought it was a penalty,” added Maher.

“It certainly looked like it was from where we were.

“Cards might have nudged him first but we did think it was a penalty but it’s swings and roundabouts after the other night.”