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Posted Sat 08 Dec 12 at 17:26 PM

Fleetwood Town 0-0 Southend United

Blues maintained their unbeaten run as they drew 0-0 with Fleetwood Town at Highbury Stadium.

The draw extended Blues' unbeaten run to ten games, seven in the league, as neither side were able to find a way through.

Paul Sturrock made three changes from the midweek win against Brentford as Marc Laird, Gavin Tomlin and Anthony Straker came into the side.
That meant Barry Corr, David Martin and the suspended Michael Timlin made way.
Blues had the ball in the back of the net with just a few minutes on the clock, but it was ruled out somewhat controversially as Britt Assombalonga, who crossed for Straker, was adjudged offside.
On the break, Blues were threatening and with just over 20 minutes gone, Tomlin ran clear after a pass from Assombalonga, but the in-form striker tried to tee up his striker partner and Fleetwood cleared.
Having been denied by some last-ditch Blues defending, the hosts’ first chance came on the half hour mark. Barry Nicholson’s deep cross found Junior Brown who saw his downward header bounce up and over the bar.
Assombalonga and Tomlin were causing Fleetwood’s defence all sorts of problems, and it was the former who almost made it 1-0. Scott Davies, though, pushed behind his 25-yard low drive excellently.
Blues then had the ball in the net for the second time, but the linesman adjudged the ball had gone out of play before Laird had headed Clohessy’s cross home.
At the other end, Paul Smith had to be at his best to tip away Steven Gillespie’s shot on the stroke of half-time.
It was Blues on top at the start of the second half, and they should have gone ahead with just over 50 minutes on the clock. Tomlin teed up Straker but the midfielder with the goal at his mercy – fired wide.
Smith hadn’t had much to do in goal for the Blues, but he was called into action moments later. Dean Howell’s cross was met by Nicholson, but Smith tipped it over for a corner.
Corr came on to replace Straker with 20 minutes to go and he had the chance to put Blues ahead. The striker’s header from Kevan Hurst’s corner went just wide.
The striker had certainly made an impact and he had another chance to put Blues in front, but couldn’t quite poke the ball past Davies.

The chances continued but in the end, Blues were made to settle for a share of the spoils.

Blues: Smith; Clohessy, Cresswell, Prosser, Barker; Hurst, Mkandawire, Laird, Straker (Corr, 69); Assombalonga (Eastwood, 82), Tomlin (Donnelly, 78), Subs not used: Coughlan, Benyon, Bentley, Woodyard.

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