Report: Accrington 1-1 Southend United
Southend United ended 2013 with a 1-1 draw at Accrington Stanley at the Crown Ground.
A game of few chances opened up when Blues’ Mark Phillips inadvertently scored an own goal just after the hour mark.
Barry Corr and Michael Timlin were both denied by brilliant saves from Stanley ‘keeper Andrew Dawber.
But the hosts resistance was broken with Luke Prosser met Kevan Hurst’s corner on his return to the side.
There were two changes from the 1-0 win at AFC Wimbledon as Prosser replaced Rob Kiernan who was recalled by his parent club Wigan Athletic on Friday.
The other saw Cauley Woodrow, the match winner against AFC Wimbledon, come in for Barry Corr to lead the line.
It was Woodrow who created Blues’ first chance of the game after a quick break, but Will Atkinson was unable to head home the striker’s ball cross.
Another break led to Blues’ second chance of the game as Anthony Straker broke clear. The winger found Michael Timlin inside but his curling effort was well saved by Andrew Dawber.
Accrington’s danger man Kal Naismith should have given the hosts the lead in the 25th minute, but his header from six yards somehow went wide after a good cross from Michael Richardson.
Following a breakaway of their own, Accrington had another great chance to go ahead.
Richardson fed George Bowerman and the striker cut inside before seeing his first effort saved by Dan Bentley.
From the rebound, Bowerman somehow curled the ball over the bar from just inside the box.
Blues made a bright start to the second half after with five minutes gone, should have gone ahead.
Kevan Hurst played in Michael Timlin who somehow saw his shot from six yards saved by Dawber.
Accrington worked their way back into the game once again and just after the hour mark they were ahead.
Lee Naylor’s free-kick was a good one that found its way to the back post and cannoned off Phillips and went past Bentley.
Blues pressed again after falling behind, with Freddy Eastwood and Corr both introduced.
Corr was in the action immediately and was denied by another brilliant save from Dawber as he kept out the striker’s header from six yards.
Dawber was finally beaten however in the 78th minute. Hurst’s corner to the near post was met by Prosser who scored his third goal of the season.
Having seen their lead slip away, Accrington pressed again and somehow couldn’t find a way through from two goalmouth scrambles.
Blues were then denied by Dawber again as Phillips tried to make amends for his own goal with a 25-yard strike tipped round the post.
Despite late pressure, Blues had to settle for a point on the road to end the year unbeaten in three, with just one defeat since the end of October.
Blues: Bentley; White, Prosser, Phillips, Coker; Timlin (Payne 71), Leonard, Atkinson; Hurst, Woodrow (Corr 65), Straker (Eastwood 55).
Subs: Smith, Thompson, Clifford, Laird