Trialist David Cubillas earns Blues a draw against Real Madrid C
Southend United drew 1-1 with Real Madrid C in a pre-season friendly at Madrid’s Training Complex on Wednesday morning.
Phil Brown’s side were up against Madrid’s upcoming youngsters and fell behind in the 8th minute when Daniel Bentley misjudged a free-kick into the box and Dani Suarez headed home.
Blues began with a 4-3-3 formation and having the spare man in midfield almost resulted in a goal when Ryan Leonard found space, but he could only fire straight at the goalkeeper.
The heat didn’t seem to be having too much of an impact on Blues who worked extremely hard throughout.
The linesman’s flag denied Blues an equaliser as the first half came to a close.
Three trialists were introduced for the second-half as David Cubillas, Conor Clifford and Julian Bennett all came on.
Spanish striker Cubillas almost made it 1-1 but his header flew wide, while at the other end Bentley made two excellent saves in quick succession.
The equaliser came with five minutes to go as Michael Timlin, who came in with 15 minutes to go for his first appearance since his leg break, played in Anthony Straker who crossed for Cubillas to head past the goalkeeper.
Clifford went close with a long-range drive just before the final whistle was blown.
Blues are back in action on Friday against Queens Park Rangers at Roots Hall.
Blues: Bentley; White ©, Phillips, Prosser (Bennett 45), Coker (Straker 80); Leonard, Laird (Clifford 45), Atkinson; Eastwood (Njie 65), Straker (Timlin 75), Corr (Cubillas 45).