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Development Friendly: Blues beat Oxford United in seven-goal thriller

27 August 2014

Southend United’s development side beat Oxford United 4-3 at Boots & Laces on Wednesday afternoon.

Adam Thompson, David Worrall, Jack Payne and Gary Deegan all got 90 minutes of action, while Lee Barnard got an hour under his belt.

It was Payne who gave Blues the lead, beating two men before firing a low shot into the bottom corner with just less than ten minutes on the clock.

Payne was then brought down in the penalty area and Barnard stepped up to roll the ball home from 12-yards, sending the goalkeeper the wrong way.

Oxford then responded to halve the deficit, as the striker passed the ball passed Ted Smith following a great cross from the right-hand side.

But Payne quickly restored Blues’ two-goal lead, finishing after good work from Ellis Brown on the left-hand side.

Payne, involved in all four of Blues’ goals, then laid the ball on for substitute Jason Williams who got slightly fortunate with the help of a defender, before finding the bottom corner.

At 4-1 it looked as though things had been wrapped up for Blues, but the visitors rallied and responded well.

The U’s best player on the afternoon latched onto a misplaced pass from a Blues defender and confidently slotted past Smith.

They then made it 4-3 as a defender up from the back for a corner looped a header over Smith.

But that was how it ended, as Blues held on. Graham Coughlan’s side face Gillingham next week.

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