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York City vs. Southend United

22 February 2014

Report: York City 0-0 Southend United

Southend United picked up a point on the road, as they drew 0-0 with York City at Bootham Crescent on Saturday.

Unlike Tuesday’s draw with Hartlepool United, this was a game of few chances, that never really got going.

Blues went closest, when York defender Lanre Oyebanjo almost scored a comical own goal, but in the end they were made to settle for a point.

Cian Bolger made his Southend United debut a day after joining the club on loan, with Mark Phillips dropping down to the bench. Lee Barnard was missing through illness.

Bolger was immediately into the action as he picked up a cut just below his eye. The defender had to come off for treatment and left Blues down to ten for a stage.

The hosts almost took advantage when Russell Penn cut the ball back for Will Hayhurst, but Adam Thompson was on hand to make an important block.

Blues survived the eight minutes with the man disadvantage, but York did almost take the lead just before the half-hour.

A deflected strike from Hayhurst looped up until Bowman’s path, but Bentley made a smart stop down to his right.

A minute later, Blues had their first chance of the game. Michael Timlin found Kevan Hurst who took it on his left, but saw his shot flash just past the far post.

It was a tight affair, but the deadlock was almost broken on the stroke of half-time in comical circumstances.

Bolger played a ball over the top for Barry Corr, which Oyebanjo couldn’t deal with properly and flicked towards his own goal.

The defender was let-off by alert goalkeeper from Nick Pope, who was just about able to tip it past the post.

John White had to be alert early in the second-half to clear a dangerous ball into the box, before White crossed for Corr who headed over the bar from 12-yards.

Jack Payne’s introduction had lifted Blues, and he saw a low drive well saved by Pope, before Corr couldn’t quite get on the end of Hurst’s chip over the top.

Will Atkinson then blazed over from the edge of the box after Payne had set him up.

York themselves went close a couple of minutes later after Michael Coulson got past Bolger and poked goalwards, but Blues just about managed to clear.

Bentley was alert again to push away Oyebanjo’s cross after he had done well to break down the right-hand side.

In the end though, neither side really created enough to win the game, and Blues will now look to make it three unbeaten when they travel to Northampton Town on Tuesday night.

Blues: Bentley; White, Bolger (Phillips 78), Thompson, Coker; Atkinson, Leonard, Timlin (Payne 55); Hurst, Straker (Laird 74), Corr.

Subs: Smith, Gomis, Eastwood, Williams.

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