Southend United’s final pre-season friendly ended level, as Phil Brown’s side drew 0-0 with Premier League side Queens Park Rangers at Roots Hall.Midfielder Conor Clifford went closest, but his 25-yard effort skimmed the top of QPR’s crossbar as neither side created too many openings throughout the game.
Blues’ boss will be pleased with another good exercise for his team, knowing the season opener against Accrington Stanley is now just a week and a half away.
There were four trialists involved from the start against QPR, with defenders Mads Ibenfeldt and Ben Richards-Everton partnering Adam Thompson in a back three.
Sylvestre Guyonnet was in midfield, while Craig Fagan was at right wing-back. On the opposite side was Ben Coker, who wore the captain’s armband.
The first chance fell to Myles Weston, but his 20-yard strike was parried away by Brian Murphy before, from similar range at the other end, Michael Doughty fired over the bar.
Blues striker Barry Corr then had two headed chances in quick succession, but Murphy in goal for the Premier League side denied him on both occasions.
Murphy was beaten six minutes before half-time but unfortunately for Blues, Clifford’s effort skimmed the crossbar as it went just over the QPR goal.
Luke Prosser, Gary Deegan and Patrick Cregg replaced Ben Richards-Everton, Craig Fagan and Guyonnet at the start of the second-half as Brown allowed plenty of players to get important minutes under their belts.
Blues’ midfielder Clifford was impressing in the holding role, and again went close to opening the scoring.
The 22-year-old beat his man in the middle before unleashing a low 25-yard drive that QPR’s substitute goalkeeper Joe Lumley did well to push away.
Both sides continued to work hard looking for an opening but unlike the game against Ipswich Town on Tuesday night, there was to be no late winner.
Blues: Bentley (T. Smith); Fagan (Deegan), Thompson, Ibenfeldt, Richards-Everton (Prosser), Coker (Jordan Williams); Clifford (Jenkins), Atkinson, Guyonnet (Cregg); Weston (Chedozie), Corr (Brown).