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Report: Southend United 1-2 Ipswich Town

29 July 2014

Southend United’s first home pre-season friendly ended in defeat as Championship side Ipswich Town won 2-1 at Roots Hall.

Kevin Bru opened the scoring for the visitors before Myles Weston made it 1-1 with his first touch of the game.

Anthony Wordsworth won it for Ipswich with the last kick of the match, scrambling home a loose ball inside Blues' penalty area.

Freddy Eastwood, on his return to Roots Hall, got things started before receive a standing ovation from the crowd as he was replaced by Lee Barnard.

Barnard joined trialist Jordan Chedozie in attack, while fellow trialist Gary Deegan was alongside Ryan Leonard in the centre of midfield.

The first chance of the game fell to Frank Nouble, but his effort was well blocked by Adam Thompson before moments later the striker saw another effort denied, this time by a good save from Paul Smith.

Lee Barnard had Blues’ only real chance of the first 45 minutes, flicking a header over the bar from a good ball in by Kevan Hurst.

Four changes were made at half-time, with four trialists introduced, including defenders Ben Richards-Everton and Mads Ibenfeldt who featured at Concord Rangers last week.

The changes allowed the game to become a bit more open, but Blues trailed just before the hour mark.

Phil Brown’s side were unable to clear the ball on the edge of the box and it fell to substitute Bru who curled the ball home past Smith to make it 1-0.

Summer signing Weston came on with just under 20 minutes to go and with his first touch made it 1-1.

Sub Craig Fagan played in David Worrall down the right and Blues’ most recent signing crossed perfectly for Weston who found the bottom corner.

Trialist Patrick Cregg went close to making it 2-1 with a curling effort from the edge of the box, but Bartosz Bialkowski made a good save to push it away.

Young goalkeeper Ted Smith, who had come on moments before to replace his namesake, made a strong save from David McGoldrick.

Ipswich would have one last chance and Wordsworth took it, scrambling home the ball after Smith had made a good save, to win it for the visitors.

Blues: Smith (T. Smith); White, Prosser (Richards-Everton), Thompson (Ibenfeldt), Coker (Jenkins); Hurst, Leonard (Payne), Deegan (Cregg), Worrall (Williams); Chedozie (Fagan), Eastwood (Barnard (Weston)).

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