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Season Review 2013-14 April: Blues secured a play-off place

4 June 2014

A look back at Blues' performances in April...

We take a look back at April, as Blues secured a play-off spot thanks to some impressive away performances.

Cheltenham Town 1-2 Southend United

After two home wins in a row to end March, Blues backed up those six points with a fine win away from home.

Byron Harrison had given Cheltenham the lead on the stroke of half-time, but Blues turned things around in the space of three second-half minutes.

Barry Corr’s introduction, back involved having served his three game ban, scored to level things up.

Blues then broke quickly from a Cheltenham set piece as Ryan Leonard found Kevan Hurst who was able to make it 2-1 to seal a third straight win.

Southend United 0-1 AFC Wimbledon

Blues suffered a minor setback at Roots Hall as AFC Wimbledon spoiled their bid to make it four straight wins in League 2.

Former Blue Jack Midson scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot, after John Egan had fouled Kwesi Appiah.

Blues pushed forward in search of an equaliser, but they were unable to prevent a first defeat in seven games.

Rochdale 0-3 Southend United

Phil Brown’s side produced one of their best performances of the season to see off Rochdale at Spotland.

Jacob Murphy teed up Barry Corr to open the scoring, before Murphy made it 2-0 after a stunning breakaway from Blues.

Ian Henderson hit the crossbar for Rochdale but just 20 seconds after half-time, Blues made it 3-0 when Michael Timlin converted Kevan Hurst’s cross.

Ryan Leonard hit the bar late on, but three goals were enough to pick up an all important three points.

Southend United 1-0 Accrington Stanley

Blues all but secured their place in the play-offs with a hard-fought 1-0 win against Accrington Stanley at Roots Hall.

Barry Corr scored the only goal of the game in a tight affair midway through the first-half having been found by Will Atkinson.

The win meant Blues would need just a point from their final two games to secure a play-off spot.

Fleetwood Town 1-1 Southend United

The point Blues needed came in their very next game, as they drew 1-1 with play-off rivals Fleetwood Town at Highbury Stadium.

Steven Schumacher opened the scoring for the hosts, but Barry Corr responded with a header from Ben Coker’s corner.

Coker then felt he should have had a second-half penalty, but Blues picked up the point they needed to secure that play-off spot.

Blues had secured their play-off spot, but would have to wait until the final game of the season to confirm whether they would finish fifth, sixth or seventh.

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