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Season Review 2013-14 May: Blues' promotion hopes ended

5 June 2014

We take a look back at how Blues got on in May...

We take a look back at the final month of the season as Southend United’s promotion dream came to an end with defeat in the play-offs against Burton Albion.

Southend United 1-0 Burton Albion

Blues knew they could well be facing the Brewers in the play-offs heading into the final game of the season.

Fifth, sixth and seventh place were still to be decided meaning Blues could face any one of the other three play-off contenders.

In the end, Barry Corr’s goal, the only goal of the game, meant Blues finished in fifth, setting up a two-legged tie with the Brewers.

Corr’s goal came from Kevan Hurst’s excellent cross, midway through the first-half.

Burton Albion 1-0 Southend United – Play-off First Leg

Southend United’s hopes of reaching Wembley were dealt a blow as they went down 1-0 in the first leg at the Pirelli Stadium.

Adam McGurk scored the only goal of the game on the stroke of half-time after a somewhat fortunate break.

Ian Sharps was sent off on the hour mark for two bookable offences, but Blues were unable to find a route back into the game.

Southend United 2-2 Burton Albion – Play-off Second Leg

Despite a valiant effort to overturn the first leg deficit, Southend United were knocked out of the play-offs, losing 3-2 on aggregate.

Marcus Holness had given Burton a shock 1-0 lead against the run of play, but Blues responded magnificently to level the tie overall.

Ryan Leonard scored a stunning overhead kick, before Anthony Straker headed home from Michael Timlin’s cross to make it 2-1 on the day.

Blues were in the ascendency, but after half-time, they struggled to find that same rhythm. 

Adam McGurk once again proved to be the difference, as he latched on to a loose ball and fired past Daniel Bentley.

Phil Brown’s side rallied late on, but they could find no way back as their season came to a premature end.

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