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Match Report: Crewe Alexandra 1-2 Southend United

29 September 2015

Pigott brace makes it three consecutive wins for Blues after 2-1 win at Gresty Road.

Joe Pigott's brace helped Southend United to a narrow 2-1 victory at Crewe Alecandra on Tuesday evening.

Pigott struck twice early in the second half, sandwiching Bradden Inman's equaliser for the hosts in a crazy opening eight minutes of the second 45.

His first was lashed into the top corner before Inman's neat equaliser, and minutes later, Pigott bagged the winner with a close range header.

The result meant it's now three wins on the spin for a rampant Blues, who continue their surge up the League 1 table.

Boss Phil Brown named an unchanged lineup to the one that started the game against Scunthorpe United just three days earlier.

This meant that Luke Prosser and Cian Bolger kept their partnership at the heart of the Blues defence, whilst Michael Timlin – a doubt before the match – skippered the side in midfield again – for the third consecutive match.

It was a frantic start by the Blues, and inside 30 seconds the visitors had the first chance of the game.

A short corner saw David Worrall whip the ball in, and after a deflection it fell to David Mooney who saw his drive cleared off the line by Alex centre back George Ray.

Mooney saw a goal ruled out for offside when he finished in the box moments later, before Pigott headed over another Worrall cross on 17 minutes. 

Just after the half hour mark Blues had the best chance of the opening part of the game.

Pigott latched onto the end of a low ball in from Coker but smashed his effort onto the crossbar before Ray's foot got their before Mooney could follow up.

The chances kept coming for Blues, as moments later, Mooney's placed attempt fell into the grateful gloves of Ben Garratt in the Crewe goal before Pigott's strike was blocked just minutes later.

At the other end, Stephen Kingsley's free kick crashed against the upright and out for a corner as the half crept to an end.

The Blues took the lead just a couple of minutes later when Pigott thundered Ryan Leonard's cross from the right high into the top corner of the net.

However, it didn't last long, as Crewe went straight down the other end after kicking off to level.

Bradden Inman found a way past the Blues' backline before slipping a left-footed effort under Bentley to even the scores up less than a minute later.

But Blues showed resolve again to bounce back just a few minutes later and it came from Pigott again when he headed home following a Worrall shot deflecting off the bar and into his path for an easy finish.

It was important for Blues to calm the game down after regaining the lead, with the hosts going close just prior to the hour through Kingsley's header which flashed over the upright.

Blues were riding the storm somewhat, and a combination of Bentley and Luke O'Neill ended up stopping Marcus Haber's header across goal reaching a red shirt in the six-yard box.

Up the other end, a cross from Leonard nearly caught out Garratt but the ball skimmed off the bar and looped away from danger.

Brown made his first substitution with 17 minutes remaining as Noel Hunt came on for Mooney.
Blues continued to press looking for that third goal to kill the game off and a long range effort from Leonard forced Ray into a brave block.

Myles Weston appeared for the final eight minutes of the game as he replaced two-goal Pigott.

And moments later, Brown made his final change, bringing on Will Atkinson for Worrall, adding fresh legs to the Blues' midfield.

Blues: Bentley; O’Neill, Bolger, Prosser, Coker; Worrall (Atkinson, 85), Deegan, Leonard, Timlin (c); Mooney (Hunt, 73), Pigott (Weston, 82)

Unused substitutes: T. Smith, Wordsworth, Payne, Rea.

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