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11 April 2016

See what the media had to say about Blues 2-2 draw with Fleetwood Town

Read what the local and national media had to say about Southend United’s 2-2 draw with Fleetwood Town at the weekend.

After falling behind to a Bobby Grant stunner, it had looked like Phil Brown’s men had pulled off the fightback after goals from Adam Barrett and Jack Payne turned the game on its head.

Unfortunately for Blues, they were to be denied all three points when Conor McLaughlin headed Fleetwood level on the 90-minute mark.

SOUTHEND ECHO:

CONOR McLaughlin’s last minute header handed struggling Fleetwood Town a 2-2 draw at Southend United this afternoon.

The Shrimpers seemed to be heading for all three points when goals from Adam Barrett and Jack Payne overturning Robert Grant’s opener for the visitors.

But Fleetwood salvaged a share of the spoils right at the death with McLaughlin heading home from close range.

BBC SPORT:

Conor McLaughlin's late header rescued a valuable point for relegation-threatened Fleetwood at Southend.

After a goalless first half, Fleetwood went in front when Bobby Grant's superb long-range effort flew beyond Shrimpers goalkeeper Daniel Bentley.

Adam Barrett's header and Jack Payne's 18-yard strike looked to have sealed a Southend comeback, but McLaughlin's close-range header levelled the scores.

The draw moved the Cod Army one-point clear of the bottom four in League One.


SKY SPORTS:

Conor McLaughlin's last-minute header handed struggling Fleetwood Town a 2-2 draw at Southend United.

The Shrimpers seemed to be heading for all three points when goals from Adam Barrett and Jack Payne overturned Robert Grant's opener for the visitors.

But Fleetwood salvaged a share of the spoils right at the death with McLaughlin heading home from close range.


OPPOSITION VIEW:

FLEETWOOD TOWN:

Fleetwood Town stretched their unbeaten league run to four games as Conor McLaughlin's late header earned them a point at Roots Hall.

Bobby Grant gave Town the lead in the second half when he unleashed a rocket from 30 yards which flew into the top corner.

Home captain Adam Barrett then equalised for the Shrimpers on 71 minutes as he headed home powerfully from a corner.

Jack Payne completed the turnaround with ten minutes to play when he cut in from the right and shot low into the bottom corner.

However the Cod Army weren't finished there, and McLaughlin popped up at the back post late on to rescue a point for the Fylde Coast side.


BLACKPOOL GAZETTE:

Fleetwood right-back Conor McLaughlin’s last gasp header clinched a vital point for Town as they fought back to draw 2-2 at Southend.

After hitting the woodwork in the first half Bobby Grant popped up with a sensational left-footed strike in the 53rd minute to put Steven Pressley’s men in the driving seat at the Roots Hall stadium.

But Southend hit back against the run of play in the 72nd minute, McLaughlin appeared to be impeded in the build up as he conceded a corner and his namesake Stephen McLaughlin’s corner from the left squeezed in off the bald head of Adam Barrett.

Fleetwood had dominated the clash and it was a sucker punch when their lively striker Jack Payne found space outside the box and curled the ball past Maxwell with just eight minutes to go.

But Pressley’s men showed immense character and determination and never gave up as they searched for an equaliser.


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