Match report from today's game at the ABAX Stadium
Southend United earned a hard-fought draw against Peterborough United at the ABAX stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Blues showed strength at the back, and had chances to snatch all three points.
The game could have been cruelly snatched away from the Blues in stoppage time, but Daniel Bentley re-performed his Wembley heroics with a late save, denying a Boro spot kick in the dying seconds.
Phil Brown rang the changes going in to this one, making five alterations from the defeat to Swindon last time out, handing a debut to loan signing, Stephen Hendrie.
The first real chance of the game went to home side, when Erhun Oztumer hit a thunderous swerving effort inside the first ten minutes.
Bentley did well to tip the powerful strike over the woodwork, and the subsequent corner was dealt with comfortably by the Blues, lining up in a 5-3-2 formation.
Southend had a great chance to opening the scoring when Tyrone Barnett, met a Jack Payne corner with his head. Posh keeper, Ben Alwick was forced in to point-blank save to deny the former Peterborough man on 11’.
Southend, sporting their luminous yellow away strip, enjoyed much of the opening exchanges, spraying the ball about well.
Posh went close on 22 minutes when Conor Washington charged at the Blues backline, but dragged his shot wide.
Oztumer again tried his luck on 32’ with a low drive just inside the box, but his shot was met with a convincing Bentley block.
Despite a half of few chances, Southend looked solid in possession and in defence, and went in to the break very much in the game.
Half-Time Peterborough 0-0 Southend United
Peterborough came closest to breaking the deadlock in the second period, when Lee Angol, who was questionably in an offside position met a cross with his head on 47 minutes.
Bentley did remarkably well to stop the goal-bound effort, and again showed his determination to not be beaten, by denying Washington shortly after.
Clear-cut chances were few and far between, but Southend looked every bit as likely to open the scoring with some good build-up play from the midfield.
The away side were re-finding the same steel resolve at the back as they had done in the first-half of the season; Bentley denying a long shot from Samuelsen on 67’.
Barnett ran at the Boro defence with just less than 20 to go, following a quick free-kick but his strike was blocked.
Southend went even closer to opening the scoring a couple of minutes later as Payne was set through on the right. The playmaker’s shot flashed across the post with no elusive flick on the way.
Despite both teams continuing to knock at the door, there was simply no budging from either side.
That was until stoppage time, when the referee gave Peterborough a penalty and a chance to cruelly snatch a point away from Southend.
Forrester stepped up with the home fans ready to celebrate, but it was the visiting end who went wild as Bentley ensured it ended goalless, saving low to his right.
Southend: Bentley, O’Neill, Barrett ©, Thompson, Bolger, Hendrie, Leonard, Atkinson, Deegan, Payne, Barnett (Hunt 81’).
Subs: T.Smith, Worrall, Timlin, Mooney, Hurst, Hunt, Kipriani
Booked: Bolger (29’)
Peterborough United: Alwick, Smith, Baldwin, Oztumer, Santos, Washington, Beautyman (Taylor 62’), Angol (Maddison 67’), Forrester, Samuelsen, Wilson (Ntlhe 74’).
Subs: Henry, Ntlhe, Taylor, Maddison, Coulibaly, Addison, Nicholson.
Attendance; 7,057 (959 Southend)