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REPORT | Southend 1-1 Swindon

22 November 2016

REPORT | Southend United 1-1 Swindon Town

Blues were denied their third consecutive league win as Jonathon Obika's second half goal sent Swindon home with a point.

Will Atkinson had put Phil Brown's men in front early in the first half but Blues didn't make their first half dominance count which was to cost them.

In the end a point apiece extends Blues' unbeaten league run to seven games

Blues were forced into one change from Saturday's win over Bradford with the injured Ben Coker being replaced by Michael Timlin.

The first chance went the way of Blues and Adam Thompson who was closest to Stephen McLaughlin's knock-down but the Robins cleared the danger.

Five minutes later Blues were ahead in similar style to the opener against Bradford, via the left boot of the same man.

Atkinson pounced on Anthony Wordsworth's pass and from 12 yards slotted past Lawrence Vigouroux into the left hand corner, the opposite side to his first against the Bantams.

The game settled down after the goal and Swindon had a couple of forrays into the Blues penalty area, but Darnell's Furlong fired over and Sean Murray tested Mark Oxley who was up the the challenge and parried away.

But Blues found their rhythm again with Atkinson blazing one wide, Ranger having an effort blocked and McLaughlin drilling one millimeters wide following a deflection.

It was one-way traffic with Blues pressing to double their lead and doing everything but. Swindon weren't getting a moments rest but were just doing enough to keep the score at just 1-0.

Although chances were few and far between, the possession stats would have been heavily stacked in Blues' favour.

Minutes before the break Jason Demetriou, in his customary position high up, forced Vigouroux down low but the save was a regulation one.

Right on the stroke of half time Wordsworth had a free kick in a promising position but it was wasted and over the crossbar and the score remained just the one at the break.

HALF TIME: Southend 1-0 Swindon 

The second half picked up from where it finished.

Although very comfortable with what Swindon were offering in attack, Blues were also not testing Vigourouz as much as they would like.

Some how the score remained 1-0 to Blues in the 58th minute as Nathan Delfouneso squandered a golden chance. It was harder to miss for the former Aston Villa striker who, unmarked, headed wide from five yards out. 

It was a huge let off for Blues and a clear sign that 1-0 might not be enough.

Nile Ranger tried to inject some life into Blues with a neat turn just inside his half before running at the Swindon defence but scuffing his shot wide.

In the 65th minute Swindon again showed signs of life and were hugely unlucky not to be level, but Blues could thank Oxley for that.

A free kick from the by-line found Johnny Goddard whose first time effort was turned behind by the legs of Blues' number one.

Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill flashed a shot inches wide of the post before Blues woke up and Simon Cox volleyed wide.

But moments later Swnidon levelled. From back-to-front in a couple of passes, Jonathon Obika found the bottom right-hand corner, taking a delfection off Ryan Leonard on the way.

McLaughlin and Ranger combined with the latter trickling a shot wide before McLaughlin made Vigouroux react quickly at his near post.

Following the eqauliser, all the pressure was towards the South Stand and the goal which Vigouroux was guarding.

Demetriou volleyed against the head of a Swindon man and behind and from the resulting corner Wordsworth had a guilt-edged chance which he headed at Vigouroux.

It was backs against the wall defending from Swindon as several bodies on several occasions denied attempts on goal. 

Substitute Marc-Antoine Fortune's left-footed strike forced a brilliant save from Swindon's stopper who had himself a man of the match performance.

The last chance fell to Wordsworth who volleyed from 12 yards at the 'keeper, meaning the points were shared.

SOUTHEND XI | Oxley, Demetriou, Thompson, Ferdinand, Timlin, Atkinson, Wordsworth, Leonard, McLaughlin, Cox, Ranger (Fortune 77').

SUBS | Smith, O'Neill, Sokolik, Matsuzaka, King, McGlashan, Fortune.

SWINDON XI | Vigouroux, Ormonde-Ottewill, Thomas, Rodgers, Obika, Goddard (Smith 83'), Furlong, Murray (Norris 59'), Delfouneso, Jones, Rossi-Branco.

SUBS XI | Henry, Iandolo, Smith, Evans, Norris, Young, Twine. 

ATTENDANCE | 5,715 (166 away)

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