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Stephen McLaughlin’s first half leveller secured Southend United a 1-1 draw with struggling Shrewsbury Town at Roots Hall.
The bottom of the table Shrews - who had manager Paul Hurst in charge for the first time - went in front with Adam El-Abd breaking the deadlock in stunning style.
But McLaughlin’s fifth goal of the season ensured a share of the spoils for the Shrimpers.
Southend United extended their unbeaten Sky Bet League One sequence to four matches thanks to Stephen McLaughlin’s first-half equaliser but were left frustrated by struggling Shrewsbury Town who fully deserved a share of the spoils.
Manager Paul Hurst started his spell in charge of Shrewsbury Town with a draw at Southend United.
The bottom-placed Shrews, who had gone 10 games without a win prior to Hurst’s arrival earlier this week, went in front through Adam El-Abd but Stephen McLaughlin’s leveller meant the game ended all square at Roots Hall.
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Paul Hurst took charge of his first game as Town manager with a tough looking fixture away to in form Southend United.
Town got their noses in front via El And who hit a sweetly hit half volley that flew in from 25 yards out.
The scores were level on 39 minutes after Southend counter attacked down their left, Cox played a ball for McLaughlin to run onto and drove into the box before hitting a low shot that went under Leutwiler to make it 1-1.
Town drew 1-1 with Southend United at Roots Hall after returning skipper Adam El-Abd thumped a first-half thunderbolt into the top corner, only to be pegged back five minutes before the break.
But as the hosts saw more of the football during the second period, Hurst’s charges looked largely comfortable despite a torrent of balls into their 18-yard box.