The media's views from Southend v Port ValeLOCAL VIEW
The Southend Echo
ANTHONY Wordsworth’s late equaliser secured Southend United a 1-1 draw in a frustrating encounter against struggling Port Vale at Roots Hall this afternoon.
The Shrimpers seemed set for a shock defeat when Chris Eagles headed Vale in front 12 minutes from time.
But Wordsworth’s 83rd minute strike meant play-off pushing Blues picked up a point.
The Yellow Advertiser
ANTHONY Wordsworth’s goal seven minutes from time earned Southend United a valuable Sky Bet League One draw after lowly Port Vale threatened to snatch all three points at Roots Hall following a Chris Eagles header.
Anthony Wordsworth's 83rd-minute equaliser rescued a 1-1 draw for Southend against struggling Port Vale at Roots Hall.
Vale have yet to win in any competition in 2017 but threatened to end the barren stretch when Chris Eagles broke the deadlock by heading home 12 minutes from time.
But Wordsworth struck from close range soon after to make sure of a point for the play-off chasing Shrimpers.
Port Vale caretaker manager Michael Brown said he was proud of his players after they took a point at promotion-chasing Southend, and almost claimed all three.
The Valiants went close in the first half through Nathan Smith and Sam Foley before taking the lead 12 minutes from time when Chris Eagles headed home Foley's free kick. Anthony Wordsworth levelled five minutes later to secure a 1-1 draw, but Brown was delighted with the attitude of a Vale team who lost Jerome Thomas just before the break, and Danny Pugh, just after, with injury.