Southend were made to settle for a point against Oxford United as Simon Cox’s opener was quickly cancelled out by Wes Thomas in a 1-1 draw at Roots Hall...
Cox gave Southend the lead in the 19th minute with a tap-in after he was found by a low, fizzing cross into the penalty area by Stephen McLaughlin.
The lead lasted less than three minutes though before Thomas outmuscled Anton Ferdinand to get through on goal before calmly slotting the ball beyond Mark Oxley.
Before the break, both sides hit the woodwork with Josh Wright hitting the crossbar at one end before Josh Ruffels followed suit right on half-time.
Oxford had a string of chances early in the second-half wit Jack Payne going close to scoring against his former side only for Jason Demetriou to clear his former team-mate’s effort off the line.
And Blues themselves had two goals disallowed for offside, denying Michael Turner of his first for the club before Nile Ranger’s header was ruled out shortly after coming on.
The draw maintains Southend’s unbeaten league start at home but it was will be seen as another two points dropped by Phil Brown after drawing in midweek against MK Dons.