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Match Report: Southend United 1-1 Leeds United

22 July 2018

Southend United welcomed Championship side Leeds United to Roots Hall looking to build more fitness and also improve on the midweek 6-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.

Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United side proved to be difficult opponents with the game finishing 1-1 in front of 3,815 fans.

After an evenly contested first half, the two sides came into the break with a goal a piece, thanks to goals from Harry Lennon and Luke Ayling.

Samuel Saiz had the first chance of the game with a shot that whiskered past Oxley's far post.

Both teams continued to fight for early dominance but it was Leeds who continued to ask questions for The Blues defence as Kemar Roofe took the ball out of his feet and managed to take a powerful strike at goal, which ended up with a comfortable save for Oxley.

Chris Powell was made to make adjustments earlier than expected after Timothee Dieng had to be replaced by Luke Hyam just after eight minutes.

It took 17 minutes before the Blues had a chance at goal. Excellent work by Michael Kightly took him past the Leeds defence, but couldn’t get the connection he would’ve hoped for on his shot and it sailed over the bar.

The hosts took the lead just after 20 minutes as a corner taken by Kightly found the head of Harry Lennon which was slotted home beyond the keepers reach.

Southend came close to doubling their lead just eight minutes later after Stephen McLaughlin's shot from the edge box narrowly missed the bottom corner.

An excellent one-two move by Ayling and Forshaw resulted in an equaliser for the visitors giving Oxley no chance as Ayling’s shot curled in to the bottom corner.

The Blues bounced back immediately with an excellent pass and move attack before Simon Cox’s shot sliced wide of the goal. 

The two sides went in to the second half without making any substitutions.

Southend were the closest to taking the lead, 20 minutes in to the second half as Kightly’s cross which was flicked on by Cox looped towards the far post but Peacock-Farrell managed to catch it in time.

The visitors continued to apply pressure to The Blues but Chris Powell used his substitutes wisely to keep high energy amongst his team.

Oxley had to be alert after great play from Leeds resulted in a chance for both Dallas and Roofe - but Oxley pulled out an incredible double save to keep The Blues still in the game.

Leeds continued to show their quality as they became more dangerous on the attack as the game went on. Ayling’s shot from just six yards was superbly blocked by Turner in the dying moments of the game.

The last chance of the afternoon fell to the hosts after excellent play from Robinson and Ba in Leeds area but it was scrambled to safety.

The Whites continue their pre-season as they travel to Leyton Orient next Saturday.

Attendance: 3815 (988 away)

Southend starting XI: Oxley (C), Demetriou, Coker, Lennon, White, Mantom, Dieng, Kightly, McLaughlin, Cox, Hopper.

Leeds United starting XI: Peacock-Farrell, Ayling, Forshaw, Cooper (C), Roofe, Alioski, De Bock, Dallas, Saiz, Phillips, Berardi.

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