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Match Gallery: Southend 3-3 Portsmouth

18 February 2019

Southend completed a remarkable turnaround as a Simon Cox hat-trick helped Blues come from 3-0 down to secure a 3-3 draw against Portsmouth at Roots Hall...

The visitors looked to have blown the home side away with three goals in little over half-an-hour, starting when Bryn Morris thundered the ball in after eight minutes.

Portsmouth doubled their advantage when some slack defending from Southend allowed Ben Close to rip a half-volley into the bottom corner to put Pompey two clear.

That lead then became three after Morris struck the post and Oli Hawkins was on hand to score from the rebound to all but make the points, seemingly, safe for the visitors.

But Cox reduced the arrears just before the interval, nodding in a cross from Sam Hart before slotting away a penalty in the second-half following a foul on Michael Kightly.

And the comeback was complete when Timothee Dieng pulled off a delicious reverse ball into the run of Cox who curled in his hat-trick and completed an unbelievable turnaround.

The draw was scarcely believable and will hopefully give Southend some much needed momentum after a run of four games without a win, including Tuesday night’s defeat to Doncaster.

Read the full report here.

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