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Match Gallery: Accrington (A)

20 January 2020

Jason Demetriou’s second-half penalty ended Blues’ 16-game winless run as they deservedly beat Accrington Stanley 2-1 at the Wham Stadium.

The visitors had taken the lead through a superbly taken strike from Charlie Kelman early in the first-half only for Dion Charles to nod in an equaliser just six minutes later.

Accrington had a number of opportunities to take the lead go begging as Southend held firm, and after the restart, Sol Campbell’s side would go back in front from the penalty spot.

Brandon Goodship was brought down by Joe Pritchard, giving Demetriou the chance to retake the lead which he duly took as he rolled the ball beyond Josef Bursik.

Southend had chances to rubber-stamp the three points with Sam Barratt forcing a brilliant save from Bursik before striking the foot of his post moments later.

But it wouldn’t matter for Blues who picked up just their second win of the season, their first since September 21st, while Accrington suffered their third successive league defeat.

Campbell will feel that this win was just rewards for the improved performances his Southend side had put in in recent weeks, having drawn the previous three games prior to the visit to Lancashire.

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