Charlie Kelman’s injury-time penalty secured Blues a point on the road at AFC Wimbledon as they began 2020 with a 1-1 draw at the Cherry Red Records Stadium.
In a first-half of mostly half-chances for both sides, Callum Reilly produced the only bit of real quality to open the scoring, firing into the top corner midway through the half.
The visitors looked threatening after the restart and Sam Mantom had a couple of goalbound efforts deflect wide of Nathan Trott’s goal.
Likewise, Wimbledon had a number of chances to put daylight between the two sides but it looked like Reilly’s first-half strike would be enough to seal the home side all three points.
That was until the first minute of stoppage time when Kelman was brought down inside the penalty box before firing his spot-kick through Nathan Trott to earn Southend a point.
The draw wasn’t enough to end Blues’ winless run in the league which extended to 15 matches, but it may be the result needed to kick start their disappointing campaign.