Southend and York played out a dire goalless draw of few clear-cut chances in League Two.

Jason Walker, standing unmarked and six yards from goal, headed Matty Blair's right-wing cross wide of the post after the break.

Blair then raced through on goal but was twice denied by sprawling Shrimpers keeper Paul Smith.

Chris Barker headed over for the hosts late on and Kevan Hurst fired wastefully off target at the death.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Southend United manager Paul Sturrock told BBC Essex:

"I thought our first half was a hangover from Tuesday night (a defeat at home to Aldershot). I did feel that the players looked a bit tentative and there was a lot of passes went astray.

"But the second half I felt that the players got on top of York, and the last 15 to 20 minutes there was only going to be one team winning that game.

"I thought the players felt a bit sorry for themselves early on in the game, but as it unfolded I thought we started to get near how we were playing earlier in the season.

"We put a lot of crosses into the box but things didn't drop for us."

York City manager Gary Mills told BBC Radio York:

"I thought we were excellent; [after playing] three games in a week and on this long journey, coming down here and playing how we played. I thought the first half was outstanding.

"I thought our movement, the way we kept the ball, opened them up... Our final ball in the last third let us down again which we've said on a few occasions this season, but we keep doing it, we keep getting in that last third and opening teams up.

"When we had to dig in second half and head it away at the back we did so, so we deserved the point. We could have had three but we definitely deserved a point, there's no two ways about that."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (4)

Southend

  • 01 Smith
  • 02 Clohessy
  • 03 Straker
  • 06 Cresswell
  • 23 Barker
  • 14 Hurst (Martin - 90' )
  • 26 Laird
  • 30 Woodyard
  • 07 Eastwood (Corr - 75' )
  • 20 Assombalonga
  • 21 Tomlin

Substitutes

  • 17 Bentley
  • 15 Phillips
  • 11 Martin
  • 19 Spicer
  • 10 Corr
  • 12 Clarke-Harris
  • 24 Benyon

York

  • 24 Ingham
  • 04 Smith
  • 06 Parslow
  • 16 Fyfield
  • 22 Carlisle
  • 08 Kerr
  • 17 Blair
  • 26 McLaughlin (Smith - 85' )
  • 28 Kearns (Oyebanjo - 88' )
  • 09 Walker
  • 10 Chambers

Substitutes

  • 01 Musselwhite
  • 02 Oyebanjo
  • 05 McGurk
  • 13 Smith
  • 20 Challinor
  • 07 Reed
  • 14 Johnson
Ref: Adcock
Att: 5,397

Match Stats

Shots

8 7

On target

2 4

Corners

7 8

Fouls

8 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:54 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +2:14

Effort from outside the penalty box by Alex Woodyard goes wide right of the target.

90:00 +0:08

Lanre Oyebanjo produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.

89:19 Substitution

Substitution David Martin joins the action as a substitute, replacing Kevan Hurst.

88:00 Substitution

Substitution Daniel Kearns leaves the field to be replaced by Lanre Oyebanjo.

86:27

Unfair challenge on Britt Assombalonga by Clarke Carlisle results in a free kick. Kevan Hurst crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Chris Smith. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Kevan Hurst from the right by-line, save made by Michael Ingham.

85:53

Kevan Hurst takes a shot. Save made by Michael Ingham.

84:57 Substitution

Substitution Patrick McLaughlin leaves the field to be replaced by Jonathan Smith.

83:51

Shot on goal by Kevan Hurst from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

82:22

Foul by Jamal Fyfield on Sean Clohessy, free kick awarded. The ball is swung over by Kevan Hurst, Britt Assombalonga has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

81:03

Foul by Scott Kerr on Kevan Hurst, free kick awarded. Kevan Hurst delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.

79:35

The ball is delivered by Gavin Tomlin, Clarke Carlisle manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Kevan Hurst from the right by-line, Chris Smith manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Kevan Hurst, save made by Daniel Parslow.

79:26

Centre by Sean Clohessy, clearance by Clarke Carlisle.

78:14

Ryan Cresswell has a headed effort at goal from just inside the penalty area that misses to the left of the goal.

77:41

Jason Walker concedes a free kick for a foul on Anthony Straker. Anthony Straker takes the free kick.

77:27

The ball is swung over by Sean Clohessy.

74:40 Substitution

Substitution Barry Corr on for Freddy Eastwood.

74:40

Foul by Gavin Tomlin on Jamal Fyfield, free kick awarded. Scott Kerr takes the free kick.

73:50

Daniel Parslow fouled by Kevan Hurst, the ref awards a free kick. Clarke Carlisle takes the indirect free kick.

71:16

Daniel Kearns gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sean Clohessy. Kevan Hurst crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance made by Chris Smith. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Kevan Hurst from the left by-line, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Parslow by Ryan Cresswell. Free kick taken by Michael Ingham.

70:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Ingham by Ryan Cresswell. Free kick taken by Michael Ingham.

69:44

Inswinging corner taken by Kevan Hurst.

68:07

Shot from long distance by Sean Clohessy misses to the right of the target.

65:51

Unfair challenge on Gavin Tomlin by Patrick McLaughlin results in a free kick. Sean Clohessy restarts play with the free kick. The referee blows for offside against Freddy Eastwood. Michael Ingham takes the indirect free kick.

64:53

Chris Barker concedes a free kick for a foul on Jason Walker. Free kick taken by Ashley Chambers.

61:31

Chris Smith challenges Britt Assombalonga unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Kevan Hurst.

60:00

Unfair challenge on Matty Blair by Kevan Hurst results in a free kick. Michael Ingham takes the indirect free kick.

59:33

Corner taken by Ryan Cresswell.

56:57

Matty Blair takes a shot. Save by Paul Smith. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Daniel Kearns played to the near post.

53:13

Jason Walker produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

51:29

Foul by Freddy Eastwood on Scott Kerr, free kick awarded. Scott Kerr takes the free kick.

48:15

Daniel Kearns takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Sean Clohessy manages to make a clearance. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Daniel Kearns from the right by-line to the near post, Chris Barker manages to make a clearance.

47:22

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Anthony Straker by Daniel Parslow. Paul Smith takes the direct free kick.

46:45

A cross is delivered by Sean Clohessy, save made by Michael Ingham.

45:31

Matty Blair takes a shot. Save by Paul Smith.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +0:54 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

43:42

The ball is crossed by Daniel Parslow, Daniel Kearns takes the outswinging corner, Chris Barker makes a clearance. Short corner taken by Daniel Kearns from the left by-line. Clearance made by Ryan Cresswell.

42:21

The ball is swung over by Kevan Hurst, Scott Kerr makes a clearance.

41:00

Foul by Gavin Tomlin on Daniel Kearns, free kick awarded. Clarke Carlisle takes the free kick.

38:24

The official flags Britt Assombalonga offside. Michael Ingham takes the indirect free kick.

36:04

Alex Woodyard sends in a cross.

34:59

The ball is sent over by Jamal Fyfield, Sean Clohessy makes a clearance.

32:19

Matty Blair takes a shot. Blocked by Sean Clohessy. Corner taken right-footed by Daniel Kearns from the left by-line to the near post, Alex Woodyard makes a clearance.

31:38

Corner taken by Daniel Kearns from the right by-line, Ryan Cresswell manages to make a clearance.

29:22

Inswinging corner taken by Daniel Kearns from the left by-line played to the near post, Freddy Eastwood manages to make a clearance.

27:53

Britt Assombalonga is ruled offside. Clarke Carlisle takes the free kick.

26:00

The referee blows for offside against Britt Assombalonga. Michael Ingham takes the indirect free kick.

24:12

Jason Walker sends in a cross.

23:27

Shot from long distance by Gavin Tomlin misses to the right of the target.

19:33

The referee blows for offside against Daniel Kearns. Paul Smith takes the free kick.

18:09

Patrick McLaughlin challenges Marc Laird unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Kevan Hurst.

18:00

The ball is swung over by Anthony Straker.

17:10

The ball is sent over by Kevan Hurst, Daniel Parslow manages to make a clearance.

16:34

Ashley Chambers takes a shot. Save by Paul Smith.

15:26

Ryan Cresswell crosses the ball.

15:11

Alex Woodyard crosses the ball, Daniel Parslow manages to make a clearance.

14:45

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Kevan Hurst from the left by-line, Chris Smith manages to make a clearance.

14:19

Daniel Parslow takes a shot. Gavin Tomlin gets a block in.

12:48

Gavin Tomlin delivers the ball, save made by Michael Ingham.

3:07

Britt Assombalonga takes a shot. Michael Ingham makes a save.

2:37

The ball is crossed by Sean Clohessy, save by Michael Ingham.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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