Substitute Barry Corr's late header earned Southend United a point against Fleetwood Town but the draw did little for either side's play-off chances.

Alan Goodall's close-range header put the visitors ahead on two minutes and they dominated until the closing stages against a lacklustre Blues side.

Gareth Evans should have made it 2-0 from the spot after a Ryan Cresswell handball but Paul Smith saved.

And Corr made the Cod Army pay when he headed in Britt Assombalonga's cross.

Southend could not muster a shot before the break but a lively finale sparked by Corr's introduction could easily have seen them take all three points and earn Phil Brown a first victory as manager.

Mark Laird had a great chance but his header was easily saved and the Blues are now six points adrift of the League Two play-off places with just five games remaining.

Fleetwood are three points behind Exeter, who occupy the final play-off position, but have played a game more.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Southend United manager Phil Brown told BBC Essex:

"I was disappointed to tell you the truth.

"What the players gave me on Friday (2-2 at Bradford), I thought if we produce the same kind of form, commitment and attitude, we'd come away with our first win under my tenure.

"But it wasn't to be. It was a bit like 'pass and you do it, pass and you do it', instead of grasping the nettle.

"I wanted a few [players] to put a marker down for the JPT final at Wembley, one or two did on Friday, but today we didn't do enough of that."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4)

Southend

  • 01 Smith
  • 02 Clohessy
  • 03 Straker
  • 06 Cresswell
  • 15 Phillips Booked
  • 14 Hurst
  • 28 Bilel (Corr - 69' )
  • 29 Mkandawire
  • 07 Eastwood (Laird - 58' )
  • 20 Assombalonga
  • 21 Tomlin

Substitutes

  • 17 Bentley
  • 04 Spillane
  • 18 Leonard
  • 12 Lund
  • 26 Laird
  • 32 Njie
  • 10 Corr

Fleetwood Town

  • 01 Davies
  • 06 Pond
  • 13 Goodall
  • 15 McLaughlin Booked
  • 27 R Edwards
  • 11 Nicholson
  • 12 Brown
  • 18 McGuire
  • 37 McKenna
  • 10 Matt (Fontaine - 66' Booked )
  • 32 Evans (Crowther - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 33 Lucas
  • 02 Beeley
  • 04 Barry
  • 05 Fontaine
  • 24 Crowther
  • 14 Mangan
  • 26 Ball
Ref: Mark Heywood
Att: 5,107

Match Stats

Shots

6 8

On target

2 3

Corners

3 5

Fouls

4 15

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:44 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +4:19

Ryan Crowther takes the outswinging corner, Ryan Cresswell makes a clearance.

90:00 +3:58

Barry Nicholson takes a shot. Paul Smith makes a save.

90:00 +1:56

A cross is delivered by Anthony Straker, save made by Scott Davies.

90:00 +0:08

Anthony Straker fouled by Jean-Michel Fontaine, the ref awards a free kick. Sean Clohessy takes the direct free kick.

87:57

Gavin Tomlin is caught offside. Scott Davies takes the free kick.

85:16

Britt Assombalonga provided the assist for the goal.

85:16 Goal scored

Goal! - Barry Corr - Southend 1 - 1 Fleetwood Barry Corr grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Southend 1-1 Fleetwood Town.

84:01

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Kevan Hurst.

83:52

Anthony Straker delivers the ball, clearance made by Nathan Pond.

82:35 Substitution

Substitution (Fleetwood Town) makes a substitution, with Ryan Crowther coming on for Gareth Evans.

78:36

Paul McKenna concedes a free kick for a foul on Sean Clohessy. Gavin Tomlin restarts play with the free kick.

77:16

Free kick taken by Sean Clohessy.

77:16 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Jean-Michel Fontaine for unsporting behaviour.

77:04

Jean-Michel Fontaine challenges Ryan Cresswell unfairly and gives away a free kick.

75:23

The free kick is swung in right-footed by Kevan Hurst, save made by Scott Davies.

75:23 Booking

Booking Conor McLaughlin receives a caution.

75:18

Barry Corr fouled by Conor McLaughlin, the ref awards a free kick.

73:47

Kevan Hurst has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.

73:20

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Kevan Hurst, clearance by Jean-Michel Fontaine.

70:14

The ball is sent over by Conor McLaughlin.

69:16

Corner taken by Junior Brown from the right by-line.

68:49

A cross is delivered by Anthony Straker, Kevan Hurst takes a shot. Save made by Scott Davies.

68:34

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Kevan Hurst from the right by-line.

68:09 Substitution

Substitution Barry Corr on for Bilel Mohsni.

67:56

Bilel Mohsni takes a shot. Conor McLaughlin gets a block in.

67:17

Jamie McGuire has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.

65:49 Substitution

Substitution Jean-Michel Fontaine comes on in place of Jamille Matt.

65:21

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamille Matt on Tamika Mkandawire. Sean Clohessy takes the direct free kick.

62:35

Bilel Mohsni takes a shot.

60:06

Handball by Mark Phillips. Free kick taken by Junior Brown.

58:44

Kevan Hurst has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.

57:25 Substitution

Substitution Marc Laird comes on in place of Freddy Eastwood.

56:52

Unfair challenge on Ryan Cresswell by Jamille Matt results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Ryan Cresswell.

55:53

Gareth Evans fouled by Kevan Hurst, the ref awards a free kick. Alan Goodall takes the direct free kick.

49:21

Unfair challenge on Britt Assombalonga by Nathan Pond results in a free kick. Kevan Hurst takes the direct free kick.

47:57

A cross is delivered by Sean Clohessy, Conor McLaughlin manages to make a clearance.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +1:07 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

41:23

Gareth Evans produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save by Paul Smith.

41:23 Booking

Booking Mark Phillips shown a yellow card.

41:18

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Phillips on Jamille Matt.

39:11

Alan Goodall challenges Bilel Mohsni unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Kevan Hurst.

38:16 Penalty

Penalty taken by Gareth Evans saved by Paul Smith. Southend 0-1 Fleetwood Town.

36:54

Alan Goodall sends in a cross. Ryan Cresswell is penalised for a handball.

33:00

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul McKenna by Kevan Hurst. Alan Goodall takes the free kick.

32:12

The assistant referee flags for offside against Junior Brown. Free kick taken by Paul Smith.

30:31

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul McKenna on Tamika Mkandawire. Anthony Straker takes the direct free kick.

29:24

The assistant referee signals for offside against Jamille Matt. Free kick taken by Paul Smith.

27:41

Gareth Evans produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.

26:31

Conor McLaughlin challenges Bilel Mohsni unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Phillips takes the free kick.

23:25

Jamille Matt challenges Anthony Straker unfairly and gives away a free kick. Bilel Mohsni takes the free kick.

21:43

The assistant referee flags for offside against Anthony Straker. Scott Davies takes the free kick.

20:16

Effort from long range by Gareth Evans goes wide right of the target.

19:41

Corner taken left-footed by Junior Brown.

18:56

Ryan Cresswell concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie McGuire. Scott Davies takes the direct free kick.

17:50

Gareth Evans produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

16:25

Kevan Hurst crosses the ball.

15:40

Foul by Jamille Matt on Mark Phillips, free kick awarded. Paul Smith restarts play with the free kick.

13:28

Jamie McGuire has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

12:58

The ball is swung over by Jamille Matt, Sean Clohessy manages to make a clearance.

11:19

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

10:18

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bilel Mohsni by Jamie McGuire. Kevan Hurst takes the free kick.

9:13

Sean Clohessy is ruled offside. Scott Davies takes the direct free kick.

5:23

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bilel Mohsni by Jamie McGuire. Paul Smith takes the free kick.

3:36

Jamille Matt challenges Bilel Mohsni unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Smith.

3:10

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Junior Brown from the right by-line, Sean Clohessy makes a clearance.

1:07

Assist on the goal came from Junior Brown.

1:07 Goal scored

Goal! - Alan Goodall - Southend 0 - 1 Fleetwood Alan Goodall grabs a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Southend 0-1 Fleetwood Town.

0:54

Corner taken left-footed by Junior Brown to the near post,

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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