Kevan Hurst's strike earned Southend a point after ex-Shrimpers striker Matt Harrold had put Bristol Rovers ahead.

The only incident of note before the break came in injury time when Jack Payne tumbled in the box but the hosts' penalty appeals fell on deaf ears.

The Shrimpers started the second half brighter but it was Harrold who broke the deadlock on 51 minutes, rising high to head home a Michael Smith cross.

Hurst replied on 67 minutes, turning 20 yards out to fire home left footed.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Southend boss Phil Brown told BBC Essex:

"I think the referee has got to be looking at the assistant to give him a hand. It's either inside the box or outside the box for a foul, or it's a booking for a dive.

"We've got a young lad [Jack Payne], and he's not a cheat. So why would he fall to ground, unless there's contact?

"He wasn't looking for the penalty, it's not something that he's been taught.

"He's gone down in the penalty area, if he carries on he's down the by-line and he puts a cross in and we may score."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (4)

Southend

  • 17 Bentley
  • 02 White
  • 05 Phillips (Payne - 23' )
  • 06 Prosser Booked
  • 23 Thompson
  • 11 Straker
  • 12 Atkinson
  • 14 Hurst
  • 18 Leonard
  • 07 Eastwood (Woodrow - 54' )
  • 10 Corr

Substitutes

  • 01 Smith
  • 27 Banton
  • 08 Timlin
  • 16 Clifford
  • 21 Payne
  • 09 Reid
  • 33 Woodrow

Bristol Rovers

  • 01 Mildenhall Booked
  • 02 Smith
  • 06 Parks
  • 14 Brown
  • 29 McChrystal Booked
  • 15 Norburn (Clucas - 71' )
  • 16 Bond
  • 30 Lockyer
  • 32 O'Toole Booked
  • 09 Harrold Booked
  • 26 Brunt (Harrison - 55' )

Substitutes

  • 20 Gough
  • 17 Harrison
  • 25 Clucas
  • 33 Santos
  • 07 Clarkson
  • 10 Richards
  • 18 Harding
Ref: Robinson
Att: 5,489

Match Stats

Shots

16 6

On target

5 4

Corners

12 5

Fouls

6 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +6:02 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +5:51

Steve Mildenhall takes the free kick.

90:00 +5:32

The official flags Barry Corr offside.

90:00 +5:04

Daniel Bentley takes the free kick.

90:00 +4:59 Booking

Booking

90:00 +4:59

The referee books Matt Harrold for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +4:35

Corner taken by Tom Lockyer from the left by-line.

90:00 +4:22

John-Joe O'Toole has an effort at goal. A parry by Daniel Bentley prevents the goal.

90:00 +3:21

Andy Bond has a direct shot on goal from the free kick and misses the right post.

90:00 +2:36

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Bond by Ryan Leonard.

90:00 +2:04

Clearance made by Steve Mildenhall.

90:00 +2:00

Corner taken by Kevan Hurst.

90:00 +0:26

Kevan Hurst produces a cross.

88:54

Cauley Woodrow takes a shot and cleared the goal.

88:35

Barry Corr heads at goal. Steve Mildenhall safely holds on.

85:22

Corner from the right by-line taken by Jack Payne.

84:36

Corner from the right by-line taken by Kevan Hurst.

83:42

Daniel Bentley takes the free kick.

83:33

Ryan Leonard fouled by Mark McChrystal, the ref awards a free kick.

83:20

Corner from the left by-line taken by Lee Brown.

82:38

Lee Brown restarts play with the free kick.

82:00

Ryan Leonard gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John-Joe O'Toole.

81:20

Kevan Hurst takes a shot and went wide of the right hand post.

79:42

Shot by Kevan Hurst went over.

78:59

Free kick taken by Steve Mildenhall.

77:52 Booking

Booking

77:52

Steve Mildenhall goes into the book.

77:40 Booking

Booking

77:40

Luke Prosser is given a yellow card.

76:43

Luke Prosser concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Smith.

76:29

Tom Parkes makes a clearance.

76:25

Corner from the left by-line taken by Adam Thompson.

76:04

Shot by Kevan Hurst.

75:36

Ryan Leonard restarts play with the free kick.

75:21

Corner taken by Seanan Clucas.

74:45

Andy Bond takes a shot.

73:33

Barry Corr takes a shot and went wide right of the net.

73:24

Free kick taken by Luke Prosser.

73:10

Ellis Harrison is caught offside.

71:51

Ryan Leonard takes a shot and missed to the left of the net.

70:52 Substitution

Substitution Oliver Norburn goes off and Seanan Clucas comes on.

67:45

Steve Mildenhall takes the free kick.

67:38

Cauley Woodrow challenges Mark McChrystal unfairly and gives away a free kick.

67:22

Oliver Norburn crosses the ball.

66:34

Assist on the goal came from John White.

66:34 Goal scored

Goal! - Kevan Hurst - Southend 1 - 1 Bristol R Kevan Hurst slots the ball left footed into the goal. Southend 1-1 Bristol Rovers.

59:05

Jack Payne crosses the ball in from the free kick.

58:45 Booking

Booking

58:45

John-Joe O'Toole is booked.

58:29

Foul by John-Joe O'Toole on Ryan Leonard, free kick awarded.

57:43

Corner taken by Adam Thompson from the left by-line.

56:23

Header by John White goes to the left of the goal.

56:19

Corner from the right by-line taken by Kevan Hurst.

55:10

Free kick taken by Steve Mildenhall.

54:59 Substitution

Substitution Ellis Harrison joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ryan Brunt.

54:32

Free kick crossed by Kevan Hurst.

53:56

Mark McChrystal goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

53:56 Booking

Booking

53:49 Substitution

Substitution Freddy Eastwood leaves the field to be replaced by Cauley Woodrow.

53:30

Foul by Mark McChrystal on Ryan Leonard, free kick awarded.

53:10

Corner from the right by-line taken by Jack Payne.

50:58

Assist by Michael Smith.

50:58 Goal scored

Goal! - Matt Harrold - Southend 0 - 1 Bristol R Matt Harrold grabs a goal with a headed effort. Southend 0-1 Bristol Rovers.

50:45

Michael Smith produces a cross.

48:26

Header at goal by John White misses to the right.

48:21

Corner taken by Kevan Hurst.

48:08

Ryan Leonard takes a shot.

45:22

Kevan Hurst takes the free kick.

45:16

Mark McChrystal concedes a free kick for a foul on Barry Corr.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:46 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +1:33

Andy Bond takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Daniel Bentley blocks the ball.

43:19

Corner taken by Jack Payne from the right by-line.

41:37

Free kick taken by Daniel Bentley.

41:27

Foul by Ryan Brunt on John White, free kick awarded.

41:05

Shot by Freddy Eastwood. Steve Mildenhall makes a block.

40:49

Corner taken by Jack Payne.

37:38

The ball is swung over by Michael Smith.

37:09

Clearance by Ryan Leonard.

37:02

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

36:27

Free kick taken by Lee Brown.

35:53

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Harrold by Adam Thompson.

35:14

Shot by Ryan Leonard went wide left of the target.

32:24

Ryan Leonard takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.

31:09

Will Atkinson takes the free kick.

31:03

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Leonard by Oliver Norburn.

29:23

Daniel Bentley restarts play with the free kick.

29:05

Foul by John-Joe O'Toole on Ryan Leonard, free kick awarded.

27:52

Header by John White goes to the left of the goal.

27:43

Corner from the right by-line taken by Jack Payne.

26:45

The ball is crossed by Kevan Hurst.

26:28

Corner taken by Kevan Hurst.

26:00

Freddy Eastwood takes a shot.

23:51

The ball is swung over by Kevan Hurst.

23:34

John White takes the free kick.

23:23

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Brown on Kevan Hurst.

22:07 Substitution

Substitution Jack Payne joins the action as a substitute, replacing Mark Phillips.

18:58

Luke Prosser makes a clearance.

18:52

Corner taken by Lee Brown from the left by-line.

18:20

Free kick taken by Lee Brown.

18:14

Luke Prosser challenges Matt Harrold unfairly and gives away a free kick.

11:41

Tom Parkes takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.

10:41

Free kick taken by Steve Mildenhall.

10:26

The assistant referee flags for offside against Freddy Eastwood.

10:20

The referee blows for offside.

1:36

Free kick taken by Steve Mildenhall.

0:40

Free kick crossed by Anthony Straker.

0:18

John White fouled by Matt Harrold, the ref awards a free kick.

0:00

The match begins.

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