Southend's Ryan Leonard scored late in each half to narrowly beat Portsmouth.

Pompey dominated the first period and after Shrimpers keeper Daniel Bentley made three good saves, Sonny Bradley finally broke through, sidefooting home Ashley Harris' right-wing corner.

But the hosts equalised when a deflected long-range shot from Leonard flew in to the bottom corner.

Lee Wallace hit the crossbar for Pompey before Leonard fired home Barry Corr's pass two minutes into stoppage time.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Southend United manager Phil Brown told BBC Essex:

Post-match: Southend boss Brown

"We just about deserved it. We rode our luck, Dan Bentley produced one or two saves in the first half.

"We got the goal at the right time, it probably killed their momentum a little bit.

"The boys are really up for the challenge, and we responded admirably. What a strike from Leonard for the winning goal - it was pure quality. It's probably the sweetest he's ever hit a ball.

"These guys in the changing room have got so much belief in what we're trying to achieve this year, they just get on with it."

Portsmouth manager Richie Barker told BBC Radio Solent:

Post-match: Pompey boss Barker

"I'm devastated for the players, they put in so much effort. The work rate was fantastic, they did everything we've asked them to do and the only thing they didn't really do was probably compete with the long ball - for the first time really because they've dealt with everything so far - so, disappointed.

"I'd say if you take into consideration away from home against a team that are probably going to finish in the play-offs at least, in conditions like they were, with the number of people we've got missing, then arguably probably yes [that was the best performance so far of my reign]. Short of numbers, three games in a week and in shocking conditions and they've competed with one of the best teams in the division.

"We've conceded in the minute before half time and a minute before the end of the game, so unfortunately it's one of those cruel things, you've got to see the game through."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Southend United

  • 17 Bentley
  • 02 White
  • 03 Coker
  • 18 Leonard
  • 05 Phillips
  • 06 Prosser
  • 12 Atkinson (Clifford - 82' )
  • 08 Timlin
  • 33 Woodrow (Eastwood - 68' )
  • 14 Hurst
  • 11 Straker (Corr - 40' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Smith
  • 04 Laird
  • 07 Eastwood
  • 10 Corr
  • 16 Clifford
  • 21 Payne
  • 23 Thompson

Portsmouth

  • 40 Carson
  • 05 Devera
  • 14 Painter
  • 31 Racon
  • 03 N'Gala
  • 06 Bradley
  • 35 Wallace
  • 36 Whatmough
  • 18 Bird
  • 09 Connolly Booked (Padovani - 69' )
  • 11 Holmes (Harris - 20' )

Substitutes

  • 08 Padovani
  • 13 Ertl
  • 21 Harris (Padovani - 83' )
  • 23 Agyemang
  • 24 Awford
  • 25 Sullivan
  • 30 Maloney
Ref: David Phillips
Att: 7,736

Match Stats

Shots

12 12

On target

7 6

Corners

6 8

Fouls

13 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Southend United 2, Portsmouth 1.

90:00 +4:13 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Southend United 2, Portsmouth 1.

90:00 +3:34

Foul by Freddy Eastwood (Southend United).

90:00 +3:34

Romain Padovani (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:42 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southend United 2, Portsmouth 1. Ryan Leonard (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Barry Corr.

89:54

Barry Corr (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89:54

Foul by Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth).

87:57

Attempt missed. Ben Coker (Southend United) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

87:09

Ryan Leonard (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:09

Foul by Therry Racon (Portsmouth).

86:27

Attempt saved. Kevan Hurst (Southend United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

85:53

Hand ball by Ryan Bird (Portsmouth).

84:25

Foul by Kevan Hurst (Southend United).

84:25

Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:08

Foul by Barry Corr (Southend United).

83:08

Therry Racon (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

82:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portsmouth. Romain Padovani replaces Ashley Harris.

81:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southend United. Conor Clifford replaces Will Atkinson.

80:54

Attempt saved. Therry Racon (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

79:47

Attempt missed. Freddy Eastwood (Southend United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

78:30

Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

73:19

Freddy Eastwood (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:19

Foul by Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth).

72:24

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Sonny Bradley.

70:45

Attempt saved. Kevan Hurst (Southend United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

70:01

Attempt missed. Joe Devera (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

68:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portsmouth. Patrick Agyemang replaces David Connolly.

68:23

Foul by John White (Southend United).

68:23

Ashley Harris (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:01

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Marcos Painter.

67:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southend United. Freddy Eastwood replaces Cauley Woodrow.

66:36

Attempt missed. Ashley Harris (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

64:28

Foul by Barry Corr (Southend United).

64:28

Ashley Harris (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:44

Ryan Leonard (Southend United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

62:44

Foul by Joe Devera (Portsmouth).

60:08

Foul by Ryan Leonard (Southend United).

60:08

Marcos Painter (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

58:34

Ryan Leonard (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

58:34

Foul by Ashley Harris (Portsmouth).

57:55

Attempt saved. Barry Corr (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

57:11

Barry Corr (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:11

Foul by Bondz N'Gala (Portsmouth).

56:01

Attempt missed. Kevan Hurst (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

55:22

Hand ball by Joe Devera (Portsmouth).

54:48

Attempt missed. Ryan Bird (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is too high.

54:24

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Ben Coker.

53:54

Foul by Cauley Woodrow (Southend United).

53:54

Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

53:10

Will Atkinson (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

53:10

Foul by Ryan Bird (Portsmouth).

51:33

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Bondz N'Gala.

47:13

Attempt missed. Barry Corr (Southend United) header from the centre of the box is too high.

45:53

Foul by Luke Prosser (Southend United).

45:53

David Connolly (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Southend United 1, Portsmouth 1.

45:00 +4:07 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Southend United 1, Portsmouth 1.

45:00 +2:42

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Bondz N'Gala.

45:00 +1:05

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Ben Coker.

45:00 +0:50

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Daniel Bentley.

45:00 +0:41

Attempt saved. Therry Racon (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

44:44 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southend United 1, Portsmouth 1. Ryan Leonard (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Barry Corr.

41:22

Attempt saved. Cauley Woodrow (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

39:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southend United. Barry Corr replaces Anthony Straker.

36:29

Attempt missed. Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

36:17

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Daniel Bentley.

36:06

Attempt saved. Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

32:37

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Bondz N'Gala.

31:29

Cauley Woodrow (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:29

Foul by Therry Racon (Portsmouth).

29:12 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southend United 0, Portsmouth 1. Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Ashley Harris following a corner.

28:42

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Ben Coker.

27:26

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Joe Devera.

25:51

Foul by Michael Timlin (Southend United).

25:51

David Connolly (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:33 Booking

Booking David Connolly (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

21:03

Ben Coker (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

21:03

Foul by Ryan Bird (Portsmouth).

20:34

Foul by Ben Coker (Southend United).

20:34

Ryan Bird (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:09

Will Atkinson (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:09

Foul by Jack Whatmough (Portsmouth).

19:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portsmouth. Ashley Harris replaces Ricky Holmes because of an injury.

19:25

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Daniel Bentley.

16:43

Attempt saved. Ryan Leonard (Southend United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

14:58

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Daniel Bentley.

14:44

Attempt saved. Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

11:51

Attempt missed. Bondz N'Gala (Portsmouth) header from very close range is just a bit too high.

11:31

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Daniel Bentley.

10:30

Foul by Ryan Leonard (Southend United).

10:30

Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

9:00

Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

8:56

Foul by John White (Southend United).

7:32

Attempt missed. Michael Timlin (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

3:15

Foul by Cauley Woodrow (Southend United).

3:15

Joe Devera (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

1:23

Attempt saved. Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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