Burton booked a place in the League Two play-off final against Fleetwood after earning a 2-2 draw against Southend.

The Brewers, last year's losing semi-finalists, held a 1-0 lead going into the second leg and Marcus Holness gave them a two-goal cushion on 21 minutes.

But the hosts went in ahead at half-time, and level on aggregate, thanks to Ryan Leonard's audacious overhead kick and a header from Anthony Straker.

But Adam McGurk struck in the second half to send Burton to Wembley.

It was McGurk who was the hero in the first leg at the Pirelli Stadium and he popped up with his 12th of the season to rescue Burton.

Burton v Southend this season

  • Burton finished sixth in the table, one place behind Southend
  • The Brewers won 19, drew 15 and lost 12 games in the regular season - the same record as their play-off opponents
  • Southend beat Burton 1-0 twice this season but lost by the same scoreline in the play-off semi-final first leg.

The Brewers' progression to Wembley, under manager Gary Rowett, will help erase the memories of last year's defeat by Bradford at the same stage and it comes five years after their promotion from non-league.

In a lively first half at Roots Hall, Burton saw two free-kicks saved well by Daniel Bentley early on.

But the Shrimpers keeper was unable to keep out Holness's bullet header, which came from Chris Hussey's set-piece.

Going two behind on aggregate seemed to spark Phil Brown's Southend into action, and they fought back in style.

Influential midfielder Ben Coker headed the ball down to Leonard's feet and he flicked home an acrobatic kick to make it 1-1 on the day.

And seven minutes later Southend grabbed their second, when Michael Timlin floated a cross into the box and it was nodded in by Straker for his sixth of the season.

With the aggregate score level at 2-2, the second half was a more tense affair but it was Burton who took the advantage, as Hussey's free-kick ricocheted around the box and McGurk turned it past Bentley.

Southend pushed to find an equaliser and they thought they had found it when, at the start of the six minutes of injury time, the ball fell to Leonard but he placed his volley agonisingly wide.

Jack Payne then hit straight at Brewers keeper Dean Lyness and time ran out for the Shrimpers, who will now tackle a fifth consecutive year in League Two.

Southend United manager Phil Brown told BBC Essex:

"I'm sad for the players in there, to tell you the truth. I've been saying it all season and it's true that we've got a young group.

"The learning curve is to take this feeling which we're all feeling at the moment, which is sadness, and you can use these bad moments and use it to your advantage.

"We have a pre-season to prepare now and we've said to the players to make sure they stay healthy during the summer and then we'll come back and hit the ground running.

"We had done the job at half-time, but we just needed to stay calm and get over the winning line."

Burton Albion manager Gary Rowett told BBC Radio Derby:

"It was an amazing game. They deserve a place at Wembley.

"I'm proud because it's a culmination of lots of games. It's not about feeling proud of anything I want to achieve. I'm proud for the group.

"The rest of the lads are bouncing around with the champagne. Me and my assistant Kev are absolutely drained. We're exhausted.

"Give me a glass of red wine, let me sit down for a little bit and I'll be OK in two hours."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (5)

Southend United

  • 17 Bentley
  • 02 White
  • 03 Coker
  • 18 Leonard
  • 35 Sokolik
  • 32 Egan Booked
  • 12 Atkinson (Payne - 79' )
  • 08 Timlin Booked (Clifford - 65' )
  • 10 Corr
  • 14 Hurst
  • 11 Straker (Eastwood - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Smith
  • 06 Prosser
  • 07 Eastwood
  • 15 Murphy
  • 16 Clifford
  • 21 Payne
  • 39 Barnard

Burton Albion

  • 16 Lyness
  • 02 Edwards Booked
  • 03 Hussey Booked
  • 07 Bell
  • 25 Cansdell-Sherriff
  • 21 Holness
  • 26 Gray (MacDonald - 64' )
  • 08 Weir Booked
  • 20 McGurk
  • 18 Knowles (Kee - 53' Booked )
  • 15 McFadzean

Substitutes

  • 01 Lainton
  • 05 Diamond
  • 09 Alexander
  • 11 MacDonald
  • 23 Palmer
  • 28 Symes
  • 29 Kee
Ref: Paul Tierney
Att: 9,696

Match Stats

Shots

17 11

On target

8 7

Corners

4 4

Fouls

18 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Southend United 2, Burton Albion 2.

90:00 +6:26 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Southend United 2, Burton Albion 2.

90:00 +5:36 Booking

Booking Billy Kee (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +5:25

Conor Clifford (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +5:25

Foul by Billy Kee (Burton Albion).

90:00 +4:12

Attempt saved. Jack Payne (Southend United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Barry Corr.

90:00 +1:47

Attempt missed. Ryan Leonard (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Kevan Hurst following a corner.

90:00 +1:21

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff.

90:00 +0:23

Foul by Ryan Leonard (Southend United).

90:00 +0:23

Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

89:45

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

88:53

Delay in match Lee Bell (Burton Albion) because of an injury.

88:46

Foul by John Egan (Southend United).

88:46

Lee Bell (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:10

Hand ball by Philip Edwards (Burton Albion).

85:46

Offside, Burton Albion. Philip Edwards tries a through ball, but Adam McGurk is caught offside.

85:15 Booking

Booking John Egan (Southend United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

85:10

Foul by John Egan (Southend United).

85:10

Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

83:50

Foul by Jack Payne (Southend United).

83:50

Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:59

Attempt saved. Chris Hussey (Burton Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adam McGurk.

82:00

Attempt saved. Ryan Leonard (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kevan Hurst.

80:58

Foul by Barry Corr (Southend United).

80:58

Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:48

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

79:48

Foul by Chris Hussey (Burton Albion).

78:45 Booking

Booking Philip Edwards (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card.

78:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southend United. Jack Payne replaces Will Atkinson.

77:38

Attempt missed. Freddy Eastwood (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kevan Hurst with a headed pass.

75:18

Attempt saved. Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Chris Hussey with a cross.

74:27

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

73:04

Delay in match Philip Edwards (Burton Albion) because of an injury.

72:07

John Egan (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:07

Foul by Billy Kee (Burton Albion).

71:40

Attempt blocked. Ryan Leonard (Southend United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by John White.

71:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southend United. Freddy Eastwood replaces Anthony Straker.

70:15

Foul by Jakub Sokolik (Southend United).

70:15

Billy Kee (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

68:53 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southend United 2, Burton Albion 2. Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff following a set piece situation.

68:30

Foul by Kevan Hurst (Southend United).

68:30

Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

67:49

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Conor Clifford.

66:59

Foul by John White (Southend United).

66:59

Chris Hussey (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

65:49

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

65:49

Foul by Robbie Weir (Burton Albion).

64:55

Foul by Kevan Hurst (Southend United).

64:55

Chris Hussey (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

64:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southend United. Conor Clifford replaces Michael Timlin.

63:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. Alexander MacDonald replaces David Gray.

62:20

Attempt saved. Billy Kee (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

61:31 Booking

Booking Michael Timlin (Southend United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

60:50

Foul by Michael Timlin (Southend United).

60:50

Lee Bell (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:42

Attempt blocked. Michael Timlin (Southend United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Leonard.

57:02

Attempt missed. Lee Bell (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Adam McGurk.

55:50

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Ben Coker.

55:20

Foul by Will Atkinson (Southend United).

55:20

David Gray (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:46

John Egan (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:46

Foul by Adam McGurk (Burton Albion).

53:33

Attempt missed. Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Philip Edwards.

52:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. Billy Kee replaces Dominic Knowles.

52:09

Anthony Straker (Southend United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

52:09

Foul by Philip Edwards (Burton Albion).

45:31

Offside, Burton Albion. Marcus Holness tries a through ball, but Adam McGurk is caught offside.

45:26

Attempt saved. Ryan Leonard (Southend United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Barry Corr.

45:00

Second Half begins Southend United 2, Burton Albion 1.

45:00 +3:52 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Southend United 2, Burton Albion 1.

45:00 +3:36

Attempt missed. Jakub Sokolik (Southend United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Coker with a cross following a set piece situation.

45:00 +3:03

Barry Corr (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00 +3:03

Foul by Marcus Holness (Burton Albion).

45:00 +1:04 Booking

Booking Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:00 +0:45

John White (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00 +0:45

Foul by Robbie Weir (Burton Albion).

44:25

Attempt missed. Callum McFadzean (Burton Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by David Gray.

43:23

Foul by Michael Timlin (Southend United).

43:23

Lee Bell (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:37

Attempt blocked. Callum McFadzean (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Robbie Weir.

39:43

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by John White.

38:39 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southend United 2, Burton Albion 1. Anthony Straker (Southend United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Michael Timlin with a cross.

38:14 Booking

Booking Chris Hussey (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card.

31:10 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southend United 1, Burton Albion 1. Ryan Leonard (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ben Coker with a headed pass following a corner.

30:46

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Philip Edwards.

29:02

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

29:02

Foul by David Gray (Burton Albion).

27:06

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Jakub Sokolik.

26:28

Attempt missed. Barry Corr (Southend United) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Kevan Hurst with a cross following a set piece situation.

25:57

Kevan Hurst (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

25:57

Foul by Chris Hussey (Burton Albion).

25:01

Attempt missed. John White (Southend United) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Kevan Hurst with a cross following a corner.

24:40

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Lee Bell.

24:36

Attempt blocked. Ben Coker (Southend United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

23:49

Kevan Hurst (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:49

Foul by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (Burton Albion).

21:43

Attempt saved. Barry Corr (Southend United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Anthony Straker.

20:25 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southend United 0, Burton Albion 1. Marcus Holness (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Hussey with a cross following a set piece situation.

19:47

Foul by Ryan Leonard (Southend United).

19:47

David Gray (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

17:19

Foul by John Egan (Southend United).

17:19

Dominic Knowles (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:21

Offside, Burton Albion. Dean Lyness tries a through ball, but Adam McGurk is caught offside.

15:47

Foul by Barry Corr (Southend United).

15:47

Dominic Knowles (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:20

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Dean Lyness.

15:14

Attempt saved. Kevan Hurst (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Anthony Straker.

14:32

Attempt saved. Barry Corr (Southend United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Will Atkinson with a cross.

12:34

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

11:27

Delay in match Ryan Leonard (Southend United) because of an injury.

11:27

Delay in match David Gray (Burton Albion) because of an injury.

11:18

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

11:18

Foul by David Gray (Burton Albion).

8:38

Attempt saved. Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

7:40

Foul by John Egan (Southend United).

7:40

Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

7:19

Attempt saved. Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (Burton Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Hussey with a cross.

6:12

Foul by John Egan (Southend United).

6:12

Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

3:57

Attempt missed. Jakub Sokolik (Southend United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Leonard.

2:17

Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

2:17

Foul by Barry Corr (Southend United).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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