League Two
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Southend United 1-1 Cheltenham Town

Matt Richards

Matt Richards's last-minute penalty rescued a dramatic point for Cheltenham at high-flying Southend.

The Shrimpers looked to be heading to the top of League Two after Kevan Hurst tapped in Barry Corr's knock down.

But in the fourth minute of injury-time Anthony Straker was adjudged to have handled in the box and Richards stepped up to slot the ball home.

Earlier, Daniel Bentley kept out Kemar Roofe and David Noble, while Richards had a goal ruled out for offside.

Southend struggled to create any clear cut chances after their goal with John White's 25-yard strike which fizzed just wide of the post their best opportunity.

Phil Brown's men, who had won four straight league games before Saturday's clash, remain in third place.

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Southend United manager Phil Brown told BBC Essex:

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Post match: Southend boss Brown

"It's disappointing, 25 seconds from the the end we were top of the league and now we're still in third.

"It's been a magnificent month, a fantastic run, but today just wasn't our day. We didn't get into any kind of rhythm.

"To be brutally honest if we had won the game it would have been steal.

"I thought it was a harsh decision [the penalty awarded to Cheltenham]. I thought Anthony Straker was fouled at the back post. The push from the striker has caused his hand to hit the ball, as opposed to the other way round."

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Mark Yates: Cheltenham Town manager on 1-1 draw at Southend

Cheltenham Town manager Mark Yates told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"Credit to the work-rate that the team have put in, we were just desperately disappointed to go down 1-0 at half time.

"The spirit in the squad just kept us going, and the 96th minute equaliser probably just sums up where we are at the minute.

"Ifs, buts and maybes don't get you where you want - results, winning games, that's what we're after."

"I think we're playing pretty solidly, not letting in the goals that we stupidly conceded early on, and I have every confidence in the group we'll start catching teams up eventually."

Line-ups

Southend

  • 17Bentley
  • 2White
  • 3Coker
  • 4LairdSubstituted forC Cliffordat 73'minutes
  • 15Kiernan
  • 6ProsserBooked at 25mins
  • 12AtkinsonBooked at 61mins
  • 8Timlin
  • 10CorrBooked at 75mins
  • 14HurstSubstituted forThompsonat 88'minutes
  • 11StrakerBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Smith
  • 5Phillips
  • 9Reid
  • 16C Clifford
  • 20Njie
  • 21Payne
  • 23Thompson

Cheltenham

  • 1Brown
  • 20Jombati
  • 22Braham-Barrett
  • 25Noble
  • 5Brown
  • 6Elliott
  • 11McGlashan
  • 4TaylorSubstituted forGornellat 81'minutes
  • 9Harrison
  • 14Richards
  • 23RoofeSubstituted forPennat 72'minutesBooked at 80mins

Substitutes

  • 7Cureton
  • 8Deering
  • 10Gornell
  • 12Roberts
  • 15Goldson
  • 16Penn
  • 26Ajala
Referee:
Trevor Kettle
Attendance:
5,677

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthendAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home5
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away8
Fouls
Home14
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Southend United 1, Cheltenham Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Southend United 1, Cheltenham Town 1.

Goal!

Goal! Southend United 1, Cheltenham Town 1. Matthew Richards (Cheltenham Town) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Penalty conceded by Anthony Straker (Southend United) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. Byron Harrison (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Booking

Anthony Straker (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.

Jermaine McGlashan (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Thompson (Southend United).

Adam Thompson (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Russell Penn (Cheltenham Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Adam Thompson replaces Kevan Hurst.

Foul by Conor Clifford (Southend United).

Russell Penn (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Terry Gornell replaces Jason Taylor.

Booking

Russell Penn (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt saved. Jason Taylor (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Ben Coker.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Ben Coker.

Booking

Barry Corr (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Conor Clifford replaces Marc Laird.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Russell Penn replaces Kemar Roofe.

Foul by Marc Laird (Southend United).

Craig Braham-Barrett (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Will Atkinson (Southend United).

David Noble (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Jermaine McGlashan (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. John White (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. David Noble (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt saved. David Noble (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the top right corner.

Foul by Robert Kiernan (Southend United).

Craig Braham-Barrett (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Robert Kiernan (Southend United).

Byron Harrison (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by John White.

Ben Coker (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jermaine McGlashan (Cheltenham Town).

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

Foul by Jason Taylor (Cheltenham Town).

Second Half

Second Half begins Southend United 1, Cheltenham Town 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Southend United 1, Cheltenham Town 0.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Oxford Utd1997330151534
2Chesterfield1896325141133
3Southend1910362517833
4Scunthorpe199642621533
5Rochdale1910362825333
6Burton1910362320333
7Fleetwood1910273224832
8Dag & Red198652823530
9Morecambe198562526-129
10Newport187742419528
11Exeter197572425-126
12Wimbledon197572324-126
13Hartlepool197482120125
14Cheltenham195862429-523
15Plymouth196581419-523
16Wycombe186482224-222
17Portsmouth185672530-521
18Mansfield195682126-521
19Accrington195591824-620
20Bury194782124-319
21York194782327-419
22Bristol Rovers194781620-419
23Northampton1945101524-917
24Torquay1936102033-1315
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