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Southend United 2-1 Portsmouth

Southend's Ryan Leonard

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.

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Southend United manager Phil Brown told BBC Essex:

Phil Brown

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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:

Richie Barker

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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."

Line-ups

Southend

  • 17Bentley
  • 2White
  • 3Coker
  • 18Leonard
  • 5Phillips
  • 6Prosser
  • 12AtkinsonSubstituted forC Cliffordat 82'minutes
  • 8Timlin
  • 33WoodrowSubstituted forEastwoodat 68'minutes
  • 14Hurst
  • 11StrakerSubstituted forCorrat 40'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Smith
  • 4Laird
  • 7Eastwood
  • 10Corr
  • 16C Clifford
  • 21Payne
  • 23Thompson

Portsmouth

  • 40Carson
  • 5Devera
  • 14Painter
  • 31Racon
  • 3N'Gala
  • 6Bradley
  • 35Wallace
  • 36Whatmough
  • 18Bird
  • 9ConnollyBooked at 23minsSubstituted forAgyemangat 69'minutes
  • 11HolmesSubstituted forHarrisat 20'minutesSubstituted forPadovaniat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Padovani
  • 13Ertl
  • 21Harris
  • 23Agyemang
  • 24Awford
  • 25Sullivan
  • 30Maloney
Referee:
David Phillips
Attendance:
7,736

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthendAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home12
Away12
Shots on Target
Home7
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away8
Fouls
Home13
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Southend United 2, Portsmouth 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Southend United 2, Portsmouth 1.

Foul by Freddy Eastwood (Southend United).

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

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.

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

Foul by Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth).

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

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

Foul by Therry Racon (Portsmouth).

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

Hand ball by Ryan Bird (Portsmouth).

Foul by Kevan Hurst (Southend United).

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

Foul by Barry Corr (Southend United).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Romain Padovani replaces Ashley Harris.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Conor Clifford replaces Will Atkinson.

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

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

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

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

Foul by Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth).

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Sonny Bradley.

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Patrick Agyemang replaces David Connolly.

Foul by John White (Southend United).

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

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Marcos Painter.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Freddy Eastwood replaces Cauley Woodrow.

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

Foul by Barry Corr (Southend United).

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

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

Foul by Joe Devera (Portsmouth).

Foul by Ryan Leonard (Southend United).

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

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

Foul by Ashley Harris (Portsmouth).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Scunthorpe2412841244
2Burton241266542
3Chesterfield2311841441
4Southend241257941
5Rochdale241248440
6Oxford Utd2310851338
7Fleetwood231229838
8Newport221075837
9Morecambe2510510-435
10Dag & Red24978334
11Cheltenham24897-233
12Plymouth24969-333
13Exeter23959-132
14Hartlepool24879-131
15Wimbledon23779-328
16Bury24699027
17Wycombe22769027
18Mansfield246810-826
19Portsmouth246810-926
20York245109-425
21Accrington246711-825
22Bristol Rovers235810-523
23Torquay245712-1522
24Northampton234712-1319
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