League Two
SouthendSouthend United1CheltenhamCheltenham Town1

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.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Southend United manager Phil Brown told BBC Essex:

"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."

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

Formation 4-3-3

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

Substitutes

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

Cheltenham

Formation 4-5-1

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Southend United 1, Cheltenham Town 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. 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.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

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

  6. Booking

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

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Adam Thompson (Southend United).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Russell Penn (Cheltenham Town).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Southend United. Adam Thompson replaces Kevan Hurst.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Conor Clifford (Southend United).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Terry Gornell replaces Jason Taylor.

  15. Booking

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

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Ben Coker.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Ben Coker.

  19. Booking

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

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Southend United. Conor Clifford replaces Marc Laird.