League Two - 1st Leg
StevenageStevenage1SouthendSouthend United1

Stevenage 1-1 Southend United

By Tom GarryBBC Sport at Lamex Stadium
Barry Corr
Barry Corr's header keeps the tie level going into Thursday's second leg at Roots Hall

Barry Corr's 60th-minute header secured a draw for Southend in the first leg of their League Two play-off semi-final at Stevenage.

Dean Parrett had put the hosts in front with a 25-yard effort after half-time.

The first half was delayed for eight minutes because of a nasty clash of heads between Southend's Michael Timlin and Stevenage captain Bira Dembele.

Timlin required 15 stitches in a head wound and was substituted, while Dembele was replaced at the interval.

Both players watched the second half from the bench after their treatment, but it remains to be seen whether they will be involved in the second leg at Roots Hall on Thursday.

Before his early exit, Timlin had arguably the best chance of a physical first half but he sent his shot wide from 10 yards out for Southend, who missed out on automatic promotion on the final day of the season.

Third time lucky for Southend?
The Shrimpers have been involved in the League Two play-offs in three of the last four seasons.

The hosts, who named 56-year-old Dave Beasant as their substitute goalkeeper, are hoping for a quick return to League One after relegation last season.

Stevenage manager Graham Westley brought back several of the players he rested for the final league game of the season at Luton, and they struggled to stretch Daniel Bentley before the break, as Chris Beardsley shot straight at the Southend goalkeeper.

Southend defender Adam Barrett, making his 300th appearance for the club, then headed over before winger David Worrall was denied brilliantly by the feet of Stevenage goalkeeper Chris Day.

The game really came to life in the second half when Parrett collected Charlie Lee's pass and found the back of the net with a stunning curling effort.

The visitors levelled soon afterwards, their top scorer Corr with a downward header from a Stephen McLaughlin cross that deflected in off the unfortunate Andy Bond.

Southend almost took a first-leg lead back to Essex but Worrall's excellent low volley went just wide of the far post in the closing minutes.

Stevenage boss Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"I thought it was a pretty fair reflection of the game if I'm honest. Both sides had chances, both took one each.

"The opportunity is there for one of the teams to win a game of football to go to a Wembley final.

"It's a great opportunity for us, we have to get ourselves right."

Southend manager Phil Brown: "If you look at the cut on Michael Timlin's forehead, and he wanted to play on, can you believe it?

"It was pure commitment from both teams. I think we just edged it in terms of chances and possession, but at the same time it's a draw and hopefully we can do the job on Thursday."

Bira Dembele and Michael Timlin
Bira Dembele and Michael Timlin clashed heads midway through the first half
Michael Timlin
Southend's Michael Timlin needed lengthy treatment for a head wound and was substituted
Bira Dembele
Stevenage captain Bira Dembele played on until half-time before being replaced by Jon Ashton
Dave Beasant
Stevenage named 56-year-old Dave Beasant as their substitute goalkeeper against Southend
Phil Brown
Phil Brown's Southend missed out on automatic promotion on the final day of the season

Line-ups

Stevenage

  • 16Day
  • 7WhelpdaleBooked at 80mins
  • 19Wells
  • 3DembeleSubstituted forAshtonat 45'minutes
  • 23Okimo
  • 6Bond
  • 18Parrett
  • 11PettSubstituted forConlonat 78'minutes
  • 22LeeBooked at 48mins
  • 34DeaconBooked at 45minsSubstituted forKennedyat 45'minutes
  • 20Beardsley

Substitutes

  • 5Ashton
  • 8Walton
  • 10Zola
  • 32Conlon
  • 33Kennedy
  • 39Beasant
  • 50Martin

Southend

  • 1Bentley
  • 2White
  • 15BolgerBooked at 40mins
  • 26Barrett
  • 3Coker
  • 18Leonard
  • 8TimlinSubstituted forDeeganat 35'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 12Atkinson
  • 25McLaughlinSubstituted forWestonat 78'minutes
  • 10CorrBooked at 24minsSubstituted forPigottat 82'minutes
  • 7WorrallBooked at 63mins

Substitutes

  • 6Prosser
  • 11Weston
  • 13Smith
  • 19Payne
  • 22Deegan
  • 24Cassidy
  • 32Pigott
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
5,183

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamSouthend
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home15
Away13
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home15
Away20

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Stevenage 1, Southend United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Stevenage 1, Southend United 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tom Conlon (Stevenage) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Beardsley with a headed pass.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Myles Weston (Southend United).

  5. Post update

    Jerome Okimo (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Charlie Lee (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jerome Okimo.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Myles Weston (Southend United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Will Atkinson.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Myles Weston.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Myles Weston (Southend United).

  10. Post update

    Ben Kennedy (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. David Worrall (Southend United) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Myles Weston with a cross.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Chris Whelpdale (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  13. Post update

    Foul by John White (Southend United).

  14. Post update

    Jerome Okimo (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

    Offside, Southend United. Ben Coker tries a through ball, but David Worrall is caught offside.

  16. Booking

    Gary Deegan (Southend United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Gary Deegan (Southend United).

  18. Post update

    Dean Parrett (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Myles Weston (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Charlie Lee (Stevenage).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton462810869393094
2Shrewsbury462781167313689
3Bury462671360402085
4Wycombe462315867452284
5Southend4624121054381684
6Stevenage462012146254872
7Plymouth4620111555371871
8Luton4619111654441068
9Newport461811175154-365
10Exeter461713166165-464
11Morecambe461712175352163
12Northampton46187216762561
13Oxford Utd461516155049161
14Dag & Red46178215859-159
15Wimbledon461416165460-658
16Portsmouth461415175254-257
17Accrington461511205877-1956
18York461119164651-552
19Cambridge461312216166-551
20Carlisle46148245674-1850
21Mansfield46139243862-2448
22Hartlepool46129253970-3145
23Cheltenham46914234067-2741
24Tranmere46912254567-2239
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