League One
SouthendSouthend United1CreweCrewe Alexandra1

Jack Payne's injury-time penalty helped Southend secure a vital point against second-bottom Crewe at Roots Hall.

Following a number of misses by both sides, the game sprung into life in the 86th minute when George Cooper fired home a 25-yard free-kick to give the visitors a shock lead.

However, the hosts were awarded their second spot-kick of the match after Ben Nugent fouled Jamar Loza in the box.

Tyrone Barnett had seen his first-half penalty saved by keeper Ben Garratt.

The draw leaves Southend a point off the play-off places, while Crewe have slipped eight points adrift of safety.

Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

"We were terrific. We deserved to win. That is all you can ask from them, the penalty incident aside at the end. We have gone to a tough place, battled away and shown the ability we have.

"The players can be proud of their performance. We have gone head to head with a team who are looking to get into the top six and were the better team.

"We know George Cooper is capable of scoring free-kicks like that. He did that against Coventry in his early days in the team and slowly he is getting that confidence back."

Line-ups

Southend

  • 1Bentley
  • 5Thompson
  • 15BolgerBooked at 78mins
  • 26Barrett
  • 3CokerBooked at 87mins
  • 12AtkinsonSubstituted forPayneat 79'minutes
  • 22Deegan
  • 4WordsworthBooked at 58mins
  • 20McQueenSubstituted forWorrallat 58'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 9MooneySubstituted forLozaat 58'minutes
  • 19BarnettBooked at 87mins

Substitutes

  • 7Worrall
  • 8Timlin
  • 10Payne
  • 13Smith
  • 16Hunt
  • 23Loza
  • 25Kamara

Crewe

  • 1Garratt
  • 2Turton
  • 3Guthrie
  • 6Nugent
  • 41Bakayogo
  • 11CooperSubstituted forNgat 88'minutes
  • 15FoxSubstituted forAinleyat 81'minutes
  • 20Jones
  • 10Inman
  • 9Haber
  • 36HitchcockBooked at 54minsSubstituted forSaundersat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Ray
  • 13Richards
  • 14Saunders
  • 23Ng
  • 25Ainley
  • 31Kirk
  • 32Howell
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
5,444

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthendAway TeamCrewe
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home6
Away7
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away8
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Southend United 1, Crewe Alexandra 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Southend United 1, Crewe Alexandra 1.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Southend United 1, Crewe Alexandra 1. Jack Payne (Southend United) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the top right corner.

  4. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Ben Nugent (Crewe Alexandra) after a foul in the penalty area.

  5. Post update

    Penalty Southend United. Jamar Loza draws a foul in the penalty area.

  6. Post update

    Ben Nugent (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by David Worrall (Southend United).

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Perry Ng replaces George Cooper.

  9. Booking

    Ben Coker (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Booking

    Tyrone Barnett (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Southend United 0, Crewe Alexandra 1. George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the top right corner.

  12. Booking

    David Worrall (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Ben Coker (Southend United).

  14. Post update

    George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Callum Ainley replaces David Fox.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Adam Barrett.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Southend United. Jack Payne replaces Will Atkinson.

  19. Post update

    Marcus Haber (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Adam Barrett (Southend United).

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