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Southend United 1-1 Bristol Rovers

Simon Cox's late penalty rescued a point for Southend as they drew 1-1 with Bristol Rovers at Roots Hall.

Rovers seemed set for all three points when Peter Hartley headed them in front midway through the second half but Cox's 81st-minute spot-kick ensured the game ended all square.

The Pirates went close to scoring at the end of an uneventful first half when Ollie Clarke saw a 20-yard shot pushed wide of the left post by Shrimpers goalkeeper Mark Oxley.

After the break, Southend winger Stephen McLaughlin had an effort easily gathered by Steve Mildenhall before Matty Taylor's 20-yard shot was tipped over by Oxley.

Rovers netted from the resulting Chris Lines corner from the left-hand side as an unmarked Hartley headed home from inside the six-yard box.

Southend drew level in the 81st minute when referee Gavin Ward harshly adjudged Ellis Harrison to have handled Jack Bridge's left-wing cross and Cox confidently stroked the penalty past Mildenhall.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Southend

  • 1Oxley
  • 24DemetriouSubstituted forWilliamsat 78'minutes
  • 5Thompson
  • 6Barrett
  • 3Coker
  • 7O'NeillSubstituted forMcGlashanat 64'minutes
  • 18Leonard
  • 16KingBooked at 75mins
  • 11McLaughlinBooked at 56mins
  • 9MooneySubstituted forBridgeat 66'minutes
  • 10Cox

Substitutes

  • 2White
  • 12Atkinson
  • 15Sokolik
  • 17McGlashan
  • 19Bridge
  • 20Williams
  • 22Smith

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2Leadbitter
  • 15J Clarke
  • 4Lockyer
  • 6HartleyBooked at 85mins
  • 3Brown
  • 8O ClarkeBooked at 48mins
  • 14Lines
  • 24Sinclair
  • 10TaylorSubstituted forEasterat 73'minutes
  • 9HarrisonBooked at 82minsSubstituted forGaffneyat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5McChrystal
  • 17Easter
  • 21Montaño
  • 25Puddy
  • 27Broom
  • 29James
  • 30Gaffney
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
6,084

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthendAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home17
Away16
Shots on Target
Home5
Away7
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Southend United 1, Bristol Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Southend United 1, Bristol Rovers 1.

Attempt missed. Jermaine Easter (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Ben Coker (Southend United) because of an injury.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Ben Coker.

Attempt saved. Simon Cox (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

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

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

Delay in match Ben Coker (Southend United) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Rory Gaffney (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Simon Cox (Southend United).

Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Peter Hartley (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Stephen McLaughlin (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Peter Hartley (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt blocked. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Rory Gaffney replaces Ellis Harrison.

Foul by Ryan Leonard (Southend United).

Jermaine Easter (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Simon Cox (Southend United) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Southend United 1, Bristol Rovers 1. Simon Cox (Southend United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty conceded by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

Stephen McLaughlin (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Jason Williams replaces Jason Demetriou.

Attempt saved. Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Booking

Adam King (Southend United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Daniel Leadbitter (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Adam King (Southend United).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Jermaine Easter replaces Matty Taylor.

Attempt missed. Simon Cox (Southend United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Attempt blocked. Adam King (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Jermaine McGlashan (Southend United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Jack Bridge (Southend United).

Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bolton440073412
2Scunthorpe4310124810
3Bradford431062410
4Chesterfield42117437
5Charlton42116427
6Port Vale42113127
7MK Dons42115417
8Millwall42118807
9Swindon42114407
10Gillingham421168-27
11Peterborough42029636
12Fleetwood41216515
13Oldham412113-25
14Bury41123304
15Northampton40402204
16Southend411256-14
17Walsall411245-14
18Bristol Rovers411257-24
19Oxford Utd411246-24
20Shrewsbury411225-34
21Coventry402214-32
22Rochdale401336-31
23Wimbledon401337-41
24Sheff Utd401327-51
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