League One
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Fleetwood Town 1-1 Southend United

A stunning late strike from David Ball kept Fleetwood Town on a club-record 12-match unbeaten run in League One as Southend United were pegged back.

Southend looked comfortably cruising to victory against Uwe Rosler's promotion chasers after bossing the opening hour and going ahead towards the end of the first half through Anthony Wordsworth's opener.

In Marc-Antoine Fortune the visitors had a towering target inside the Fleetwood box. He could easily have given Southend the lead before the half hour, getting on the end of Simon Cox's diagonal ball before Alex Cairns put in a full-stretch save to palm the ball away.

Southend's pressure was made to count soon after as George Glendon's slip near the halfway line opened the door for Fortune and the big forward pulled it back for Wordsworth on the edge of the box, his effort striking the post and creeping under Cairns.

Fleetwood might have struck back before the hour as Ball went on a perfectly-timed run - kept the ball in play and cut it back - but Conor McLaughlin's close-range header failed to beat Ted Smith in the Shrimpers goal.

At the other end Jason Demetriou had claims for a penalty turned down when he appeared to be clipped by Cian Bolger.

Fortune then could have sealed it, finding the arms of Cairns from barely five yards out.

Southend boss Phil Brown made the decision to take his danger men out of the game and paid the price as a dramatic late twist handed the hosts a share of the spoils.

A break down the left looked to have fizzled out, substitute Markus Schwabl recycling it to Ball on the edge of the box and his blast into the top-left corner was too good for Smith.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Fleetwood

  • 21Cairns
  • 5Eastham
  • 12BolgerBooked at 64mins
  • 37Davies
  • 2McLaughlinBooked at 72mins
  • 34Dempsey
  • 18GlendonSubstituted forBurnsat 61'minutes
  • 11GrantSubstituted forSchwablat 69'minutes
  • 3BellSubstituted forColeat 76'minutes
  • 10Ball
  • 22Hunter

Substitutes

  • 1Neal
  • 9Burns
  • 14Davis
  • 15Nirennold
  • 38Schwabl
  • 43Maguire
  • 44Cole

Southend

  • 22Smith
  • 24Demetriou
  • 5ThompsonBooked at 67mins
  • 2White
  • 3Coker
  • 12AtkinsonBooked at 54mins
  • 18Leonard
  • 4Wordsworth
  • 8TimlinBooked at 41minsSubstituted forHinesat 78'minutes
  • 10CoxSubstituted forO'Neillat 88'minutes
  • 14FortunéSubstituted forNoubleat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7O'Neill
  • 16Amos
  • 19Bridge
  • 23Hines
  • 28Matsuzaka
  • 29Nouble
  • 40Bexon
Referee:
Eddie Ilderton
Attendance:
2,675

Match Stats

Home TeamFleetwoodAway TeamSouthend
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home15
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Fleetwood Town 1, Southend United 1.

Full Time

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

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Ben Coker.

Attempt blocked. Cian Bolger (Fleetwood Town) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Ben Coker.

Attempt missed. Wes Burns (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Fleetwood Town 1, Southend United 1. David Ball (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner following a set piece situation.

Kyle Dempsey (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Zavon Hines (Southend United).

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Luke O'Neill replaces Simon Cox.

Foul by Devante Cole (Fleetwood Town).

Will Atkinson (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Wes Burns (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Adam Thompson (Southend United) because of an injury.

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by John White.

Kyle Dempsey (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Zavon Hines (Southend United).

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Frank Nouble replaces Marc-Antoine Fortuné.

Attempt saved. Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Southend United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Zavon Hines replaces Michael Timlin.

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Devante Cole replaces Amari'i Bell.

Cian Bolger (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Simon Cox (Southend United).

Booking

Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town).

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

Attempt saved. Ben Coker (Southend United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Markus Schwabl replaces Bobby Grant.

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Ben Coker.

Attempt blocked. Bobby Grant (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

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

Wes Burns (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adam Thompson (Southend United).

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Alex Cairns.

Attempt saved. Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Southend United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Ashley Hunter (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

Cian Bolger (Fleetwood Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Cian Bolger (Fleetwood Town).

Simon Cox (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Scunthorpe28177456282858
2Sheff Utd29176653341957
3Bolton27155736211550
4Fleetwood29148743301350
5Bradford291213436241249
6Rochdale27143104136545
7Southend28111074035543
8Bristol Rovers29126114850-242
9Peterborough2811894037341
10Millwall2711794240240
11Charlton2791263527839
12Walsall2891183638-238
13Wimbledon2791083833537
14Oxford Utd27107103430437
15MK Dons2797113837134
16Northampton2996144248-633
17Gillingham2888123544-932
18Port Vale2788113142-1132
19Shrewsbury2978142841-1329
20Swindon2978142742-1529
21Bury2976164658-1227
22Chesterfield2875162845-1726
23Oldham28510131630-1425
24Coventry2849152342-1921
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