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Southend United 2-2 Milton Keynes Dons

Southend United fought back to secure a draw with fellow strugglers MK Dons at Roots Hall.

Dons took the lead after just 13 minutes when a low cross from Conor McGrandles found Joe Mason free at the far post to fire home the 100th goal that the Shrimpers have conceded in the calendar year.

However, Southend hit back to equalise in the 32nd minute with Jason Demetriou slotting home a penalty into the bottom right hand corner after Stephen Humphrys had been brought down by Dons goalkeeper Lee Nicholls.

Shrimpers striker Tom Hopper fired a glorious chance wide of the target at the start of the second half before Rhys Healey put Dons back in front in the 64th minute when he deflected Mark Oxley's save into the back of the net.

Two minutes later, Southend's Rob Kiernan headed home a Sam Mantom corner to draw Southend level once again before Humphrys nearly won it with a close-range header that was blocked by Nicholls.

But the draw keeps both teams in the bottom three with the Shrimpers 12 points from safety.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Southend

  • 1Oxley
  • 48White
  • 8DiengBooked at 41mins
  • 15Kiernan
  • 2Bwomono
  • 24Demetriou
  • 5Milligan
  • 18MantomBooked at 74mins
  • 11McLaughlinSubstituted forGoodshipat 90+3'minutes
  • 9Hopper
  • 7HumphrysSubstituted forKelmanat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Cox
  • 13Bishop
  • 14Goodship
  • 16Hamilton
  • 23Kelman
  • 36Hutchinson
  • 43Kinali

MK Dons

  • 1NichollsBooked at 31mins
  • 25Brittain
  • 5Poole
  • 4Walsh
  • 3Lewington
  • 24HoughtonBooked at 34mins
  • 18McGrandles
  • 8GilbeyBooked at 56mins
  • 7ReevesSubstituted forKasumuat 75'minutes
  • 20Mason
  • 27NombeSubstituted forHealeyat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Williams
  • 6Cargill
  • 10Healey
  • 14Agard
  • 22Moore
  • 26Boateng
  • 29Kasumu
Referee:
Neil Hair
Attendance:
6,189

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthendAway TeamMK Dons
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home19
Away12
Shots on Target
Home7
Away7
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Southend United 2, MK Dons 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Southend United 2, MK Dons 2.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Joe Walsh.

Attempt missed. Alex Gilbey (MK Dons) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is too high. Assisted by Rhys Healey.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Brandon Goodship replaces Stephen McLaughlin.

Foul by Jordan Houghton (MK Dons).

Sam Mantom (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Alex Gilbey (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Timothee Dieng (Southend United).

Rhys Healey (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Stephen McLaughlin (Southend United).

Foul by Callum Brittain (MK Dons).

Mark Milligan (Southend United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Charlie Kelman replaces Stephen Humphrys.

Attempt saved. Joe Mason (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Kasumu.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. David Kasumu replaces Ben Reeves.

Booking

Sam Mantom (Southend United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ben Reeves (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Mantom (Southend United).

Attempt saved. Stephen Humphrys (Southend United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Hopper with a cross.

Attempt missed. Stephen Humphrys (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

Foul by Rhys Healey (MK Dons).

Mark Milligan (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Callum Brittain.

Offside, Southend United. Mark Milligan tries a through ball, but Stephen Humphrys is caught offside.

Alex Gilbey (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Elvis Bwomono (Southend United).

Foul by Conor McGrandles (MK Dons).

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

Goal!

Goal! Southend United 2, MK Dons 2. Rob Kiernan (Southend United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sam Mantom with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Conor McGrandles.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Lee Nicholls.

Attempt saved. Timothee Dieng (Southend United) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stephen Humphrys with a headed pass.

Foul by Conor McGrandles (MK Dons).

Stephen Humphrys (Southend United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! Southend United 1, MK Dons 2. Rhys Healey (MK Dons) with an attempt from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner following a corner.

Attempt saved. Rhys Healey (MK Dons) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Mason.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Mark Oxley.

Attempt saved. Joe Mason (MK Dons) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ben Reeves.

goal

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