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Southend United 0-0 Salford City

Nile Ranger's return to action lasted just 12 minutes during Southend's drab goalless draw with Salford at Roots Hall.

The controversial striker - who had not played professionally since January 2018 - came on as a second-half substitute for the Shrimpers.

But the forward soon had to make way with what seemed to be a groin problem.

Southend had the better of the first half with Emile Acquah having a well struck left-footed shot smartly saved by Vaclav Hladky before the striker sent a header from close range straight at the keeper.

The Shrimpers handed a debut to goalkeeper Alex Bass, who joined on an emergency loan from Portsmouth on Saturday, but the 22-year-old was forced off at half-time.

After the break, Nathan Ferguson saw a deflected 20-yard shot tipped wide of the right post by Hladky before Salford began to get into the game.

Their best chance came in the 71st minute when Ian Henderson saw his volley impressively saved by Southend's substitute goalkeeper Harry Seaden.

The share of the spoils moved 22nd placed Southend two points clear of the drop zone while ninth placed Salford remain a point behind the play-offs.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Southend

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 45BassSubstituted forSeadenat 45'minutes
  • 2Bwomono
  • 5Hobson
  • 48White
  • 12Clifford
  • 28TaylorSubstituted forMcCormackat 57'minutesBooked at 79mins
  • 8Dieng
  • 17Hackett-FairchildBooked at 14mins
  • 44Ferguson
  • 9AkinolaSubstituted forNathaniel-Georgeat 57'minutes
  • 18AcquahSubstituted forRangerat 77'minutesSubstituted forDemetriouat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4McCormack
  • 6Cordner
  • 13Seaden
  • 20Nathaniel-George
  • 24Demetriou
  • 30Holmes
  • 50Ranger

Salford

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Hladky
  • 12Bernard
  • 5Eastham
  • 16Turnbull
  • 24GottsBooked at 61minsSubstituted forTourayat 66'minutes
  • 4Lowe
  • 25Coutts
  • 10Hunter
  • 19WilsonSubstituted forTowellat 66'minutes
  • 37Thomas-AsanteSubstituted forDieseruvweat 83'minutes
  • 40Henderson

Substitutes

  • 2James
  • 3Touray
  • 15Burgess
  • 17Towell
  • 18Threlkeld
  • 20Dieseruvwe
  • 31Evans
Referee:
Dean Whitestone

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthendAway TeamSalford
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home7
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home15
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Southend United 0, Salford City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Southend United 0, Salford City 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Ibou Touray (Salford City).

  4. Post update

    Ashley Nathaniel-George (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Ashley Hunter (Salford City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Elvis Bwomono (Southend United).

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Richard Towell (Salford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ashley Eastham with a headed pass.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Salford City. Conceded by Tom Clifford.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ashley Hunter (Salford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ian Henderson.

  10. Post update

    Emmanuel Dieseruvwe (Salford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Alan McCormack (Southend United).

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Emmanuel Dieseruvwe (Salford City) header from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ibou Touray with a cross.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Southend United. Jason Demetriou replaces Nile Ranger because of an injury.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Paul Coutts (Salford City).

  15. Post update

    Alan McCormack (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Salford City. Conceded by Reeco Hackett-Fairchild.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Salford City. Conceded by Reeco Hackett-Fairchild.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Salford City. Emmanuel Dieseruvwe replaces Brandon Thomas-Asante.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Salford City. Conceded by Reeco Hackett-Fairchild.

  20. Booking

    Alan McCormack (Southend United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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1Cambridge32167948291955
2Forest Green30159643291454
3Cheltenham30158740261453
4Tranmere3015694337651
5Morecambe31147104142-149
6Newport3013983831748
7Bolton31138103940-147
8Exeter291210751371446
9Salford301210839251446
10Carlisle27134103830843
11Bradford29127103432243
12Harrogate31126133537-242
13Crawley29118104037341
14Leyton Orient30116133634239
15Oldham30115144954-538
16Mansfield3081393840-237
17Walsall3081393640-437
18Stevenage32714112431-735
19Scunthorpe29112163139-835
20Port Vale3197154145-434
21Colchester30712113142-1133
22Southend3177172146-2528
23Barrow2968153340-726
24Grimsby2966172248-2624
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