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Burton Albion 1-1 Southend United
SOUTHEND UNITED picked up a rare and priceless Sky Bet League One point but undoubtedly missed an opportunity to grab three against a Burton Albion side who were forced to play almost an hour with ten men.
The beleaguered Blues – starting the match nine points adrift of the safety zone – stunned the home side when Stephen McLaughlin arrived to nod home Brandon Goodship’s pinpoint flag-kick shortly after the twenty-minute mark.
And Southend’s task appeared to have been made a little easier when Burton’s John-Joe O’Toole – a former Blues loanee – was given his marching orders following a clash with Tom Hopper.
But Southend was unable to make their numerical advantage count. Scott Fraser’s free-kick beat Blues stopper, Nathan Bishop, to level the score shortly after the interval, setting up a tense finish to the contest.
But Southend held firm to rubberstamp their sixth point of the season, although boss Sol Campbell was clearly frustrated that his side didn’t see the game out with a win.
“I think obviously, beggars can’t be choosers,” the former Spurs and Arsenal defender bemoaned.
“It’s a point that we’ve secured, but, for me, we didn’t really utilise the extra man on the pitch, really, and that’s disappointing.
“I think for us, nothing comes easy. We’ve got to work and work and work, and the lads played really well. Got a goal, got a chance – Kiernan O’Hara made a great save – and we’ve just got to keep on working.”
Campbell continued: “When you are done there, you’ve got to keep on working, keep on scrapping, keep on trying to play well – right attitude – things like that. You’ve got to have the right intensity, and that’s what we had in the first half.
“After that, we should have utilises the extra man and we didn’t.”
Southend United return to Sky Bet League One action on Saturday, December 7 when they take on Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Ground (3pm).
Burton Albion: O’Hara, Daniel, Edwards (Sbarra 90+2’), Buxton (C), Quinn (Wallace 88’), Fraser, Akins, Templeton (Hutchinson 80’), Nartey, O’Toole, Boyce Subs not used: Garratt, Anderson, Beardsley
Southend United: Bishop, Bwomono, Ralph, Dieng (C), Hopper, McLaughlin (Humphrys 54’), Goodship (Kinali 76’), Kiernan, Mantom (Cox 63’), Demetriou, Hutchinson Subs not used: Oxley, Taylor, Acquah, Rush
Referee: Darren Drysdale
Assistants: Lisa Rashid and Conor Brown
Fourth Official: Wade Smith