Southend United 2-2 Milton Keynes Dons
SOL CAMPBELL pointed to a series of missed opportunity as his struggling Southend United side were forced to settle for a share of the Sky Bet League One spoils with fellow relegation candidates, Milton Keynes Dons, at Roots Hall Stadium.
Blues twice had to come from behind after Joe mason and Rhys Healey netted for the Dons. Jason Demetriou initially fired Southend on terms from the penalty spot after Stephen Humphrys had been felled by visiting stopper, Lee Nicholls. Then former Rangers defender, Rob Kiernan, nodded home shortly after the hour to set up a grandstand finish.
But Southend was unable to complete a league double over the Dons – still the only side they have beaten during the current campaign – leaving them twelve points adrift in their bid to avoid the drop.
“We’ve been moving in the right direction – we just need to get over the line in the last third,” Campbell told www.southendunited.co.uk.
“We had more than enough chances to finish the game off, but the goalkeeper has had a worldy with a number of fantastic saves – just like our goalkeeper as well. I think if they had our chances, we’d have lost the game.
“We are playing better, we’re a bit more solid here and there, but there are lapses in concentration in both boxes. We just need that little bit more concentration and awareness; we’ve had more than enough chances to kill the game but we could have easily ended up losing the game.”
Southend United return to Sky Bet League One action on Wednesday, January 1 when they take on AFC Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow (3pm).
Southend United: Oxley, Bwomono, Milligan, Humphrys (Kelman 82’), Dieng (Capt), Hopper, McLaughlin, Kiernan, Mantom, Demetriou, White. Subs not used: Bishop, Cox, Goodship, Hamilton, Hutchinson, Kinali
MK Dons: Nicholls, Lewington (Capt), Walsh, Poole, Reeves (Kasumu 75’), Gilbey, McGrandles, Mason, Houghton, Brittain, Nombe (Healey 59’). Subs not used: Moore, Williams, Cargill, Agard, Boateng
Referee: Neil Hair
Assistants: Anthony Da Costa and Ryan Whitaker
Fourth Official: Chris O’Donnell
Attendance: 6,189 (380 from Milton Keynes Dons)