Shrimpers lose to Leeds United

11 April 2010 10:29
Leeds United 2 Southend United 0: The boys from Essex fought hard enough but two second half goals gave the home side the win and send the Shrimpers to their ninth successive away defeat. Blues boss Steve Tilson made two changes from the side that were defeated at Gillingham; Matt Paterson for the injured Spencer up front, and Stuart O'Keefe given a start instead of the more inconsistant Laurent, who dropped to the bench.And for an hour the away side held their more illustrious opponents before a double strike saw the Shrimpers sink to yet another defeat on the road and make next week's two home games against Brentford and Brighton the final word on the teams chances of avoiding relegation to League Two.Anything less than six points will almost certainly see Southend return to the bottom tier for the first time in five seasons and that famous play-off win against Lincoln at the Millenium Stadium. Coca-Cola League One, Saturday, 10th April 2010 @ 15:00; Elland RoadGradel 60Becchio 83Starting Line-ups 12Higgs 6Naylor 26Bromby 33Collins 4Doyle 8Kilkenny 14Howson 22Hughes (Johnson 58)28Gradel 9Beckford (Becchio 58)23Snodgrass (Watt 85)Substitutes 1Ankergren 10Becchio (Beckford 58)13Grella 15McSheffrey 16Johnson (Hughes 58)19Parker 24Watt (Snodgrass 85)2Goal Attempts02On Target00Off Target00Hit Woodwork00Offsides06Corners10Fouls0Starting Line-ups 1Mildenhall 2Francis 5Baldwin 6Barrett 15Sankofa 18Herd 4Christophe 7Grant 22O'Keefe 9Paterson (Laurent 63)17Vernon (M'Voto 85)Substitutes 3Malone 20M'Voto (Vernon 85)21Jack 26Laurent (Paterson 63)30Crawford RefereeE Ilderton, Tyne & Wear Attendance21650Leeds Utd. CardsJohnson79unsporting behaviourDoyle90unsporting behaviourSouthend Utd. CardsChristophe45unsporting behaviourLaurent90unsporting behaviour