Shrimpers stare basement in the face as Seagulls fly off with the points

17 April 2010 07:09
Southend United 0 Brighton & Hove Albion 1: The Essex boys tried their best but a season of frustration and disappointment is near to its end as a poor game ended in defeat with relegation now a near certainty. Southend started brightly enough, but you knew the first goal would be vital to a team of fragile confidence and it was the visitors who grabbed it with their first real effort of the match.In the 15th minute Brighton's Lee Hendrie shot through a crowded Shrimper defence, the ball deflected off Ashley Barnes back to Inigo Calderon, whose follow-up shot was again deflected by Barnes, but this time the ball landed into the back of the net.Game, set and match sadly as for all the effort showed by the home side there was always a belief, however the Roots Hall faithful tried to get behind their team, that there was no real belief in the team they could rescue the situation.A season of off-the-field dramas has finally caught up with them, and we will have to see that whoever lines up for the first match in League Two next term, will have the quality and the fight to gain promotion at the first attempt, presuming that lot will get paid on time.A more comprehensive report will be posted soon, but there's not much more to add from a Shrimper point of view!Southend player markings: Mildenhall - 6, Francis - 6, M'voto - 6, Baldwin - 6, Christophe - 5 (Crawford 63 - 6), McCormack - 6, Moussa - 6, Laurent - 5, Vernon - 5 (Paterson 73 - 5). Coca-Cola League One, Saturday, 17th April 2010 @ 15:00; Roots HallBarnes 15Starting Line-ups 1Mildenhall 2Francis 5Baldwin 18Herd 20M'Voto 4Christophe (Crawford 62)7Grant 8McCormack 14Moussa 17Vernon (Paterson 73)26Laurent Substitutes 3Malone 6Barrett 9Paterson (Vernon 73)15Sankofa 21Jack 22O'Keefe 30Crawford (Christophe 62)7Goal Attempts63On Target44Off Target20Hit Woodwork02Offsides37Corners516Fouls15Starting Line-ups 29Brezovan 4Elphick 6El-Abd 19Calderon (Hoyte 77)22Painter 14Arismendi (Navarro 46)20Crofts 26Bennett 34Hendrie (Dicker 65)17Murray 36Barnes Substitutes 8Navarro (Arismendi 46)13Walker 18Dicker (Hendrie 65)21Carole 23Virgo 27Hoyte (Calderon 77)33Holroyd RefereeS Hooper, Swindon - 7 Attendance8503Southend Utd. CardsMoussa90dissentBrighton & HA CardsCrofts19unsporting behaviour


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