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Southend United
45
Alex Bass

Seaden 46'

2
Elvis Bowmono
5
Shaun Hobson
8
Timothee Dieng
9
Simeon Akinola

Nathaniel-George 57'

12
Tom Clifford
17
Reeco Hackett-Fairchild
Yellow card for Reeco Hackett-Fairchild
18
Emile Acquah

Ranger 77'

28
Kyle Taylor

McCormack 57'

44
Nathan Ferguson
48
John White (c)
Salford City FC
1
Vaclav Hladky
4
Jason Lowe
5
Ash Eastham (c)
10
Ash Hunter
12
Di'Shon Bernard
16
Jordan Turnbull
19
James Wilson

Towell 66'

24
Robbie Gotts
Yellow card for Robbie Gotts

Touray 66'

25
Paul Coutts
37
Brandon Thomas-Asante

Dieseruvwe 84'

40
Ian Henderson
Substitutes
13
Harry Seaden
4
Alan McCormack
Yellow card for Alan McCormack
6
Tyler Cordner
20
Ashley Nathaniel-George
24
Jason Demetriou
30
Ricky Holmes
50
Nile Ranger

Demetriou 87'

Substitutes
31
William Evans
2
Tom James
3
Ibou Touray
15
Luke Burgess
17
Richie Towell
18
Oscar Threlkeld
20
Mani Dieseruvwe
Managers
Manager - Mark Molesley
Managers
Manager - Richie Wellens
Match Officals
Referee - Dean Whitestone
Assistant Referee - B.Gill
Assistant Referee - G.Kane
Fourth Official - R.Hyde

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A point and a clean sheet is never a bad return from an away game, yet Richie Wellens will be disappointed that his side didn’t record a win at Roots Hall today. The Ammies enjoyed far more possession than their hosts but struggling Southend United came out fairly even in terms of chances created. After a quiet first half Southend substitute Harry Seaden was the busier keeper during the second but in the end both teams had to settle for a point that probably wasn't too unfair.

There was one change to the XI that started Tuesday’s defeat at Morecambe, with James Wilson replacing stalwart Ibou Touray. That meant Ash Hunter moving across to the left side of midfield with Robbie Gotts on the right and Wilson slotting in alongside Brandon Thomas-Asante behind Ian Henderson.

A bright, sunny afternoon on the Essex coast it was the Shrimpers who bared attacking teeth first. In the 3rd minute Reeco Hackett-Fairchild got past Jordan Turnbull’s challenge wide on Southend’s right before getting in a low cross that was cleared. The ball fell for Nathan Ferguson but from 25 yards out and right of centre he could only lift an awkward left-footer high over the crossbar.

Salford soon found their smooth passing rhythm and were getting men forward, although there was little sign of an early reward. After enduring a torrid start to their campaign Southend have improved over the past couple of months and looked a far more robust outfit than the one that lost 3-0 in Salford earlier in the season.

Hackett-Fairchild was booked for an ill-timed sliding challenge on Hunter just before the quarter hour, but otherwise the game had become a touch subdued and occasionally a little scrappy.

The Ammies were seeing plenty of the ball yet faced with two lines of navy-blue shirts had done relatively with their possession. As it happened, the best chance of the first half would go to Southend and came along in the 29th minute. Timothée Dieng’s low ball forward was controlled by Emile Acquah and he got into the box, stealing a yard on the covering Ash Eastham. Václav Hladký had advanced to narrow the angle and when Dieng’s low 12-yarder came in, was able to push the ball wide for a corner. Kyle Taylor’s delivery from the left dropped beyond the far post where Shaun Hobson poked in an effort from tight angle. A defensive deflection carried the ball wide of the far upright, and this time Taylor’s corner was simple for Hladký.

The first tangible threat of the afternoon but there wouldn’t be a great deal more before the interval. The Ammies were still knocking the ball around nicely enough, yet without posing any real problems for the home defence.

Southend got forward far less, but 6 minutes before half time Portsmouth loanee Hackett-Fairchild dropped a right-flank cross just beyond the far post. Defender John White nodded back inside for the centrally positioned 6-yard Acquah to get in a header. Hladký reacted well, grasping the ball just underneath the bar but Acquah will be disappointed that he hadn’t done a lot better with that one.

A couple of minutes later Tom Clifford's free-kick from deep on the left was headed out by Turnbull, but only as far as Taylor. Again the finish was disappointing as the Bournemouth loanee could only slice his 22-yarder high and wide of the target.

That was the last notable action of the first half and Salford needed to do more with their possession after the break.

HALF-TIME: SOUTHEND UNITED 0 SALFORD CITY 0

With first choice keeper Mark Oxley injured, Southend had brought in Portsmouth custodian Alex Bass on emergency loan. Bass had been struggling with a knock as the first half ended and didn’t re-emerge after the interval, with 18-year-old Harry Seaden taking his place.

Salford set about their second half with some enthusiasm and good work from Di’Shon Bernard worked possession to Hunter on the left. A run inside, parallel to the edge of the box produced a sight of goal and Hunter’s 22-yard right-footer dropped a foot or two over the bar.

There was a higher intensity about Salford’s play but Southend’s defence was proving a tough nut to crack. On 55 minutes Thomas-Asante tried a 22-yard snapshot that thumped into White before Hunter swung a cross from the left beyond the far post. Gotts made it to that one and his touch from tight to the line bounced up, forcing Seaden to tip the ball over at the upright.

Southend made a double change soon after that, with midfielders Alan McCormack and Ashley Nathaniel-George replacing Taylor and Simeon Akinola respectively.

The established pattern of the game continued as the Ammies bossed possession without managing to carve out clear-cut opportunities. Just past the hour Gotts was booked for a challenge on Nathaniel George as the first little signs of frustration began to creep in.

In the 62nd minute a quickly taken Hunter free-kick on the right allowed Gotts to lift a forward ball into the box, but Seaden made the catch after Wilson couldn’t get there.

Southend were always capable of creating the odd chance, despite spending so much time behind the ball. McCormack squared a low delivery from the right to the edge of the area, where Jason Lowe poked the ball away from Acquah. Ferguson was on hand to hit a low 22-yarder, forcing Hladký to sprawl low to the left before pushing the ball behind for a corner.

Midway through the second half the Ammies brought on Richie Towell and Ibou Touray for Wilson and Gotts in a bid to turn some of their possession into goals. Nevertheless, the next opportunity went to Southend as Ferguson’s lofted corner from the left was met by McCormack whose ambitious 20-yard volley flew extravagantly high over the target.

A game very much still in the balance, and on 20 minutes Salford very nearly got the goal that could have claimed the points. A long ball forward dropped into penalty area, on the right, and Eastham’s flicked header dropped perfectly for Henderson. The veteran striker had been short of service so far but he hit a first-time 6-yarder that was matched by a superb reaction save from Seaden in the home goal.

Great keeping from Seaden and he was called into action again 15 minutes from time. Bernard’s weaving run inside from the right took him to the edge of the area, only for his low left-footer to be smothered by the keeper.

Salford were certainly picking up the pace for the game’s final stages and Southend had defensive work to do. McCormack was booked 11 minutes from time for a foul on Coutts as the visitors pressed for a winner.

The Shrimpers were holding firm and in the 83rd minute Richie Wellens opted for a bit of attacking height as Mani Dieseruvwe was introduced in place of Thomas-Asante.

Salford were pressing, with Southend struggling to get out of their own half. Hunter swung in a dangerous cross from the right, but Seaden did well again as he punched clear under strong pressure from Eastham.

Time was running out for the “last big chance” to turn up and in the final minute of the 90 Touray swung a good cross from the left into the box. Dieseruvwe and Hobson went for it, with the refeee adjudging that the final touch had come off the Salford man after the ball flew wide of Seaden’s right-hand upright.

McCormack was a little lucky not to pick up a 2nd yellow after deliberately clipping Coutts as the game entered 5 minutes of time added on. We were in the 3rd of those as Towell launched a cross from the left that dropped to the far side of the penalty area. Henderson touched a pass diagonally back and inside for Hunter to get in a low 17 yarder that took a nick off a Southend defender on its way wide of the far post.

Hunter took the corner but although Eastham met it at the far post with a header back across goal, the Shrimpers managed to clear their lines.

A late furry of attacks from the Ammies but it was to no avail as the referee’s whistle brought the curtain down on this afternoon’s proceedings.

FULL-TIME: SOUTHEND UNITED 0 SALFORD CITY 0

Despite the recent upturn in Southend’s form, the Ammies must have been targeting this particular game as one they could win. Once again we saw them dominate possession and play some neat stuff without testing the opposition keeper as much as they should.

The difficult part – turning that possession into chances and goals – proved elusive again today.

Of course, with 16 league games yet to play the current 7-point gap to the automatic promotion places is eminently bridgeable, but other teams are limbering up for a strong finish.

Only 2 of 11 league games played this year have yielded more than one Salford goal, and with the attacking talent available, that must surely change over the games that remain.

There is still very much everything to play for, and two home games over the next 7 days present an opportunity to force a way back into the mix. Let's hope the cutting edge will be honed for those fixtures...

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