Section: League2

League 2: Hartlepool 0-1 Southend

Southend United boosted their chances of League Two automatic promotion with victory against in-form Hartlepool.

The visitors almost took the lead early on when Barry Corr broke through on goal but sent his effort just wide.

Southend took the lead just after the restart when Will Atkinson fired past home goalkeeper Scott Flinders.

Pools pressured for a late equaliser and were unlucky not to take a point when Dan Jones’s volley was diverted onto the underside of the bar.

The result was Hartlepool’s first loss in six matches but they sit precariously just one point and one place off the League Two relegation places.

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League 2: Southend 2-0 Mansfield

Barry Corr’s eighth goal in nine games helped Southend United beat Mansfield and kept alive their slim League Two automatic promotion hopes.

Michael Timlin’s pass allowed Corr to lift the ball past Lenny Pidgeley before Will Atkinson tucked in a rebound for the second.

Vadaine Oliver’s header against the bar was as good as it got for Mansfield, who are six points above the drop zone.

Southend are eight points off third-placed Wycombe, with a game in hand.

Mansfield Town manager Adam Murray told BBC Radio Nottingham:

“We gave everything we could, but we came up against a side that were better than us in certain areas.

“We matched them for large parts, but we got punished for little errors like we have done for the majority of the season.”

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League 2: Dagenham & Redbridge 1-3 Southend

Southend moved three points from the automatic promotion places with a deserved win over Dagenham & Redbridge.

The visitors took the lead when Joe Pigott traded passes with Ben Coker before firing past Liam O’Brien.

Dagenham levelled through Ayo Obileye’s header from Billy Bingham’s free-kick but Ryan Leonard volleyed in from 35 yards to re-take the lead.

Damian Batt handled in the area and Barry Corr stepped up to convert the resulting penalty to secure the win.

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League 2: Stevenage 4-2 Southend

Southend’s automatic promotion hopes were dented by a late fightback by League Two rivals Stevenage.

The hosts’ Roarie Deacon scored his first career goal when his cross crept into the net, before Joe Pigott levelled with a volley after half-time.

Barry Corr put Southend ahead from the spot but Boro equalised with a penalty of their own from Simon Walton.

Teenage substitute Ben Kennedy curled Stevenage ahead on 86 minutes, then sent Dean Parrett through for a fourth.

Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

“The attitude of the team in the last 25 minutes or so was exactly what you wanted and as an 11 they went forward with real gusto to score three good goals and win the game.

“They’re a decent side and we were in the situation we were in. But we know they do concede late goals and we always fancied we could affect the game late on.

“It’s rude to single out Ben Kennedy for praise. Football’s a team game and when a young kid comes in and does all right, I think it’s rude to ignore the efforts of the team. But it’s great a young kid has come in and done his job very well.

“The pitch was difficult again but people will probably go away saying what a great game, that they can’t wait to get down there again and that’s what you want.”

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League 2: Southend 1-2 Accrington Stanley

Promotion-chasing Southend United saw their 10-game unbeaten run in League Two ended by Accrington Stanley.

Joe Pigott hit the bar for the Shrimpers, but Accrington almost netted when Luke Joyce’s volley was headed off the line by Ryan Leonard.

Piero Mingoia put the visitors in front when he fired in a neat volley, and Terry Gornell’s lob doubled the lead.

Southend replied instantly as Barry Corr headed in David Worrall’s cross, but Stanley comfortably held on.

Southend dropped to fifth, two points off the promotion spots, while Accrington moved up a place to 14th.

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League 2: Southend 2-0 Cheltenham

A first-half brace from on-loan striker Joe Pigott earned Southend victory over Cheltenham as the Shrimpers extended their unbeaten league run to 10 games.

Pigott, who arrived at Roots Hall from Charlton in January, fired in from close range to put the hosts ahead.

He then placed a superb header into the bottom-left corner from Ben Coker’s free-kick to double the lead.

Cheltenham’s best chance saw Matt Taylor’s second-half header cleared off the line by Michael Timlin.

The win for Phil Brown’s men was Southend’s first victory in a home midweek game in almost three-and-a-half-years and leaves them in fourth place, just two points off an automatic promotion spot.

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League 2: Shrewsbury 1-1 Southend

Debutant Tyrone Barnett hit a late equaliser for Shrewsbury against Southend to keep up his new side’s unbeaten home League Two record.

But it could not prevent the morning leaders being knocked off the top, as Burton and Wycombe both won.

Barnett fired home with his left foot from inside the penalty area with five minutes remaining.

Midfielder Jack Payne had put Southend ahead when he found the top-right corner with a right-foot shot.

Shrewsbury still boast the best home record in the country, having now won 12 and drawn three of their 15 league games, conceding just six goals.

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FA Cup: Man Utd 3-0 Cambridge

Juan Mata, Marcos Rojo ensure Manchester United advance

Cambridge’s heart-warming FA Cup run came to an end as Manchester United snuffed out any hopes of another shock at Old Trafford.

Juan Mata, Marcos Rojo and second-half substitute James Wilson scored in the 3-0 win which sent United through to a fifth-round tie at League One Preston.

Cambridge failed to match the heroics of Bradford and Middlesbrough — who knocked out Chelsea and Manchester City respectively — but it could have been a much different story had Tom Elliott converted a great opportunity after just 50 seconds.

Cambridge will not care about that though. The 6,500 fans they brought to Old Trafford — and the supporters they have won along this FA Cup run — were just delighted the team made it this far.

And in fairness to the League Two outfit they put up more than a fight in their two fixtures against the 20-time English champions.

The 0-0 draw against United 11 days ago will live long in the memory of the club’s fans — as will their trip to Old Trafford, where they came up against a team worth almost £240million.

The £1million windfall the minnows have earned from this replay will come in particularly handy to Cambridge, who have an annual turnover of £1.6million.

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Football Transfer Round Up

Transfer deals – February 2015

The January transfer window in England and Scotland closed on Monday, 2 February.

Clubs are still able to sign free agents after the deadline, and the Football League loan window re-opens on Monday, 7 February.

3 February

Premier League

Football League
Jamie Ashdown [Unattached – Oxford]
Mathieu Manset [Walsall – Cheltenham] Free



2 February (Transfer deadline day)

Most expensive signing of the January transfer window: Manchester City’s £28m purchase of Swansea’s Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Bony.

Busiest clubs: Crystal Palace, Crawley Town and Millwall have signed eight players each.

Major deals
00:10 GMT – Dame N’Doye [Lokomotiv Moscow – Hull] Undisclosed
23:51 – Stuart Armstrong [Dundee United – Celtic] Undisclosed
23:51 – Gary Mackay-Steven [Dundee United – Celtic] Undisclosed
23:38 – Darren Fletcher [Man Utd – West Brom] Free
23:15 – Dele Alli [MK Dons – Tottenham] Undisclosed (in the region of £5m); Alli loaned back to MK Dons until end of season
23:01 – Ryan Bertrand [Chelsea – Southampton] Undisclosed
22:40 – Wilfried Zaha [Manchester United – Crystal Palace] Undisclosed
22:33 – Aaron Lennon [Tottenham – Everton] Loan
22:33 – Lee Chung-yong [Bolton – Crystal Palace] Undisclosed
21:42 – Mohamed Salah [Chelsea – Fiorentina] Loan
19:45 – Filip Djuricic [Benfica – Southampton] Loan
18:38 – Juan Cuadrado [Fiorentina – Chelsea] £23.3m
17:31 – Andre Schurrle [Chelsea – Wolfsburg] £22m
12:02 – Robert Huth [Stoke – Leicester] Loan

Other transfers
01:00 – Robbie Muirhead [Kilmarnock – Dundee United] £150,000
00:52 – Nathan Thomas [Plymouth – Motherwell] Free
00:30 – Tim Cahill [New York Red Bulls – Shanghai Shenhua] Free
00:25 – Tony Andreu [Hamilton – Norwich] Undisclosed
00:22 – Marvin Johnson [Kidderminster – Motherwell] Undisclosed
23:57 – Rhys Murphy [Dagenham – Oldham] Undisclosed
23:51 – Saidy Janko [Man Utd – Bolton] Loan
23:51 – Andy Kellett [Bolton – Man Utd] Loan
23:46 – Danny Swanson [Coventry – St Johnstone] Loan
23:36 – Filipe Joaquim Melo Silva [Moreirenses – Sheffield Wednesday] Undisclosed
23:33 – Gary MacKenzie [Blackpool – Bradford] Loan
23:30 – Gael Bigirimana [Newcastle – Rangers] Loan
23:30 – Shane Ferguson [Newcastle – Rangers] Loan
23:30 – Kevin Mbabu [Newcastle – Rangers] Loan
23:30 – Remie Streete [Newcastle – Rangers] Loan
23:30 – Haris Vuckic [Newcastle – Rangers] Loan
23:23 – Filip Twardzik [Celtic – Bolton] Undisclosed
23:23 – Andy Delort [Wigan – Tours] Loan
23:03 – Leon Clarke [Wolves – Wigan] Loan
22:58 – Jesse Lingard [Manchester United – Derby] Loan
22:55 – Matthew Kennedy [Everton – Cardiff] Undisclosed
22:55 – Conor McAleny [Everton – Cardiff] Loan
22:55 – Conor Grant [Everton – Motherwell] Loan
22:47 – Eoin Doyle [Chesterfield – Cardiff] Undisclosed
22:36 – Barry Bannan [Crystal Palace – Bolton] Loan
22:30 – Greg Luer [Hull City – Port Vale] Loan
22:30 – Scott Davies [Fleetwood – Accrington] Loan
22:26 – Fraser Fyvie [Wigan – Hibernian] Free
22:15 – Keith Andrews [Bolton – MK Dons] Loan
22:15 – Paul Dixon [Huddersfield – Dundee United] Free
22:14 – Ivan Calero [Derby – Burton] Loan
22:11 – Danny Johnson [Cardiff – Stevenage] Loan
22:00 – Bruno Andrade [QPR – Stevenage] Loan
22:00 – Matt Done [Rochdale – Sheffield United] Undisclosed
21:45 – Jordan Wynter [Bristol City – Cheltenham] Free
21:38 – Lukas Culjak [Unattached – Aberdeen]
21:30 – Mani Dieseruvwe [Sheffield Wednesday – Chesterfield] Undisclosed
21:30 – Conor Wilkinson [Bolton – Oldham] Loan
21:26 – Tyrone Barnett [Peterborough – Shrewsbury] Undisclosed
21:23 – Thomas Ince [Hull City – Derby] Loan
21:20 – Lyle Taylor [Scunthorpe – Partick Thistle] Loan
21:03 – Kyle Lafferty [Norwich – Caykur Rizespor] Loan
21:00 – Anthony O’Connor [Blackburn – Plymouth] Undisclosed
20:59 – Keshi Anderson [Barton Rovers – Crystal Palace] Undisclosed
20:39 – Daniel Carr [Huddersfield – Dagenham] Loan
20:34 – Gaetan Bong [Olympiakos – Wigan] Free
20:31 – Tommy O’Sullivan [Cardiff – Port Vale] Loan
20:30 – David Mirfin [Scunthorpe – Hartlepool] Loan
20:21 – Callum Robinson [Aston Villa – Preston] Loan
20:15 – Tom Aldred [Accrington – Blackpool] Undisclosed
20:15 – Jordan Archer [Tottenham – Millwall] Loan
20:02 – Ishmael Miller [Blackpool – Huddersfield] Undisclosed
20:00 – Lenny Pidgeley [Newport – Mansfield] Loan
19:59 – Jack O’Connell [Blackburn – Brentford] Undisclosed
19:45 – Luke Williams [Middlesbrough – Coventry] Loan
19:29 – Sebastian Giovinco [Juventus – Toronto FC] Free
19:18 – Emmanuel Sonupe [Tottenham – St Mirren] Loan
19:00 – Gerardo Bruna [Whitehawk – Accrington] Free
18:46 – Davide Santon [Newcastle – Inter Milan] Loan
18:30 – Lewis McGugan [Watford – Sheff Wed] Loan
18:30 – Brendan Moloney [Yeovil – Northampton] Free
18:27 – Stephen McGinn [Sheffield United – Dundee] Free
18:27 – Ben Priest [Wolves – Dundee] Free
18:00 – Jordy Hiwula [Manchester City – Walsall] Loan
17:45 – Caolan Lavery [Sheff Wed – Chesterfield] Loan
17:42 – Paul Heffernan [Hibernian – Dundee] Free
17:39 – Kenny McLean [St Mirren – Aberdeen] £300,000
17:30 – Simeon Slavchev [Sporting Lisbon – Bolton] Loan
17:30 – Alex MacDonald [Burton – Oxford] Undisclosed
17:17 – Dylan Carreiro [Dundee – Arbroath] Loan
17:15 – Phil Roberts [Dundee – Alloa] Loan
17:12 – Ola Adeyemo [Dundee United – East Fife] Loan
17:00 – Thomas Eisfeld [Fulham – Bochum] Loan
17:00 – Chris David [Fulham – FC Twente] Loan
16:51 – Terry Gornell [Cheltenham – Accrington] Free
16:45 – Marnick Vermijl [Manchester United – Sheff Wed] Undisclosed
16:45 – Nathan Oduwa [Tottenham – Luton] Loan
16:30 – Mark Duffy [Birmingham – Chesterfield] Loan
16:30 – Ashley Carter [Wolves – Chesterfield] Loan
16:14 – Scott Harrison [Sunderland – Hartlepool] Undisclosed
16:00 – Tom McCready [Morecambe – Exeter] Free
15:46 – Alex Cisak [Burnley – Leyton Orient] Loan
15:44 – Keigan Parker [Airdrieonians – Clyde] Free
15:41 – Edgar Cani [Catania – Leeds] Loan
15:29 – George Long [Sheffield United – Motherwell] Loan
15:17 – Michael Duffy [Derry City – Celtic] Undisclosed
15:07 – Marvin Morgan [Plymouth – Hartlepool] Loan
14:43 – Yakubu [Unattached – Reading]
14:19 – Eliot Richards [Tranmere – Cheltenham] Free
14:02 – Sheyi Ojo [Liverpool – Wigan] Loan
13:56 – Gabriel Paletta [Parma – AC Milan] Undisclosed
13:17 – Michael Tonge [Leeds – Millwall] Loan
13:00 – Nathan Buddle [Blyth – Carlisle] Undisclosed
12:10 – Blair Turgott [West Ham – Coventry] Free
12:01 – Wes Burns [Bristol City – Cheltenham] Loan
11:54 – Andreas Breimyr [Bryne FK – Crystal Palace] Undisclosed*
10:38 – Sergiu Bus [CSKA Sofia – Sheffield Wednesday] Undisclosed
10:15 – Denny Johnstone [Birmingham – Cheltenham] Loan
10:08 – Charis Mavrias [Sunderland – Panathinaikos] Loan
09:27 – Nico Sumsky [Dukla Banska Bystrica – Hamilton Academical] Free
08:59 – Kenny Anderson [RKC Waalwijk – Hearts] Nominal

*will complete move in the summer

League2: Southend 1-0 York

Substitute Shaq Coulthirst fired in a late penalty to secure a narrow win for Southend United against York City at Roots Hall.

Luke Summerfield almost put York ahead but his curling effort was pushed wide of the right post by Daniel Bentley.

Russ Penn piled the pressure on the hosts when his close-range header was cleared off the line by Michael Timlin.

Southend clinched three points when Coulthirst fired from the spot after Joe Pigott was felled by Brad Halliday.

York City manager Russ Wilcox told BBC Radio York:

“At the moment the results are not marrying up with the performances unfortunately.

“That’s so important whether you’re at the top of the league or down at the bottom.

“It’s very frustrating. I could feel that coming a little bit because we absolutely dominated the first-half but you’ve got to score when the opportunities come.

“If a neutral was watching today I’m sure he’d be saying we were the top team but it’s important we move forward and go again.”

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