Tag: Joe Pigott

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 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: Portsmouth 1-2 Southend

Southend came from behind to win at Fratton Park and extend Portsmouth’s winless league run to eight games.

Pompey started brightly and took the lead when Andy Webster rose highest to head in Craig Westcarr’s free-kick.

The lead did not last long and David Worrall headed across goal for Ryan Leonard to cushion in the equaliser.

Joe Pigott picked up Barry Corr’s knock-down to fire a deflected winner before both Corr and Pompey’s Paul McCallum saw red in the closing stages.

Corr picked up a second yellow card for kicking the ball away before McCallum received a straight red for violent conduct in the dying seconds.

Portsmouth manager Andy Awford told BBC Radio Solent:

“Another frustrating afternoon; there’s not a lot in the game so it’s fine lines. We haven’t won in an awful long time now. It’s a tough time for everyone at the football club and we have to start turning half decent performances.

“It’s probably not as good as last week, it’s very fine lines and we have to start turning those performances into results and unfortunately today we couldn’t do that.

“I understand the pressures of the job and that goes with being a first-team manager.

“I take full responsibility for the team out there, I pick the players and I take full responsibility for that. There’s no ducking out, I will always come out, talk to you guys and say how it is.”

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League 2: Oxford 2-3 Southend

Substitute Barry Corr scored late on as 10-man Southend came from behind to win at Oxford.

Corr turned in Ben Coker’s cross with eight minutes left, just after two U’s efforts had been cleared off the line.

Callum O’Dowda’s low finish gave Oxford the lead, before David Worrall headed an equaliser from a Coker cross.

After Southend’s Gary Deegan was sent off, Sam Long headed his first Oxford goal, but Joe Pigott nodded in to make it 2-2 before Corr struck.

Shrimpers boss Phil Brown was sent to the stand late on for persistent encroachment onto the pitch.

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