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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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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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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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