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29 July 2014

McGoldrick back as Wordsworth wins it for Blues with the last kick of the game

David McGoldrick gave Town a boost ahead of the Championship kick-off in little over a week’s time when he returned to action for the first time since February.

The striker came on for the last 20 minutes as he stepped up his recovery from knee problems, his arrival on the pitch receiving the biggest applause of the night from the travelling Blue Army. 

Balint Bajner, on trial at Town, gave Mick McCarthy a nudge with a terrific goal to give Blues the lead just before the hour but Southend levelled the scores 16 minutes from time through Myles Weston.

Blues won it though with the last kick of the game, Anthony Wordsworth forcing the ball in from close range.

Shrimpers’ legend Freddy Eastwood was given a standing ovation after leaving the field less than a minute after the game kicked off, the striker appearing in a Southend shirt for the last time.

Frank Nouble had the clearest chance to open the scoring in the first-half, the frontman shooting straight at Smith after the home side lost possession on the edge of their own box.

Tyrone Mings showed a willingness to get forward and twice had opportunities to test the Southend ‘keeper but the ball didn’t run kindly for him at the crucial stage.

Lee Barnard headed over from Gary Deegan’s cross in Southend’s brightest moment of the first-half, while at the other end Smith had an anxious moment when his clearance cannoned back off Nouble into the ‘keeper’s hands.

Town made seven changes to the line-up at the break, with one of the substitutes, Elliott Hewitt, winning a free-kick on the edge of the box. The ball was only partly cleared by

Southend, Cameron Stewart sent a cross into the box and Bajner curled in a terrific strike from 18 yards after the ball broke to him.

Phil Brown’s side were level on 74 minutes though, a terrific move down the right saw David Worrall find space to cross and Weston sidefooted home from 12 yards out – the first goal Blues have conceded in pre-season.

Patrick Cregg forced Bartosz Bialkowski into a terrific save, McGoldrick tested Smith but Wordsworth had the final say with the winner after good work by Ted Bishop.

Town: Bialkowski, Chambers (Hewitt 46), Smith (Clarke 73), Berra, Mings (Parr 46), Anderson (Stewart 46, Bishop 73)), Skuse (Wordsworth 46), Hyam (Bru 46, McGoldrick 73), Tabb (Taylor 64), Murphy (Marriott 46, Henshall 73), Nouble (Bajner 46). Sub not used: Gerken. 


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