Southend 1-1 Swansea City
21st March 2008
Attendance: 9,797 Away: 896
Swansea City move a point closer to achieving automatic promotion after drawing 1-1 with Southend this afternoon at Roots Hall.
Kanu cancelled out Jason Scotland's opener from the penalty spot 5 minutes into first half injury time.
Roberto Martinez made one change to the side that beat Bristol Rovers 2-0 on Tuesday. He changed to a 4-5-1 formation, Duffy returned to the bench as Britton was back in midfield.
Southend had an early shot at goal before the Swans created their first chance just a few minutes later. Lawrence went close to scoring his second goal in as many games but the keeper saved his header from Robinson's cross.
Both sides had efforts on goal but it was the Swans who broke the deadlock half way through the first half. Butler was brought down by Mulgrew after receiving the ball from a superb long-range pass from Bodde.
Scotland stepped up to score his 26th goal of the campaign.
We couldn't hang on to our lead though until the break as the Shrimpers netted the equaliser 5 minutes into injury time. Robinson conceded a free-kick, and Kanu headed home Mulgrew's cross to put the scores level.
Both sides had shots blocked early in the second half as they went in search of a second goal.
The Swans made their first change as Duffy replaced Robinson and we switched to a 4-4-2 formation.
Butler was looking lively at this stage and he cut inside from the wing but his shot went just wide.
Southend also had their fair share of chances but the defence held firm to keep us level despite being under the cosh in the later stages of the game.
We then had our best opportunity to go back in front when Bodde's cross hit the bar and Lawrence couldn't direct the rebound in, Austin's back-heel was then cleared off the line.
Southend then had a penalty appeal rejected when Barnard had his shirt tugged by Alan Tate.
Southend United: Flahavan, Francis, Clarke, Barrett, Mulgrew, Black, McCormack, Bailey, Gower, Robson-Kanu, Walker. Subs: Collis, Grant, Moussa, Scannell, Barnard.
Swansea City: De Vries, Austin, Tate, Bodde, Britton, Pratley, Scotland, Lawrence, Robinson, Rangel, Butler. Subs: Duffy, Tudur Jones, MacDonald, Bauza, Way.
Att: 9,797 Away: 896