The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Con­nor Arm­strong

SOUTHEND boss Phil Brown branded his pro­mo­tion-seek­ers naïve af­ter their ten-game un­beaten run was halted by im­prov­ing Ac­cring­ton.

Goals from Piero Min­goia and Terry Gor­nell put a dent in Southend’s bid for a top-three fin­ish as Ac­cring­ton be­came the first side to score at Roots Hall since Bury in Oc­to­ber last year.

Barry Corr’s late goal for the hosts proved no more than a con­so­la­tion ef­fort for Brown’s men.

Brown said: “It was just purely down to knowl­edge more than any­thing else.That lit­tle bit of nous at League Two level. We looked naïve in terms of de­fend­ing to­day.

“I’m dis­ap­pointed that we didn't have the nous to beat a com­pet­i­tive Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley side.

“It’s not back to the drawing board, but just a case of get­ting back to ba­sics in terms of de­fend­ing.

“A long-throw is quite a ba­sic thing to de­fend, and then when the sec­ond one goes in we’ve got a bit of a moun­tain to climb.”

Southend striker Joe Pig­ott had the best chance of the first half af­ter cap­i­tal­is­ing on a poor back­pass and rac­ing through on goal, but was ham­pered by a heavy touch and the chance went beg­ging.

Home de­fender Ryan Leonard was called into ac­tion shortly af­ter­wards when he had to clear the ball off the line af­ter a Josh Win­dass cor­ner saw Stan­ley cap­tain Luke Joyce un­leash a fiercely struck vol­ley that Leonard did well to deal with.

Southend goal­keeper Ted Smith’s hopes he would keep a clean sheet on his se­nior de­but were dashed af­ter Min­goia latched onto a way­ward header from Adam Thomp­son, fin­ish­ing with a cush­ioned vol­ley that gave Smith no chance.

Thomp­son then had a chance to level the scores, but glanced wide of goal af­ter find­ing him­self un­marked on the edge of the six­yard box when he re­ally should have hit the tar­get.

With 20 min­utes re­main­ing, Gor­nell dou­bled the ad­van­tage for the vis­i­tors when he raced clear of the Southend be­fore chip­ping the ball over the on­rush­ing Smith.

Southend re­sponded im­me­di­ately, with sub­sti­tutes Corr and David Wor­rall com­bin­ing to pull one back for the Shrimpers just two min­utes later, as Corr rose high­est to nod in Wor­rall’s cross at the far-post.

Ac­cring­ton have now beaten high-fly­ing Ply­mouth and Southend in the space of a week af­ter go­ing seven games with­out a win.

Manager John Cole­man said: “We know there’s been games where we’ve let our­selves down in that run of con­sec­u­tive de­feats, but there’s also some good per­for­mances in there.

“Southend are a good side, and we man­aged to see it through. I fully ex­pect to see them in League One next sea­son.

“The dis­ap­point­ing thing for us is that we con­ceded when we did.

“If we could have kept it at 2-0 for five or ten more min­utes, Southend have to get a lit­tle bit more gung-ho, a lit­tle bit more cav­a­lier, and we could’ve coun­tered and scored again.”

PIC­TURES: Martin Dal­ton

GET­TING A LIFT: Terry Gor­nell cel­e­brates his goal for Ac­cring­ton Inset: Barry Corr heads home

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