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The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

penalty area against the left post be­fore his header struck the op­po­site up­right.

Southend hit back with David Wor­rall fir­ing over from 12 yards, but Sh­effield United al­most won it three min­utes from time when Sharp sent a 20-yard shot against the right post to en­sure the two teams drew for the first time in history.

How­ever, Shrimpers as­sis­tant man­ager Gra­ham Cough­lan was still not sure if he should be happy to pick up a point.

“When you’re 2-0 up in any game you ex­pect to see it through and you ex­pect to win it,” said Cough­lan.

“We al­ways knew it would be tough here but we were dif­fer­ent class for 35 min­utes. Af­ter that the next goal was al­ways go­ing to be huge and un­for­tu­nately they got back into it be­fore half-time.

“In the sec­ond half it was back to the walls for us but we still had one or two lit­tle counter-at­tacks with David Wor­rall go­ing close.

“Over­all though, I thought it was a thor­oughly en­ter­tain­ing game for both sets of fans.

“If you had of­fered me a point be­fore the game I would’ve taken it but we put our­selves into a good po­si­tion to have got all three.

“We’re still find­ing our feet in this di­vi­sion but we seem to get pun­ished for our er­rors but our op­po­nents don’t so we need to be more ruth­less.

“It’s four league games with­out a win now as well and we want that run to end as quickly as we pos­si­bly can.”

PIC­TURE: Sport Im­age

LIFE­LINE: Sh­effield United’s Jose Bax­ter pulls one back af­ter Ryan Leonard had opened the scor­ing for Southend, inset

STAR MAN RYAN LEONARD

Southend

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