Southend’s home form continued to drag them closer to the relegation zone as 10-men Barnsley strengthen their grip on automatic promotion.
The Blues came into the game off the back of 2 crucial draws against Accrington Stanley and coming from 3-0 down against through a Simon Cox hat-trick. Barnsley had all to play for as they arrived at Roots Hall 5 points behind league leaders Luton United.
Barnsley controlled the possession and tempo of the majority the 35th minute until Brown got himself a straight red after a high-tackle on Sam Mantom. The rest of the half was all Southend as they came close to a breakthrough from a deflected shot by Dieng.
The 2nd half was a different story as Barnsley defended with 10-men and hit the prone Southend defence on the counter. Cameron McGeehan squeezed a low shot into the corner after calamitous defending from Michael Turner to get the breakthrough.
Agitated fans continued to get on the Shrimper’s backs as ex-Blues loanee Cauley Woodrow drove the ball past Bishop in the 73rd minute. In response, Southend United opened up more in attempt to recreate the heroics of the Portsmouth drama.
Barnsley secured their victory as Michael Klass lost the ball in his own half, leading to Green taping past a helpless Bishop in the 93rd minute to cap off a well deserved victory
Despite fielding five youth academy products in the game, Southend United were punished for their naive attacking set-up on the 2nd half. Chasing the game frantically caused Moore and Turner to be left exposed by their three center-midfielder’s. The Blues now sit just four points above the relegation zone.
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