Southend 2 City 2
Southend, home to the world’s longest pier, is West Ham country and the latest Hammers joke is apt: why does Curbishley tell his players to use their mobile ‘phones in the car? It’s the only way they’ll get three points!!!
There was an odd combination of pre and half time entertainment at Roots Hall (in Estate Agent language, ‘a quaint football ground’): a lady live singer, Chesney Hawkes from yesteryear, a man trying to kick four footballs into a box to win a car and the Essex Bluebell girls. We were also speculating about the identity of the Southend Mascot – was he a secret Ku Klux Klan member, or an upturned cigarette butt? No, a shrimp!
The match started in sun, it rained and finished cloudy, this summed up City’s performance on the day. A rearranged back four with Maybury on the left struggled all match to contain Southend down the flanks; the ball was given away too often in midfield against a very hard working home side – but there were incisive Leicester attacks, particularly in the first half that saw Horsfield twice and Hume, through 1:1 on the keeper, fail to add to Leicester’s early goal.
The game began with a wonderful triple save from Henderson to keep out Eastwood at point blank range, then a sweeping City move saw Hume, unmarked, head a driven Porter cross from the left across goal and in at the far post (9 minutes). Horsfield was booked for diving when it looked like he stumbled and Southend, driven on by Mayer and Gower especially, competed well and finished the half strongly….