Cup joy as City are sunk in extra time

13 Aug

Southend 3-2 Bristol City
In a fantastic cup tie at Roots Hall, two goals from Matt Paterson and a diving header from substitute Barry Corr saw off Championship Bristol City – and saw manager Steve Coppell resign two days later.

The visitors got off to a fantastic start when Jamie McAllister fired a 25 yard free-kick past the unsighted Glenn Morris with just two minutes on the clock.

Blues were level from the spot when Anthony Grant was needlessly tripped by former Shrimpers midfielder Jamal Campbell-Ryce. Paterson stepped up to convert the spot-kick off the crossbar.

Southend dominated the rest of the game and twice went within inches of regaining the lead through Anthony Grant efforts.

However, with eight minutes left, Albert Adomah shrugged off the challenge of Josh Simpson and crossed for Ivan Sproule to fire in via a wicked deflection.

Southend looked to be beaten – however they responded late for the second game running. Scott Spencer fired in an inviting cross which found the head of Barry Corr, whose bullet effort hit the South Stand net and set up extra time.

And the winner arrived ten minutes into that period, Ryan Hall beating his man before lofting a ball in from the left to pick out Paterson, who directed his header perfectly beyond Dean Gerkin to set up a second round tie with Premiership Wolves.

It was misery for City, whose manager Steve Coppell resigned on Thursday just three months after taking up the post.

Southend: Morris, Simpson, Barker, Prosser, Coughlan, Soares, Grant, Easton, Paterson, Sturrock, Zaaboub. Subs used: Hall, Corr, Spencer


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