September 29, 2012
Assombalonga denies Argyle
Britt Assombalonga netted an equaliser as 10-man Southend secured a 1-1 draw against Plymouth.
Argyle took the lead through on-loan Alex MacDonald in the 50th minute when he slid the ball under Southend goalkeeper Daniel Bentley after latching on to a pass from Guy Madjo.
Southend's response was almost immediate, with half-time substitute Ryan Leonard sending Assombalonga away down the right. The Southend striker made a brilliant turn -losing his marker with a deft drag back - before racing away to smash the ball between the legs of Argyle keeper Jake Cole in the 55th minute.
Southend substitute Freddy Eastwood fired just over after being set up by goal-scorer Assombalonga as United pressed for a winner.
Argyle manager Carl Fletcher's response was to make a double substitution and introduce fit-again Welsh striker Rhys Griffiths and fellow forward Paris Cowan-Hall.
Cowan-Hall's shot from 10 yards was cleared off the line by Michael Timlin. Southend were reduced to 10 men following Barry Corr's 82nd-minute red card, leaving visiting boss Paul Sturrock having to settle for a point on his return to former club Argyle.
|Plymouth Argyle||Southend United|
|1 Jake Cole||17 Daniel Bentley|
|5 Darren Purse||23 Chris Barker|
|14 Onismor Bhasera||16 Luke Prosser|
|4 Maximo Blanchard||2 Sean Clohessy|
|2 Durrell Berry||6 Ryan Cresswell|
|8 Luke Young||14 Kevan Hurst|
|3 Robbie Williams||19 John Spicer|
|6 Conor Hourihane||8 Michael Timlin|
|11 Warren Feeney||11 David Martin|
|18 Guy Madjo||24 Elliot Benyon|
|32 Alexander MacDonald||20 Britt Assombalonga|
|13 Ollie Chenoweth||Ted Smith 31|
|17 Curtis Nelson||Graham Coughlan 5|
|27 Andres Gurrieri||Anthony Straker 3|
|9 Nick Chadwick||Ryan Leonard 18|
|10 Rhys Griffiths||Alex Woodyard 30|
|7 Paris Cowan Hall||Freddy Eastwood 7|
|21 Matt Lecointe||Barry Corr 10|
|Paris Cowan Hall for Warren Feeney (65)||Ryan Leonard for David Martin (46)|
|Rhys Griffiths for Guy Madjo (65)||Freddy Eastwood for Elliot Benyon (64)|
|Nick Chadwick for Alexander MacDonald (90)||Barry Corr for John Spicer (68)|
|Durrell Berry (60)||Ryan Leonard (90)|
|Barry Corr (81)|
|· Squads: Plymouth Argyle | Southend United|