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Roots Hall (ATT 6,507) 14th February 2009 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: D Whitestone

Southend Southend United vs Tranmere Rovers Tranmere

Betsy sees Shrimpers home

Substitute steps off the bench to steal points

Last Updated: 14/02/09 6:32pm

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Betsy: Late drama

Betsy: Late drama

Kevin Betsy bagged the winning goal in the third minute of stoppage time as Southend beat Tranmere 2-1.

Substitute Kevin Betsy bagged the winning goal in the third minute of stoppage time as Southend beat Tranmere 2-1 at Roots Hall.

Rovers looked on course for a point but Betsy came off the bench after 84 minutes and slotted the ball home from close range following Dougie Freedman's centre from the left byline.

The Shrimpers had the perfect start after three minutes when Simon Francis' cross from the right was cleared into the path of Theo Robinson.

The on-loan Watford striker saw his initial shot parried by veteran goalkeeper John Achterberg, making his first start since August after Danny Coyne was injured at Colchester, but he composed himself to net at the second attempt from 12 yards.

Ian Moore levelled for the play-off chasing visitors from the penalty spot after Dougie Freedman handled a Chris Shuker cross into the box.

Moore fired his spot-kick low into the right-hand corner of the goal beyond the diving Steve Mildenhall, before Betsy struck late on to break Rovers' hearts

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