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Roots Hall (ATT 6,382) 13th February 2010 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: S Cook

Southend Southend United vs Tranmere Rovers Tranmere

Southend 1

S Vernon (pen 15)

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Tranmere 1

I Goodison (48)

Goodison grabs vital point

Shrimpers rue missed chance as Rovers capitalise

By Hayley Paterson.   Last Updated: 13/02/10 7:18pm

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Goodison: Clinical goal

Goodison: Clinical goal

A second-half strike from Ian Goodison secured a valuable 1-1 draw for struggling Tranmere at Southend.

The Shrimpers took the lead through Scott Vernon's 15th minute penalty, but three minutes into the second-half Goodison fired home to earn Rovers a much-needed point.

Southend went ahead when French forward Francis Laurent was brought down in the box by Rovers defender Zoumana Bakayogo.

Vernon stepped up to take the spot-kick and opened the scoring and also his account for the League One club.

Despite neither goalkeeper being really tested in the remainder of the half, Southend should have doubled their advantage in stoppage-time when Simon Francis' free-kick was headed over from six yards by Laurent.

The hosts were made to rue that chance shortly after the interval when Paul McLaren's corner was volleyed in by Gareth Edds for Goodison to smash home from close range.

Southend shot-stopper Steve Mildenhall kept his side in the game with a fine one-handed save to stop Ian Thomas-Moore from adding a second for Rovers five minutes later.

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8 Peterborough United 39 56
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13 Oldham Athletic 39 52
14 Gillingham 39 51
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17 Coventry City 39 46
18 Crewe Alexandra 39 45
19 Scunthorpe United 38 44
20 Notts County 38 43
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22 Leyton Orient 38 42
23 Colchester United 38 38
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