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Crown Ground (ATT 1,589) 9th February 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: A Haines

Accrington Accrington Stanley vs Southend United Southend

Accrington 1

J Gray (58)

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Southend 1

R Cresswell (S/O 65)
K Hurst (82)

Hurst belter denies Stanley

Last Updated: 09/02/13 7:27pm

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Kevan Hurst: Late equaliser

Kevan Hurst: Late equaliser

Kevan Hurst's wonder goal rescued a 1-1 draw for promotion-chasing Southend eight minutes from time at Accrington.

Hurst belted the ball home from 20 yards, making something out of nothing, for 10-man Southend to take home a point from the Store First Stadium.

Striker James Gray had given struggling Stanley the lead in the 58th minute. The striker got the ball from Rommy Boco on the left of the area and slid through defender Ryan Cresswell's legs and into the bottom of the net.

It looked worse for the Shrimpers when defender Cresswell saw red shortly after when he seemingly pushed Gray towards the dugouts and was sent off for violent conduct.

Stanley, with one win in 13 league games, just could not hold on despite creating the better chances throughout the game.

The first half was one to forget with Gray missing the best chance, firing wide for Stanley with only 'keeper Paul Smith to beat.

After the break James Beattie could not connect properly with Boco's right-wing cross as Stanley hunted for their only their second win of the calendar year.

Then the game burst into life with Stanley's goal - their first in more than six hours of football - and the dismissal which got both sets of fans heated.

Peter Murphy was inches away from connecting with Gray's cross as Stanley looked for a second and, after Hurst's leveller, Lee Molyneux forced a superb save from Smith as both sides had to settle for a point.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Wycombe Wanderers 27 52
2 Shrewsbury Town 27 51
3 Burton Albion 27 51
4 Luton Town 26 47
5 Southend United 27 47
6 Newport County AFC 27 46
7 Bury 26 41
8 Stevenage 27 41
9 Exeter City 28 41
10 Plymouth Argyle 27 40
11 Morecambe 27 37
12 AFC Wimbledon 26 36
13 Cambridge United 25 35
14 Northampton Town 27 34
15 Accrington Stanley 25 33
16 Oxford United 27 30
17 Cheltenham Town 27 30
18 Portsmouth 26 29
19 York City 27 28
20 Mansfield Town 26 28
21 Tranmere Rovers 26 27
22 Carlisle United 27 27
23 Dagenham & Redbridge 26 26
24 Hartlepool United 27 18