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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
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1 Burton Albion 38 76
2 Shrewsbury Town 39 74
3 Wycombe Wanderers 39 74
4 Bury 38 67
5 Southend United 38 63
6 Newport County AFC 39 61
7 Plymouth Argyle 39 60
8 Luton Town 39 58
9 Stevenage 38 57
10 Northampton Town 39 56
11 Exeter City 39 55
12 AFC Wimbledon 39 53
13 Morecambe 39 50
14 Portsmouth 39 49
15 Dagenham & Redbridge 39 49
16 Oxford United 39 46
17 Accrington Stanley 39 46
18 Mansfield Town 39 45
19 Cambridge United 39 44
20 York City 39 41
21 Carlisle United 39 41
22 Hartlepool United 39 39
23 Tranmere Rovers 39 38
24 Cheltenham Town 39 37