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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 Burton Albion 10 22
2 Wycombe Wanderers 10 21
3 Bury 10 20
4 Southend United 10 20
5 Northampton Town 10 17
6 Morecambe 10 16
7 Shrewsbury Town 10 15
8 Portsmouth 10 15
9 Cheltenham Town 10 15
10 Luton Town 10 15
11 Mansfield Town 10 15
12 AFC Wimbledon 10 14
13 Stevenage 10 14
14 Plymouth Argyle 10 13
15 Newport County AFC 10 13
16 Accrington Stanley 10 13
17 Exeter City 10 12
18 Cambridge United 10 11
19 Dagenham & Redbridge 10 11
20 Tranmere Rovers 10 9
21 York City 10 9
22 Hartlepool United 10 8
23 Oxford United 10 7
24 Carlisle United 10 6