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Roots Hall (ATT 5,104) 20th December 2013 - Kick off 19:45

Southend Southend United vs Rochdale Rochdale

Southend 1

K Hurst (45)

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Rochdale 1

J Allen (14)

Hurst keeps Southend in hunt

Last Updated: 20/12/13 10:57pm

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Kevan Hurst: Earned Southend a draw against Rochdale

Kevan Hurst: Earned Southend a draw against Rochdale

Kevan Hurst's eighth goal of the season secured Southend a 1-1 draw against fellow play-off chasers Rochdale at Roots Hall.

The in-form Shrimpers winger lashed home a well-struck 16-yard shot on the stroke of half-time to ensure a mostly uneventful encounter ended all-square.

Rochdale opened the scoring after 14 minutes when Jamie Allen reacted sharply to Ian Henderson's blocked shot and fired a well-struck effort in to the top corner of the net via the underside of the crossbar.

A stunning double goal-line clearance from Luke Prosser then stopped Rochdale making it 2-0 as the defender somehow kept out efforts from both Scott Hogan and Henderson in quick succession.

Southend made the most of the let-off by equalising in the 45th minute when Hurst collected a pass from Michael Timlin and fired home from inside the penalty area.

The Shrimpers then came close to winning the game eight minutes from time when Barry Corr headed a left-wing cross from Timlin against the top of the crossbar.

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