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Roots Hall (ATT 5,993) 31st January 2014 - Kick off 19:45

Southend Southend United vs Newport County AFC Newport

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Robbie Willmott: Missed a penalty

Robbie Willmott: Missed a penalty

Robbie Willmott missed a second-half penalty as Newport held Southend to their first goalless draw of the season at Roots Hall .

In a largely uneventful League Two clash on Friday night, the Shrimpers were grateful for a share of the spoils in testing conditions after County wing-back Willmot ballooned his spot-kick over the crossbar.

Southend had the better of the game in the first half and visiting goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley did well to tip a close-range header from Will Atkinson on to the right-hand post.

Pidgeley then also pushed away an angled effort from Barry Corr before he turned a deflected Lee Barnard header around the post.

However, Newport were on top after the break and wasted a great chance to score in the 52nd minute when Mark Phillips hauled down Ryan Burge inside the penalty area.

But Willmot's penalty flew embarrassingly high and wide of the target.

Southend midfielder Michael Timlin then had a 25-yard shot go inches past the right-hand upright before Willmott almost atoned for his penalty miss right at the death but his close-range effort was saved by Dan Bentley.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Wycombe Wanderers 18 35
2 Burton Albion 18 35
3 Luton Town 18 34
4 Shrewsbury Town 18 33
5 Southend United 18 31
6 Plymouth Argyle 18 30
7 Bury 18 30
8 Newport County AFC 18 28
9 Exeter City 18 27
10 Portsmouth 18 26
11 Morecambe 18 26
12 Accrington Stanley 18 26
13 Cambridge United 18 24
14 Northampton Town 18 24
15 Stevenage 18 24
16 AFC Wimbledon 18 24
17 Mansfield Town 18 22
18 Cheltenham Town 18 22
19 Oxford United 18 20
20 York City 18 18
21 Dagenham & Redbridge 18 18
22 Carlisle United 18 18
23 Tranmere Rovers 18 12
24 Hartlepool United 18 12