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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 Shrewsbury Town 34 64
2 Burton Albion 34 64
3 Wycombe Wanderers 34 63
4 Luton Town 34 58
5 Bury 34 58
6 Southend United 34 58
7 Newport County AFC 34 53
8 Plymouth Argyle 34 52
9 Stevenage 34 52
10 Northampton Town 34 50
11 AFC Wimbledon 34 46
12 Morecambe 34 45
13 Portsmouth 34 44
14 Exeter City 34 44
15 Accrington Stanley 34 43
16 Cambridge United 34 41
17 Mansfield Town 34 41
18 Dagenham & Redbridge 34 40
19 Oxford United 34 39
20 York City 34 36
21 Carlisle United 34 36
22 Tranmere Rovers 34 34
23 Cheltenham Town 34 34
24 Hartlepool United 34 27