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Fratton Park (ATT 15,573) 24th January 2015 - Kick off 15:00

Portsmth Portsmouth vs Southend United Southend

Portsmth 1

A Webster (24)
P McCallum (S/O 90+4)

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Southend 2

R Leonard (29)
J Pigott (70)
B Corr (S/O 89)

Pressure mounts on Awford

Last Updated: 24/01/15 6:37pm

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Ryan Leonard: Amongst the goals

Ryan Leonard: Amongst the goals

Portsmouth boss Andy Awford's job prospects took another hit after his side's 2-1 defeat at home to promotion-chasing Southend.

Goals from Ryan Leonard and Joe Piggott earned the Shrimpers the points as Phil Brown's men came from behind to cancel out Andy Webster's opener in a game which saw men from either side dismissed late on.

Pompey chairman Iain McInnes described the game as a "must win" in his programme notes in a thinly-veiled warning to Awford.

The hosts started strongly and turned their dominance into a goal when Webster rose highest to head home a Craig Westcarr free-kick in the 24th minute.

Portsmouth led for just five minutes before Leonard escaped the attentions of the home back-line to coast in and cushion the ball into the back of the net after a header across goal from David Worrall.

Pigott bagged the winner 19 minutes from time, picking up on a knock-down from Barry Corr before seeing his deflected attempt find the back of the net.

The Shrimpers played out the final six minutes with 10 men after Corr was sent off for picking up a second yellow card for kicking the ball away while home striker Paul McCallum was dismissed for fighting in the dying seconds.

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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