Southend United v Plymouth Argyle, 09 September 2000

Score2-2
CompetitionLeague Division 3
VenueRoots Hall
Attendance3,417
Both clubs continued to come to terms with Division Three 2000/01 as the spoils were shared in Essex. Southend had failed to score in their previous two games but they had an early boost as Trevor Fitzpatrick slid in at the far post to score from David Lee's cross. Argyle were goalless in their two preceding League & Cup games, and they were soon off the mark when keeper Andy Woodman's attempted clearance cannoned in off the burly figure of Sean McCarthy. Woodman was red-faced again 25 minutes later when he was left in no-man's land as Paul McGregor read Jason Peake's cross to head his third goal in four games. Southend's saviour was transfer-listed Scott Houghton. The super sub cut in from the left wing, leaving Wayne O'Sullivan in his wake, before sending a right foot sizzler in Jon Sheffield's top left corner from fully 25 yards. Argyle had been the better team for much of the game but had to hang on as United poured men forward in the closing stages. A winner wasn't forthcoming so both were left with a record of a single win from their first six League games.

Goals:

Trevor Fitzpatrick 9 G
Scott Houghton 73 G

Goals:

Sean McCarthy 13 G
Paul McGregor 38 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Andy Woodman
Defender/Right back Martyn Booty
Defender/Centre back Leo Roget
Defender/Centre back Phil Whelan
Defender/Midfielder David Morley
Defender/Left back Damon Searle
Midfielder Gordon Connelly
Midfielder David Lee
Midfielder Kevin Maher

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Jon Sheffield
Defender Wayne O'Sullivan
Defender/Centre back Adam Barrett
Defender/Centre back Craig Taylor
Defender/Left back Jon Beswetherick
Midfielder Martin Barlow
Midfielder Terry Fleming
Midfielder Jason Peake
Midfielder Martin Phillips
Forward Sean McCarthy
Forward Paul McGregor

Substitutions:

Scott Houghton for David Morley 45
Mark Tinkler for David Lee 45
Garry Cross for Martyn Booty 81

Substitutions:

Ian Stonebridge for Martin Phillips 80
Paul Wotton for Paul McGregor 80
Steve Guinan for Sean McCarthy 86

Cards:

Kevin Maher 70 Y
Gordon Connelly 87 Y

Cards:

Terry Fleming 69 Y
Wayne O'Sullivan 77 Y

On the bench:

Defender Garry Cross
Midfielder Scott Houghton
Midfielder Mark Tinkler

On the bench:

Defender/Midfielder Paul Wotton
Forward Steve Guinan
Forward Ian Stonebridge

Comments:

Southend have now gone seven League & Cup games without a win. This was the first 2-2 draw in the 57th League & Cup meeting with Plymouth. League Position: 19th

Comments:

Plymouth still haven't won at Southend since 5 September 1956, but had lost on each of their four previous visits. This was Argyle's first draw in the last nine Shrimpers meetings. The most recent was at Roots Hall on 7 May 1984. League Position: 21st