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Southend comeback delights Tilson

Peter Clarke
Clarke celebrates with Tilson (right)

Southend boss Steve Tilson said his side had to "ride their luck" after holding Chelsea to a 1-1 draw in the FA Cup third round.

The Shrimpers are now set for lucrative replay at Roots Hall after Peter Clarke's last-minute header cancelled out Salomon Kalou's earlier strike.

"It's a fantastic day for the club and fans," said the League One manager.

"We had to ride our luck and we got the chance at the death. We had to get a lot of bodies behind the ball today."

"Whatever happens, we have had a good cup run. Beating Crewe at home in the league in our next game is more important than Chelsea."


Clarke's 90th minute header came from an unrehearsed set-piece.

"We have not worked on the long throws from the right-hand side so that was a bonus," added Tilson.

"Peter does get in good positions and that is his second goal this season. But on another day we could have lost by four or five goals.

"If they had scored early on then we would have had to open up and possibly got beaten by a hatful.

"But it is a great result for us against a team that will finish in the top two of the Premier League I'm sure."

Luiz Felipe Scolari suggested that his Chelsea team lacked confidence in front of goal having created several chances in the tie.

"I need to teach to my players more concentration when they arrive in front of goal," said the manager, ahead of the replay on 14 January.

"Maybe it is confidence when they arrive in front of goal. They need to score more and get more confidence. We played very well and created 15 chances but only one goal."

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Chelsea 1-1 Southend
03 Jan 09 |  FA Cup

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