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Last Updated: Sunday, 15 May, 2005, 18:07 GMT 19:07 UK
Northampton 0-0 Southend
Southend's Tes Bramble (right) holds off the Northampton defence
Southend's Tes Bramble (right) holds off the Northampton defence
Southend came away from Sixfields with a goalless draw after Northampton had the better of the first half.

Scott McGleish wasted two good early chances for the Cobblers - while Darryl Flahavan saved from Lee Williamson.

At the other end, the visitors went close just before the break when Mark Bentley headed Mark Gower's cross straight at Cobblers keeper Lee Harper.

Freddy Eastwood and Luke Guttridge also both headed wide for the Shrimpers, and Flahavan denied Andy Kirk at the death.

  • Northampton manager Colin Calderwood:
    "There's not been an away victory in any of the play-offs yet, but there will be in the second leg.

    "Ideally, we'd have wanted to create more chances but we were up against a team who don't concede too many goals so the teams cancelled each other out.

    "But we've got the ability to score anywhere - we haven't beaten Southend yet, so the perfect time's next week."

  • Southend boss Steve Tilson:
    "I think I'd have taken a 0-0 draw before the game to go back to Roots Hall, so I'm ever so pleased.

    "It was always going to be a tough game away from home, as Northampton are a good side and they've come into the play-offs on the back of three wins.

    "There weren't too many chances for either side, so it was probably a fair result in the end."

    Northampton: Harper, Togwell, Chambers, Willmott, Murray, Low (Sabin 73), Rowson, Hearn, Williamson (Smith 59), McGleish, Kirk.
    Subs Not Used: Hunt, Richards, Bunn.

    Booked: Willmott, Hearn.

    Southend: Flahavan, Jupp, Wilson, Barrett, Prior, Pettefer, Maher, Bentley, Gower (Guttridge 60), Bramble (Dudfield 45), Eastwood (Gray 87).
    Subs Not Used: Edwards, Griemink.

    Booked: Jupp, Wilson, Bentley.

    Att: 6,601

    Ref: L Mason (Lancashire).


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