Fleetwood 1 Southend 1

Conor McLaughlin is missing for Fleetwood
Conor McLaughlin is missing for Fleetwood

Fleetwood Town face a nervous wait for the result of Chesterfield’s Sunday kick off at Burton to see if their promotion hopes are still alive.

A 1-1 draw with Southend United was all Graham Alexander’s men could muster in their final home game - an early second half bombardment unable to break down the Blues lines.

Town struggled under pressure from the visitors, the midfield battle lost for much of the opening 45 minutes.

But they did grab the lead eight minutes before the break.

Kevan Hurst tumbled Josh Morris 25 yards out on the Fleetwood left.

Up stepped Steven Shumacher, his low free kick sliding past everybody, tucked neatly into the far corner.

The lead lasted barely three minutes, a corner conceded down the Southend right, Ben Coker’s cross missed by Chris Maxwell, Barry Corr with a simple header to level for United.

Fleetwood came out flying after the break, tersting Dan Bentley twice through David Ball as Southend buckled.

Southend had a big penalty shout denied when Corr went down under pressure from Antoni Sarcevic, referee Chris Sarginson having none of the appeals from both on and off the pitch.

At the other end Fleetwood came close when sub Jon Parkin’s header was tipped over by Bentley.