Longest trip ends in stalemate

Conor Clifford netted Southend's goal at Carlisle.

Conor Clifford netted Southend’s goal at Carlisle.

SOUTHEND once again failed to convert their chances at they had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Carlisle – with lots of Shrimpers tearing up betting slips in relief as Billy Paynter failed to net against his former club.
Conor Clifford’s 25-yard daisy cutter on the stroke of half time should have been a platform for Phil Brown’s side to build on, but several good chances went begging in the second half with Corr, Coulthirst, Weston and Worrall all failing to convert good opportunities.
Former Hartlepool man Anthony Sweeney gave the hosts the lead, heading in Peter Brough’s cross from the left on 43 minutes. Manager Graham Kavanagh will also feel his side could have done better in goalscoring positions, with on-loan Ipswich forward Jack Marriott particularly wasteful.
Paynter had a torrid spell at Roots Hall in 2006/07 but failed to silence his critics, although he did lay on a couple of chances for Marriott to squander.
More than 250 loyal Shrimpers made the 340-mile journey to Brunton Park and will be heading home wondering how they failed to leave Cumbria with all three points.