Strikers off the mark as Portsmouth are sunk

FORWARDS Barry Corr and Shaquile Coulthirst ended their respective goal droughts to shoot Southend to a first win since mid-August against Portsmouth.
Both sides have been struggling for goals in recent matches and the lack of confidence was evident during a nondescr

Barry Corr was on target against Portsmuth

Barry Corr was on target against Portsmuth

ipt first half. The closest either side came was when Southend’s debutant left back Jerome Binnom-Williams met a right-wing corner only for Paul Jones to palm the ball away.
But Phil Brown’s side stepped things up in the second half and were handed a massive boost when Corr reacted quickest as Kevan Hurst’s corner was deflected into the air. Corr’s header was his first goal of the season and he admitted after the game that his lack of goals had been playing on his mind.
Another positive for the home side was the performance of midfield destroyer Gary Deegan who was arguably man of the match – despite the rather odd choice of Daniel Bentley by the sponsors. The ex-Hibs midfielder broke up play aggressively and effectively, with Portsmouth clearly intimidated by his presence.
Tottenham loanee Shaquile Coulthirst had dropped to the bench after failing to find the net since the start of the campaign, despite some promising performances. He came on with a few minutes to go and received Worrall’s pass to beat two men and cooly slot home for a goal that clearly lifted a huge weight off his young shoulders.
Coulthirst’s goal put a flattering tint on the scoreline. Southend still look far from a settled side and it will be interesting to see how Brown approaches tough-looking trips to Cheltenham and York in the coming week. This however was a big improvement on last week’s draw with Oxford and keeps the Shrimpers in touch with the promotion pack.