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Half-Time Report: Southend United come from behind to level tie

Southend United overturn their first-leg deficit against Burton Albion to head into half time in the second leg level on aggregate.

Southend United have overturned the first-leg deficit in their League Two playoff semi-final against Burton Albion to head into half time 2-2 on aggregate at Roots Hall.

Having led 1-0 after their home match last weekend, Burton attacked from the start as they looked to add to their advantage.

Daniel Bentley was called into action just over 10 minutes into the match when Adam McGurk tried to curl the ball in from a free kick just outside the box.

The home side's first chance of the day fell to Barry Corr, who tried to head in from close range from a Will Atkinson cross, but the striker's effort lacked power and was easily saved by Dean Lyness.

The visitors added to their first-leg lead when Marcus Holness scored his first goal of the season with a header from a Chris Hussey ball forward.

Corr had a couple of chances to get Southend back into the tie, but he had another effort saved before firing high of the crossbar.

However, Phil Brown's side managed to pull one back before half time as Ryan Leonard found the back of the net with an overhead kick after Burton failed to clear from a corner.

The home side continued to threaten as half time approached, and were able to get the tie back on level terms when the visiting defenders failed to clear from a Michael Timlin ball into the box, allowing Anthony Straker to pounce with a header.

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Adam McGurk of Burton Albion celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Sky Bet League Two Semi Final First Leg between Burton Albion and Southend United on May 11, 2014
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Portsmouth17115128141438
2Sunderland17106133141936
3Peterborough UnitedPeterborough18104434231134
4Luton TownLuton1896330171333
5Barnsley1795328121632
6Charlton AthleticCharlton178452620628
7Blackpool177732016428
8Doncaster RoversDoncaster188462725228
9Coventry CityCoventry188462019128
10Accrington StanleyAccrington187742121028
11Walsall187561924-526
12Fleetwood Town186662419524
13Burton Albion177372322124
14Southend UnitedSouthend187292224-223
15Wycombe WanderersWycombe185762425-122
16Shrewsbury TownShrewsbury185671922-321
17Scunthorpe UnitedScunthorpe185672838-1021
18Rochdale185582434-1020
19Gillingham1853102630-418
20Oxford UnitedOxford Utd184682127-618
21Bristol Rovers184591516-117
22Plymouth ArgylePlymouth1834111934-1513
23AFC Wimbledon1832131228-1611
24Bradford CityBradford1832131332-1911

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