Southend United players turned down a chance for pre-play-off break in order to fully focus on their promotion bid.
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Southend United fans are planning for a day out at Wembley after making it through to the League Two play-off final.
More than 8,000 fans were in attendance to see Southend beat Stevenage at Roots Hall to win 4-2 over the two legs.
In dreadful conditions the first goal of the game was scored by Stevenage's Tom Pett after a bit of ping pong in the Southend box in the second half.
But just like the first leg they couldn't hold onto the lead with Ryan Leonard levelling soon after.
Stephen McLaughlin scored to make it 2-1 in extra time and then Michael Timlin, injured in the first match, scored another to make it 3-1 on the night and 4-2 the final score over the two legs and to take Southend into the League Two play off final.
Southend will now play Wycombe Wanderers at Wembley Stadium on May 23.
News: We have ordered an inflatable dome to cover the pitch and protect it from the torrential rain being forecast tomorrow evening.
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Southend United manager Phil Brown has been named as the Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month for November.
The Shrimpers picked up maximum points in the month to move up to 5th in the division - just four points behind leaders Wycombe Wanderers.
There was more good news for the club, with winger David Worrall also winning the player award.
Meanwhile, MK Dons midfielder Carl Baker has won the League One prize.
The 31-year-old has been in superb form since joining the club in September, helping the Dons edge closer to the automatic promotion places.
Southend United have completed the loan signing of Northampton Town midfielder John-Joe O'Toole.
The 26-year-old only moved to Sixfields in the summer, but has so far struggled to live up to expectations.
Northampton boss Chris Wilder says that the club made the decision to allow O'Toole to leave on loan until January 24 after the former Colchester man made it clear that he felt he would benefit from time away.
“We had a meeting with John-Joe to try and find out why we haven’t been able to get the best out of him and why he hasn’t been able to produce anything near what he is capable of.
He came up with the suggestion that he might fancy a loan move and I didn’t want to stand in his way."
Southend United have completed the signing of former Rotherham United winger David Worrall.
The 24-year-old's contract with the Championship newcomers was terminated by mutual consent last week.
He's agreed a two-year contract in Essex.
Worrall made his name at Bury, where he made over 140 appearances. He spent time on loan at Oldham Athletic last season.
Shrimpers boss Phil Brown says that he's delighted to have attracted Worrall to Roots Hall.
"He’ll bring a huge amount to this football club.
We identified him early on this pre-season as a target and someone we thought would really help our promotion push next season, but we knew there was lots of interest."
Police want help to identify three men who are suspected of threatening rival fans during a pitch invasion at Southend United’s League Two play-off final last month.
On Saturday May 17, there was a pitch invasion after the 2-2 second leg game at Roots Hall.
The tie ended 2-3 to Burton Albion and, while the majority of fans ran to console the players, about 100 ran to the stand where the away fans were.
A number of those people used threatening behaviour towards the Burton Albion fans.
Police have identified the majority of them but still do not know the names of three men.
Southend United have signed young Liverpool defender Jakub Sokolik on loan until the end of the season.
The 20-year-old could make his debut in tonight's visit to Scunthorpe United.
Czech centre-back Sokolik joined the Reds' academy from Baník Ostrava in 2009 and played for the Shrimpers in a friendly at Colchester United last week.