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Southend United through to League Two play-off final at Wembley

Southend United will play in the final on May 23. Credit: PA

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.

Michael Timlin celebrates scoring Southend United's third. Credit: PA

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.


Southend United boss Brown lands Manager of the Month award, while MK Dons' Baker is also recognised

Phil Brown has been named as the Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month for November. Credit: PA

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.

Carl Baker has won the League One prize. Credit: PA

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.

Northampton Town midfielder O'Toole moves to Southend United on loan

John-Joe O'Toole in action for Bristol Rovers last season. Credit: PA

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."

– Chris Wilder, Northampton Town manager

Southend United land former Rotherham winger Worrall

David Worrall in action (right) in action for Oldham Athletic last season. Credit: PA

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."

– Phil Brown, Southend United manager
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