A game with limited opportunities saw Wrexham come away from Roots Hall with one point, after winning the previous five games.
There’s a feeling that in seasons gone by, this type of game would have been an example of a disappointing loss, so to pick up a clean sheet and a point is more than promising.
The general feeling after the game was that ‘not every game can be won,’ and the fact that Chesterfield also drew away to Yeovil Town meant the points gap between Wrexham and the Spireites was unaltered.
The main talking point of the game in Essex was the Jake Hyde goal. On loan from Wrexham, Hyde was permitted to play in the game. Ironically, it was Hyde in the 65th minute, who seemingly broke the deadlock.
A Noor Husin cross from the right-wing bounced behind Southend captain Nathan Ralph in the box, but he stretched and managed to redirect the ball towards goal. It is here that it is unclear whether the ball hit his hand or outstretched foot, resulting in Hyde finishing from close range.
Wrexham players immediately pleaded with the referee, who had an excellent view, for a handball, seeing Ollie Palmer booked for dissent.
The referee and linesman deliberated for a period of time, before an offside decision was given against Hyde. A very confusing moment in the game, but a sigh of relief was certainly blown from the Wrexham side.
The only meaningful chance came from Palmer in the first half, who has been in excellent form in front of goal.
A poorly defended goal-kick saw Palmer pick up the ball on the edge of the box, before curling an effort at goal. Collin Andeng Ndi then produced a flying one-handed save to tip the ball over the bar, but after a second glance, the ball seemed to be arrowed down the centre of the goal.
Ultimately, it wasn’t to be a sixth consecutive win for Wrexham, but a clean sheet amidst consistent Southend pressure, especially through the six-foot-seven tall striker Marcus Dackers, is a positive to take home to North Wales.