Draw changes nothing for star
By Phil Jackson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Southend have rejected rumours Freddy Eastwood is leaving after a draw at Coventry.
Southend United boss Steve Tilson has dismissed speculation linking star striker Freddy Eastwood with a move away from the club, after a 1-1 draw with Coventry City.
Elliot Ward put the Sky Blues into an early lead at the Ricoh Arena before Mark Gower's second half strike saw the points shared.
Adam Barrett hit the bar for The Shrimpers around the hour mark, but the visitors were left hanging on at the end.
The result keeps Tilson's side rooted to the bottom of the table and they remain the only Championship team still without a win on the road all season.
While Tilson remains realistic about the future of his top scorer, he has brushed off suggestions that a move to the Premiership has already been sewn up.
"We haven't had any bids; so as far as it is he's a Southend player," Tilson explained.
"I'm not saying he'd go because we want to keep our best players and we haven't had any firm bids.
"We've had a good chat and if you ask any player in the Football League if a Premiership side comes in, they're not going to say no."
The result leaves United still eight points adrift of safety, although Tilson admits he was heartened by the display.
"It was a good performance by us and we created enough good chances to win the game," he added.
"We're a few points adrift and it's a tough ask to get out of it but over the last couple of games - with a bit of desire, commitment and luck - we could have won."
Coventry, meanwhile, stopped a run of three straight defeats with the draw, as they slipped further away from the play-off places.
Manager Micky Adams made six changes for the match and felt it was a better performance after the 2-1 defeat to Ipswich Town on Boxing Day.
"With the amount of changes that we made I was reasonably happy," Adams said.
"The changes were justified and I wanted to shake it up. I'm pleased that we've stopped the losing run.
"I still think we're not badly placed. Confidence is obviously key and if you take chances at key moments there's no problem."