Shrimpers back on track

Date published: Saturday 3rd March 2012 7:33

David Martin and Neil Harris scored the goals to pile the pressure on Burton boss Paul Peschisolido, whose side have now gone 11 games without a win.

Southend keeper Dale Belford had a busy first half in his first appearance on loan from Bury. He had a lucky break when Brewers striker Adi Yussuf squandered a great chance in the third minute, but later showed a safe pair of hands as Cleveland Taylor, Jimmy Phillips and Aaron Webster tried to break the first-half stalemate.

Southend axed four players from their matchday squad for club disciplinary reasons, including top scorers Liam Dickinson and Ryan Hall.

Veteran striker Harris had chances to give them the lead, but headed too high from a corner before he was denied by Ross Atkins’ full-length save.

Southend, who had lost their last two, made the stronger start to the second half and Martin gave them the lead on the hour mark when he beat Atkins with a quickly-taken free kick from 25 yards. And the visitors sealed victory when Harris hammered home the rebound after Atkins had done well to keep out Anthony Grant’s shot in the 75th minute.

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Shrimpers back on track

Date published: Saturday 31st December 2011 5:44

Ryan Hall brought the visitors level before an own goal from Jamie Stuart, a Mark Phillips header and a lob from Neil Harris – who had seen his second-minute penalty saved – ended a four-match losing streak for the Shrimpers in all competitions and clinched their first win in seven attempts.

Jack Midson had initially opened the scoring for the Dons, who were ultimately overrun after the break following Christian Jolley’s dismissal just before half-time and went on to taste a fifth successive defeat of their own.

Southend wasted a golden opportunity to take the lead when Harris’ penalty was saved by Seb Brown and the home side took the lead five minutes later as Midson pounced on a Phillips clearance to slide home the opener.

The scores were level on the half hour when Brown tipped Shrimpers full-back Sean Clohessy’s cross into the path of Hall and he notched home. There was still time for Jolley to receive a straight red card for a two-footed lunge on Michael Timlin before the break.

The visitors got the killer second goal after 51 minutes when Stuart deflected a Timlin effort into his own net and the game was settled by further efforts from Phillips and Harris.

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Shrimpers back on track

Date published: Saturday 31st December 2011 5:44

Ryan Hall brought the visitors level before an own goal from Jamie Stuart, a Mark Phillips header and a lob from Neil Harris – who had seen his second-minute penalty saved – ended a four-match losing streak for the Shrimpers in all competitions and clinched their first win in seven attempts.

Jack Midson had initially opened the scoring for the Dons, who were ultimately overrun after the break following Christian Jolley’s dismissal just before half-time and went on to taste a fifth successive defeat of their own.

Southend wasted a golden opportunity to take the lead when Harris’ penalty was saved by Seb Brown and the home side took the lead five minutes later as Midson pounced on a Phillips clearance to slide home the opener.

The scores were level on the half hour when Brown tipped Shrimpers full-back Sean Clohessy’s cross into the path of Hall and he notched home. There was still time for Jolley to receive a straight red card for a two-footed lunge on Michael Timlin before the break.

The visitors got the killer second goal after 51 minutes when Stuart deflected a Timlin effort into his own net and the game was settled by further efforts from Phillips and Harris.

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