Chris Iwelumo's header gave Scunthorpe victory at Southend for their first win since the opening day of the season.

The hosts edged the balance of play in the first half, but visiting keeper Sam Slocombe was on hand to save headers from Ryan Leonard and Freddy Eastwood.

After the break, Shrimpers defender Ben Coker mistimed a header into the path of Iwelumo, who nodded the Iron ahead.

Kevan Hurst came closest to an equaliser with an effort that Slocombe tipped over, but Scunthorpe held on.

Scunthorpe, who looked much the better side after Iwelumo's effort, could have extended their lead when Eddie Nolan's header went just over and Sean McAllister's long-range strike forced a superb save from Daniel Bentley.

Phil Brown's Southend have now lost their last four matches.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Southend manager Phil Brown told BBC Essex:

"We've got to learn to grow up quick. It's a brutal division, the lessons are out there for everybody to see.

"We lacked a little bit of intelligence with regards to how to win the game, we didn't manage the game properly in the second half.

"In the first half it was one-way traffic. If I'd had someone in the six-yard box we would have been two or three-nil up, but we didn't mange to do that.

"Things will turn in our favour if we keep on working at it."

Brian Laws

Scunthorpe manager Brian Laws told BBC Radio Humberside:

"In the first half I thought they were really pressing us quickly - we were giving the ball away too cheaply and I said in the second half we have to keep the ball better and I thought we managed it better.

"I thought they [Southend] were fast out the traps today and you could see they were a team that had lost a few games and they were desperately wanting to do well at home.

"They were pressing us, on a really difficult surface, that was the issue because we can play but we just didn't pass it and we weren't as comfortable on the ball. But then once we kept the ball better, I thought there was better movement on the ball and more calmness when we had it."

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Friday, 13 September 2013

League Two

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Southend 0-1 Scunthorpe FT
(HT 0-0)
    • Iwelumo 64

    Southend

    • 17 Bentley
    • 03 Coker yellow card (Reid 74)
    • 05 Phillips
    • 06 Prosser
    • 23 Thompson yellow card
    • 08 Timlin (Straker 68)
    • 12 Atkinson
    • 14 Hurst
    • 18 Leonard
    • 07 Eastwood
    • 33 Woodrow (Corr 68)

    Substitutes

    • 01 Smith,
    • 11 Straker,
    • 16 Clifford,
    • 21 Payne,
    • 24 Auger,
    • 09 Reid,
    • 10 Corr

    Scunthorpe

    • 01 Slocombe
    • 03 Dawson
    • 05 Mirfin
    • 06 Canavan
    • 18 Nolan
    • 04 McAllister
    • 07 Sparrow
    • 10 Esajas (Byrne 82)
    • 14 Hawkridge (Waterfall 90+3)
    • 09 Iwelumo
    • 29 Winnall (Burton 71)

    Substitutes

    • 13 Severn,
    • 15 Waterfall,
    • 20 Howe,
    • 26 Byrne,
    • 22 Hornsey,
    • 08 Burton,
    • 28 Spencer
    Ref: CooteAtt: 4,976
    SOUTHEND
    SCUNTHORPE

    Possession

    • Southend 34%
    • Scunthorpe 66%

    Attempts on target

    • Southend 3
    • Scunthorpe 2

    Attempts off target

    • Southend 10
    • Scunthorpe 5

    Corners

    • Southend 6
    • Scunthorpe 7

    Fouls

    • Southend 16
    • Scunthorpe 8
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:36 The referee blows the whistle to end the game.
    • 90:00+3:41 Daniel Bentley restarts play with the free kick.
    • 90:00+3:38 Eddie Nolan is flagged offside by the assistant referee.
    • 90:00+3:12 Corner from the right by-line taken by Eddie Nolan.
    • 90:00+2:28 Substitution Luke Waterfall replaces Terry Hawkridge.
    • 90:00+1:12 Sam Slocombe restarts play with the free kick.
    • 90:00+0:45 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Dawson by Mark Phillips.
    • 90:00+0:36 Corner from the right by-line taken by Kevan Hurst.
    • 89:08 Corner from the right by-line taken by Kevan Hurst.
    • 88:44 Shot by Kevan Hurst. Sam Slocombe parries the ball away.
    • 88:20 Free kick taken by Niall Canavan.
    • 88:15 Free kick awarded for a foul by Barry Corr on David Mirfin.
    • 87:58 Deon Burton takes a shot and went wide left of the net.
    • 86:57 Free kick crossed by Cliff Byrne.
    • 86:38 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Sparrow by Ryan Leonard.
    • 85:24 Header by Barry Corr goes over the bar.
    • 85:11 Corner taken by Kevan Hurst.
    • 83:57 Niall Canavan crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 83:20 Foul by Craig Reid on Sean McAllister, free kick awarded.
    • 82:06 Daniel Bentley takes the free kick.
    • 81:57 Ryan Leonard fouled by Sean McAllister, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 81:48 Corner from the left by-line taken by Terry Hawkridge.
    • 81:40 Substitution Cliff Byrne replaces Etienne Esajas.
    • 81:06 Terry Hawkridge has an effort at goal.
    • 79:29 Clearance made by Kevan Hurst.
    • 79:17 Corner from the right by-line taken by Etienne Esajas.
    • 79:00 Clearance by Kevan Hurst.
    • 78:50 Corner taken by Etienne Esajas from the right by-line.
    • 77:58 Shot by Sean McAllister.
    • 77:44 A cross is delivered by Etienne Esajas.
    • 73:25 Substitution Craig Reid joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ben Coker.
    • 72:45 Clearance made by David Mirfin.
    • 72:35 The ball is crossed by Will Atkinson.
    • 70:39 Daniel Bentley restarts play with the free kick.
    • 70:18 Substitution Sam Winnall leaves the field to be replaced by Deon Burton.
    • 70:01 Foul by Terry Hawkridge on Will Atkinson, free kick awarded.
    • 69:35 Header at goal by Eddie Nolan goes over the bar.
    • 69:19 Terry Hawkridge crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 68:53 Unfair challenge on Andy Dawson by Barry Corr results in a free kick.
    • 67:46 Substitution Barry Corr on for Cauley Woodrow.
    • 67:35 Substitution (Southend) makes a substitution, with Anthony Straker coming on for Michael Timlin.
    • 67:21 Free kick taken by Terry Hawkridge.
    • 66:51 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sam Winnall by Luke Prosser.
    • 65:30 Clearance made by Mark Phillips.
    • 65:27 Eddie Nolan crosses the ball.
    • 63:08 GOAL - Chris IwelumoSouthend 0 - 1 Scunthorpe Chris Iwelumo scores with a header. Southend 0-1 Scunthorpe.
    • 62:33 The ball is crossed by Etienne Esajas.
    • 61:51 Free kick taken by Sam Slocombe.
    • 61:33 The referee blows for offside against Cauley Woodrow.
    • 61:19 Shot by Sam Winnall.
    • 60:23 Sam Slocombe takes the free kick.
    • 59:59 Unfair challenge on Eddie Nolan by Cauley Woodrow results in a free kick.
    • 59:04 Free kick taken by Daniel Bentley.
    • 58:59 Chris Iwelumo is flagged offside by the assistant referee.
    • 57:48 Matt Sparrow takes the free kick.
    • 57:14 Booking
    • 57:14 Adam Thompson receives a yellow card.
    • 57:03 Adam Thompson concedes a free kick for a foul on Sam Winnall.
    • 55:46 Sam Slocombe restarts play with the free kick.
    • 55:36 Freddy Eastwood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Mirfin.
    • 54:50 Eddie Nolan takes the free kick.
    • 54:45 Freddy Eastwood is ruled offside.
    • 54:19 Sam Slocombe restarts play with the free kick.
    • 54:04 Cauley Woodrow is flagged offside by the assistant referee.
    • 53:23 Sam Slocombe takes the free kick.
    • 53:16 Kevan Hurst is caught offside.
    • 50:45 Shot by Kevan Hurst cleared the net.
    • 49:50 Header by Cauley Woodrow goes to the left of the goal.
    • 49:43 The ball is sent over by Michael Timlin.
    • 47:36 Corner taken by Kevan Hurst from the right by-line.
    • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:08 The half-time whistle blows.
    • 45:00+1:37 Free kick taken by Sam Slocombe.
    • 45:00+1:26 The assistant referee signals for offside against Freddy Eastwood.
    • 45:00+1:18 Corner taken by Michael Timlin.
    • 45:00+0:26 Free kick crossed by Terry Hawkridge.
    • 45:00+0:07 Adam Thompson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sam Winnall.
    • 44:19 Corner taken by Ben Coker.
    • 43:21 Free kick crossed by Ben Coker.
    • 42:52 Adam Thompson fouled by Sam Winnall, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 42:29 Daniel Bentley restarts play with the free kick.
    • 42:24 Sam Winnall is caught offside.
    • 39:33 Header at goal by Freddy Eastwood to the left of the net.
    • 39:26 Will Atkinson delivers the ball.
    • 38:24 Kevan Hurst crosses the ball.
    • 37:33 Niall Canavan restarts play with the free kick.
    • 37:03 The assistant referee signals for offside against Freddy Eastwood.
    • 36:11 Etienne Esajas restarts play with the free kick.
    • 35:07 Foul by Mark Phillips on Matt Sparrow, free kick awarded.
    • 34:57 Free kick taken by Etienne Esajas.
    • 34:02 Ben Coker is cautioned.
    • 34:02 Booking
    • 33:54 Ben Coker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Etienne Esajas.
    • 33:06 A cross is delivered by Terry Hawkridge.
    • 31:03 Michael Timlin has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.
    • 29:43 Daniel Bentley restarts play with the free kick.
    • 29:34 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Phillips by Sam Winnall.
    • 28:11 Will Atkinson has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.
    • 25:12 David Mirfin restarts play with the free kick.
    • 25:01 Handball by Cauley Woodrow.
    • 24:27 Daniel Bentley restarts play with the free kick.
    • 24:08 Matt Sparrow challenges Freddy Eastwood unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 21:49 Kevan Hurst takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.
    • 20:51 Header at goal by Freddy Eastwood. Sam Slocombe catches the ball.
    • 20:44 A cross is delivered by Ben Coker.
    • 19:39 Sam Slocombe restarts play with the free kick.
    • 19:34 The referee blows for offside against Freddy Eastwood.
    • 19:26 Daniel Bentley takes the free kick.
    • 19:12 Chris Iwelumo concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Thompson.
    • 17:51 Header at goal by Ryan Leonard.
    • 16:57 Andy Dawson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 16:21 Adam Thompson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matt Sparrow.
    • 14:41 Clearance by Luke Prosser.
    • 14:37 Corner taken by Terry Hawkridge.
    • 14:13 Etienne Esajas takes the chance to get an effort at goal.
    • 13:02 Corner from the right by-line taken by Etienne Esajas.
    • 12:33 Corner taken by Terry Hawkridge.
    • 12:00 Free kick crossed by Terry Hawkridge.
    • 11:40 Unfair challenge on Terry Hawkridge by Will Atkinson results in a free kick.
    • 10:00 Free kick taken by Daniel Bentley.
    • 9:41 The referee penalises Sam Winnall for handball.
    • 9:10 Shot by Freddy Eastwood.
    • 7:26 Sam Slocombe restarts play with the free kick.
    • 7:00 Michael Timlin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Eddie Nolan.
    • 6:02 Ryan Leonard takes a shot and goes over the bar.
    • 5:05 A cross is delivered by Michael Timlin.
    • 4:47 Ryan Leonard restarts play with the free kick.
    • 4:41 Matt Sparrow challenges Ryan Leonard unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 4:08 Shot by Freddy Eastwood went wide right of the target.
    • 2:30 Mark Phillips makes a clearance.
    • 2:26 Free kick taken by Matt Sparrow.
    • 1:59 Unfair challenge on Chris Iwelumo by Mark Phillips results in a free kick.
    • 1:12 Adam Thompson takes the free kick.
    • 1:06 Foul by Etienne Esajas on Adam Thompson, free kick awarded.
    • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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