Southend ran out comfortable winners over Chesterfield to leapfrog them into fourth in League Two.

The hosts went in front when Luke O'Neill's cross-field pass set Anthony Straker in the clear, who in turn squared for Kevan Hurst to tap in.

Two goals in two minutes sealed the game for the Shrimpers when Ryan Leonard rounded Tommy Lee to slot in before Barry Corr's lobbed effort.

Chesterfield's Marc Richards then had a penalty saved by Daniel Bentley.

Richards had the chance to score from the spot when Gary Roberts was pushed by Hurst, but his miss compounded their misery.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Southend United manager Phil Brown told BBC Essex:

"I think it was a great, great result. We were standing up to everything they threw at us.

"The whole team performed well today and none more so than Dan Bentley, who stood up to a barrage of efforts when we, in effect, had seen the game off.

"We are proving to ourselves that we can match anybody, so long as we are in the right frame of mind.

"What the players have shown today is how focused they were on beating Chesterfield. We can now enjoy the moment and get back to it next week."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Southend United

  • 17 Bentley
  • 32 O'Neill (Thompson - 44' Booked )
  • 03 Coker
  • 18 Leonard
  • 05 Phillips
  • 06 Prosser
  • 12 Atkinson
  • 08 Timlin (Eastwood - 80' )
  • 10 Corr
  • 14 Hurst
  • 11 Straker (Woodrow - 74' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Smith
  • 04 Laird
  • 07 Eastwood
  • 16 Clifford
  • 21 Payne
  • 23 Thompson
  • 33 Woodrow

Chesterfield

  • 01 Lee
  • 25 Talbot
  • 03 Smith
  • 12 Ryan Booked
  • 23 Evatt Booked
  • 06 Cooper Booked
  • 10 O'Shea (Gnanduillet - 57' )
  • 05 Morsy Booked
  • 09 Richards (Doyle - 74' )
  • 02 Banks (Gardner - 64' )
  • 11 Roberts

Substitutes

  • 04 Hird
  • 15 Humphreys
  • 17 Doyle
  • 21 Gnanduillet
  • 22 Brown
  • 26 Gardner
  • 35 Dunbavin
Ref: Robert Madley
Att: 6,256

Match Stats

Shots

10 13

On target

3 6

Corners

4 4

Fouls

14 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Southend United 3, Chesterfield 0.

90:00 +4:01 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Southend United 3, Chesterfield 0.

90:00 +1:09

Attempt saved. Gary Roberts (Chesterfield) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

88:07

Ben Coker (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:07

Foul by Gary Roberts (Chesterfield).

86:18

Attempt saved. Sam Morsy (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

82:13

Attempt missed. Liam Cooper (Chesterfield) header from the centre of the box is too high.

81:52

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Luke Prosser.

81:38

Attempt blocked. Eoin Doyle (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

79:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southend United. Freddy Eastwood replaces Michael Timlin.

79:35

Attempt missed. Ian Evatt (Chesterfield) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top right corner.

79:23

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Daniel Bentley.

79:12

Attempt saved. Dan Gardner (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

78:26

Foul by Cauley Woodrow (Southend United).

78:26

Drew Talbot (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the right wing.

77:43 Booking

Booking Adam Thompson (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.

77:17

Foul by Adam Thompson (Southend United).

77:17

Nathan Smith (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the left wing.

76:32

Foul by Kevan Hurst (Southend United).

76:32

Nathan Smith (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the right wing.

73:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southend United. Cauley Woodrow replaces Anthony Straker.

73:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chesterfield. Eoin Doyle replaces Marc Richards.

72:57 Booking

Booking Liam Cooper (Chesterfield) is shown the yellow card.

72:43

Ryan Leonard (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72:43

Foul by Liam Cooper (Chesterfield).

71:31

Foul by Anthony Straker (Southend United).

71:31

Gary Roberts (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the right wing.

69:07

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Daniel Bentley.

68:46

Penalty saved! Marc Richards (Chesterfield) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

68:14

Penalty conceded by Kevan Hurst (Southend United) after a foul in the penalty area.

68:14

Penalty Chesterfield. Gary Roberts draws a foul in the penalty area.

64:56

Ryan Leonard (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:56

Foul by Sam Morsy (Chesterfield).

63:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chesterfield. Dan Gardner replaces Oliver Banks.

62:28

Attempt saved. Sam Morsy (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

61:07

Foul by Adam Thompson (Southend United).

61:07

Gary Roberts (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the left wing.

60:14 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southend United 3, Chesterfield 0. Barry Corr (Southend United) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Thompson.

58:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southend United 2, Chesterfield 0. Ryan Leonard (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Michael Timlin.

57:09

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Oliver Banks.

56:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chesterfield. Armand Gnanduillet replaces Jay O'Shea.

54:35

Attempt missed. Kevan Hurst (Southend United) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

53:38

Attempt missed. Gary Roberts (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

52:42

Hand ball by Barry Corr (Southend United).

52:01 Booking

Booking Jimmy Ryan (Chesterfield) is shown the yellow card.

52:00

Ryan Leonard (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

51:46

Foul by Jimmy Ryan (Chesterfield).

50:40

Foul by Anthony Straker (Southend United).

50:40

Drew Talbot (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the right wing.

49:57

Attempt missed. Anthony Straker (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

45:32

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Nathan Smith.

45:00

Second Half begins Southend United 1, Chesterfield 0.

45:00 +3:14 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Southend United 1, Chesterfield 0.

45:00 +2:23

Attempt missed. Anthony Straker (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

45:00 +1:18

Attempt missed. Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

45:00 +0:21

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Anthony Straker.

44:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southend United. Adam Thompson replaces Luke O'Neill because of an injury.

36:49

Attempt missed. Will Atkinson (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

36:03

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Gary Roberts.

32:16

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Oliver Banks.

32:00

Attempt blocked. Barry Corr (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

31:18 Booking

Booking Ian Evatt (Chesterfield) is shown the yellow card.

31:03

Barry Corr (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:03

Foul by Ian Evatt (Chesterfield).

29:21

Foul by Luke Prosser (Southend United).

29:21

Marc Richards (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:31 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southend United 1, Chesterfield 0. Kevan Hurst (Southend United) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Anthony Straker.

24:25

Hand ball by Marc Richards (Chesterfield).

22:50

Foul by Ryan Leonard (Southend United).

22:50

Jimmy Ryan (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:48

Attempt missed. Liam Cooper (Chesterfield) header from the centre of the box is too high.

21:18

Foul by Luke O'Neill (Southend United).

21:18

Gary Roberts (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the left wing.

20:45

Attempt missed. Will Atkinson (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

18:05

Attempt saved. Jimmy Ryan (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

11:51

Foul by Barry Corr (Southend United).

11:51

Ian Evatt (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

11:24

Attempt missed. Oliver Banks (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

10:18

Foul by Barry Corr (Southend United).

10:18

Gary Roberts (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:19

Foul by Barry Corr (Southend United).

5:19

Liam Cooper (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the right wing.

4:25

Attempt missed. Barry Corr (Southend United) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top left corner.

2:31

Foul by Drew Talbot (Chesterfield).

2:31

Anthony Straker (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:53 Booking

Booking Sam Morsy (Chesterfield) is shown the yellow card.

0:36

Foul by Sam Morsy (Chesterfield).

0:36

Michael Timlin (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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