Macclesfield 0-2 Southend

Southend United moved to the top of League Two with victory over Macclesfield, their ninth in 10 games.

The Shrimpers took the lead when Ryan Hall's superb rising volley flew in from 15 yards.

After the break the hosts upped their intensity, with Colin Daniel hitting the bar before Vinny Mukendi forced a fine save from Luke Daniels.

However, Southend clinched victory when Macclesfield failed to clear and Kane Ferdinand scored from six yards.

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Macclesfield Town manager Gary Simpson told BBC Radio Manchester:

Southend 'smothered us' - Simpson

"A difficult game, with difficult conditions and a difficult team to play against.

"We're disappointed that we haven't played better, but sometimes you're only allow to play as well as they let you play.

"Whatever we seemed to try we were struggling a bit, and sometimes you've just got to hold your hands up."

Southend United manager Paul Sturrock told BBC Essex:

Southend 'bossed' game - Sturrock

"Very pleasing, this is a hard place to come and a lot of teams have come here and left with no points.

"We bossed the show most of the first half, we got a bit sloppy when we scored our second goal for about 10-15 minutes, but in the end it was much deserved."

"They make it very hard for you, they play a lot of high balls, you've got to match all that. The players were very solid. I'm very pleased with every one of them."

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