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Cheltenham Town 0-1 Southend United

Substitute Conor Clifford's long-range strike was enough to earn Southend victory over 10-man Cheltenham Town.

Cheltenham had midfielder Jason Taylor sent off for reacting to a 37th-minute challenge by Clifford.

Southend - and Clifford - made the most of their numerical advantage to earn a second win in four days.

Clifford beat Robins goalkeeper Trevor Carson with a fierce 25-yard effort to take the visitors into the League Two play-off places.

Carson also had to make a fine one-handed save to deny Myles Weston, while Kevan Hurst also smashed an effort against the bar as Southend looked to add to their lead.

The closest Cheltenham came to a first goal in three matches was a low shot from Jordan Wynter which was well saved by Daniel Bentley.

Cheltenham manager Mark Yates told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

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Yates on Cheltenham v Southend

"I saw the red card at half-time and I thought it was very harsh.

"But Taylor has given him the chance. I don't think there's anything we can do about it.

"It was a great game until then. It was two good sides playing some good stuff. They showed in the second half what a decent passing side they were."

Line-ups

Cheltenham

  • 1Carson
  • 6Elliott
  • 4Taylor
  • 5Brown
  • 19Sterling-JamesSubstituted forHanksat 61'minutes
  • 3Braham-BarrettBooked at 74mins
  • 8Richards
  • 7WynterSubstituted forGornellat 81'minutes
  • 25TaylorBooked at 38mins
  • 26MarquisBooked at 85mins
  • 9Harrison

Substitutes

  • 10Gornell
  • 11Haworth
  • 15Deaman
  • 16Hanks
  • 17Kotwica
  • 18Black
  • 30Reynolds

Southend

  • 1Bentley
  • 5Thompson
  • 23WilliamsBooked at 42mins
  • 2White
  • 6Prosser
  • 22Deegan
  • 19PayneSubstituted forAtkinsonat 84'minutes
  • 18LeonardSubstituted forC Cliffordat 35'minutes
  • 17CoulthirstSubstituted forBarnardat 76'minutes
  • 14Hurst
  • 11WestonBooked at 55mins

Substitutes

  • 4Ibenfeldt
  • 7Worrall
  • 9Barnard
  • 12Atkinson
  • 16C Clifford
  • 21Smith
  • 28Williams
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
2,303

Match Stats

Home TeamCheltenhamAway TeamSouthend
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home3
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home10
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Cheltenham Town 0, Southend United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cheltenham Town 0, Southend United 1.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Matt Richards.

Steve Elliott (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Barnard (Southend United).

Attempt saved. Matt Richards (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Troy Brown (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Barnard (Southend United).

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

Booking

John Marquis (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Will Atkinson replaces Jack Payne.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Troy Brown.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Terry Gornell replaces Jordan Wynter.

Hand ball by John Marquis (Cheltenham Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Lee Barnard replaces Shaquile Coulthirst.

Booking

Craig Braham-Barrett (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Craig Braham-Barrett (Cheltenham Town).

Gary Deegan (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Kevan Hurst (Southend United) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Matt Taylor.

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

Attempt missed. John Marquis (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Matt Taylor (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Conor Clifford (Southend United).

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Joe Hanks replaces Omari Sterling-James.

Attempt missed. Shaquile Coulthirst (Southend United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Troy Brown.

Attempt saved. Conor Clifford (Southend United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Myles Weston (Southend United) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Foul by Matt Richards (Cheltenham Town).

Gary Deegan (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Conor Clifford (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Kevan Hurst (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Steve Elliott (Cheltenham Town).

Myles Weston (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Cheltenham Town 0, Southend United 1. Conor Clifford (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

Foul by Omari Sterling-James (Cheltenham Town).

Gary Deegan (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Jack Payne (Southend United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Second Half

Second Half begins Cheltenham Town 0, Southend United 0.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton8611116519
2Bury8521125717
3Wycombe8521115617
4Morecambe8512127516
5Northampton8422138514
6Shrewsbury8422127514
7Southend842285314
8Cheltenham842275214
9Portsmouth841397213
10Mansfield840489-112
11Cambridge83231511411
12Wimbledon83231412211
13Plymouth831497210
14Stevenage83141013-310
15Tranmere8233101009
16York816189-19
17Newport8233810-29
18Luton823357-29
19Dag & Red82151016-67
20Accrington8215916-77
21Hartlepool8215512-77
22Oxford Utd8134911-26
23Exeter8134611-56
24Carlisle8035618-123
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