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Southend United 2-0 Cheltenham Town

Joe Pigott
Joe Pigott had loan spells at Gillingham and Newport County before joining Southend

A first-half brace from on-loan striker Joe Pigott earned Southend victory over Cheltenham as the Shrimpers extended their unbeaten league run to 10 games.

Pigott, who arrived at Roots Hall from Charlton in January, fired in from close range to put the hosts ahead.

He then placed a superb header into the bottom-left corner from Ben Coker's free-kick to double the lead.

Cheltenham's best chance saw Matt Taylor's second-half header cleared off the line by Michael Timlin.

The win for Phil Brown's men was Southend's first victory in a home midweek game in almost three-and-a-half-years and leaves them in fourth place, just two points off an automatic promotion spot.

Cheltenham manager Paul Buckle told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

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Buckle on Southend v Cheltenham

"It's very hard to take. The overall performance level wasn't that bad and the effort from the players was there.

"But at certain moments there's a bit of weakness in us. It's been happening for a long time.

"We've got to work our socks off to try and cut them out because we're not under severe pressure.

"We just find it really hard to concentrate for 90 minutes."

Line-ups

Southend

  • 1Bentley
  • 2White
  • 5Thompson
  • 23Binnom-Williams
  • 3CokerSubstituted forBarrettat 67'minutes
  • 12Atkinson
  • 18Leonard
  • 8Timlin
  • 19PayneSubstituted forWestonat 68'minutes
  • 24CassidySubstituted forHurstat 77'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 32Pigott

Substitutes

  • 10Corr
  • 11Weston
  • 14Hurst
  • 17Coulthirst
  • 21Smith
  • 22Deegan
  • 26Barrett

Cheltenham

  • 1Carson
  • 25BerryBooked at 90mins
  • 5Brown
  • 4TaylorBooked at 34mins
  • 3Braham-BarrettSubstituted forRichardsat 67'minutes
  • 10Burns
  • 7Ferdinand
  • 20WynterBooked at 28minsSubstituted forHanksat 45'minutes
  • 24GraySubstituted forKotwicaat 63'minutes
  • 9Johnstone
  • 18RichardsBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 8Richards
  • 15Deaman
  • 16Hanks
  • 17Kotwica
  • 19Sterling-James
  • 30Reynolds
  • 39Manset
Referee:
Carl Berry
Attendance:
5,013

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthendAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home9
Away5
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away8
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Southend United 2, Cheltenham Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Southend United 2, Cheltenham Town 0.

Booking

Eliot Richards (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card.

John White (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Eliot Richards (Cheltenham Town).

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Troy Brown.

Booking

Durrell Berry (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Durrell Berry (Cheltenham Town).

Foul by Jerome Binnom-Williams (Southend United).

Denny Johnstone (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Michael Timlin.

Foul by Adam Thompson (Southend United).

Eliot Richards (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Kevan Hurst (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.

Joe Hanks (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kevan Hurst (Southend United).

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

Foul by Wes Burns (Cheltenham Town).

Attempt saved. Zack Kotwica (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Adam Barrett (Southend United).

Eliot Richards (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Kevan Hurst replaces Jake Cassidy.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Troy Brown.

Attempt saved. Joe Pigott (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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

Foul by Eliot Richards (Cheltenham Town).

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Durrell Berry.

Foul by Ryan Leonard (Southend United).

Durrell Berry (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Myles Weston replaces Jack Payne.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Matt Richards replaces Craig Braham-Barrett.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Adam Barrett replaces Ben Coker.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Adam Thompson.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Durrell Berry.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Zack Kotwica replaces Jake Gray.

Ben Coker (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Wes Burns (Cheltenham Town).

Foul by John White (Southend United).

Jake Gray (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Shrewsbury30177643202358
2Burton30177641271458
3Wycombe301511441231856
4Southend3015963324954
5Luton291410536231352
6Newport3013893736147
7Plymouth301371035221346
8Bury30137104034646
9Exeter311110104244-243
10Stevenage30126123938142
11Wimbledon29118104038241
12Morecambe30118113129241
13Northampton30124144741640
14Cambridge29107124436837
15Accrington29113153749-1236
16Portsmouth29810112933-434
17Oxford Utd30810123338-534
18Dag & Red3097143239-734
19Carlisle30103173852-1433
20Tranmere29710123035-531
21Mansfield2987142437-1331
22Cheltenham3079142645-1930
23York30514112937-829
24Hartlepool3066182350-2724
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