League One
Southend1Chesterfield0

Southend United 1-0 Chesterfield

Adam Thompson scored his first goal of the season as Southend clung on to a narrow League One win over struggling Chesterfield.

Chesterfield striker Ched Evans, who is still recovering from a foot injury, was not in the squad and did not attend the match at Roots Hall after he was found not guilty on Friday of a rape charge.

Thompson's first-half strike meant Southend move up to 19th and have won five of their last six matches at home, while Chesterfield drop to 21st.

The winner came in the 29th minute after Chesterfield failed to clear a corner and the ball fell to Thompson, who smashed home from 10 yards.

Chesterfield could have levelled soon after when Kristian Dennis nipped in behind the Shrimpers defence but his lifted finish was saved by Southend goalkeeper Mark Oxley.

The hosts dominated the early part of the second half, but Nile Ranger and Simon Cox both squandered excellent opportunities.

Chesterfield substitute Ricky German almost made them pay, but his close-range effort was scrambled off the line and Southend held on for a much-needed victory.

Reports supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Southend

  • 1Oxley
  • 24Demetriou
  • 5Thompson
  • 35Ferdinand
  • 3CokerBooked at 14mins
  • 11McLaughlinSubstituted forMcGlashanat 69'minutes
  • 18LeonardBooked at 90mins
  • 4Wordsworth
  • 12Atkinson
  • 10Cox
  • 50RangerSubstituted forFortunéat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2White
  • 9Mooney
  • 14Fortuné
  • 16King
  • 17McGlashan
  • 22Smith
  • 33Inniss

Chesterfield

  • 12Fulton
  • 15O'Neil
  • 4Hird
  • 23AndersonBooked at 73mins
  • 19Donohue
  • 26O'SheaSubstituted forMitchellat 59'minutes
  • 18Nolan
  • 5Liddle
  • 28Ariyibi
  • 20DennisSubstituted forGermanat 59'minutes
  • 24WilkinsonSubstituted forDimaioat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Evatt
  • 7Gardner
  • 11Mitchell
  • 17Dimaio
  • 21Allinson
  • 33Graham
  • 35German
Referee:
Kevin Johnson
Attendance:
6,004

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthendAway TeamChesterfield
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home13
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away10
Fouls
Home16
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Southend United 1, Chesterfield 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Southend United 1, Chesterfield 0.

Jermaine McGlashan (Southend United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Connor Dimaio (Chesterfield).

Attempt missed. Tom Anderson (Chesterfield) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Marc-Antoine Fortuné.

Attempt saved. Jermaine McGlashan (Southend United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Ben Coker.

Booking

Ryan Leonard (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Ryan Leonard (Southend United).

Ricky German (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Anton Ferdinand (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Reece Mitchell (Chesterfield).

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Jason Demetriou.

Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Southend United).

Dion Donohue (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ben Coker (Southend United).

Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Chesterfield. Connor Dimaio replaces Conor Wilkinson because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Marc-Antoine Fortuné replaces Nile Ranger.

Booking

Anthony Wordsworth (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Anthony Wordsworth.

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Mark Oxley.

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Adam Thompson.

Attempt blocked. Conor Wilkinson (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Jermaine McGlashan.

Foul by Anthony Wordsworth (Southend United).

Jon Nolan (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Tom Anderson (Chesterfield) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Simon Cox (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Anderson (Chesterfield).

Attempt missed. Nile Ranger (Southend United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Nile Ranger (Southend United).

Sam Hird (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jermaine McGlashan (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Tom Anderson.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Jermaine McGlashan replaces Stephen McLaughlin.

Foul by Nile Ranger (Southend United).

Tom Anderson (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Scunthorpe1384129131628
2Bradford13661158724
3Bolton136431310322
4Rochdale136341813521
5Sheff Utd126331814421
6Bury136252118320
7Port Vale136251618-220
8Bristol Rovers125431817119
9Northampton134632016418
10Oxford Utd135351414018
11Peterborough134542117417
12Wimbledon134541817117
13Fleetwood124441816216
14Walsall124441619-316
15Charlton123631512315
16MK Dons134361617-115
17Millwall124352123-215
18Gillingham134361925-615
19Southend134361323-1015
20Swindon133461217-513
21Chesterfield123361617-112
22Oldham13265715-812
23Shrewsbury132471321-810
24Coventry12165815-79
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