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Gillingham 2-1 Southend United

Two Josh Wright goals in the space of four first-half minutes secured Gillingham victory over 10-man Southend.

Wright fired home twice in quick succession before the Shrimpers were reduced to 10 men deep into first-half stoppage time, when Ryan Inniss was dismissed after being shown a second yellow card.

Southend rallied in the second half, with substitute Nile Ranger heading home, but Wright's double saw the Gills come out on top.

Wright's first goal of the afternoon came from the penalty spot after Southend defender Jason Demetriou brought down Cody McDonald.

Wright fired the penalty into the bottom-left hand corner of the net and then doubled his tally when he bundled the ball home from close range after excellent approach play from McDonald.

Play-off chasing Southend fought hard in the second half and netted a late consolation when Ranger nodded home Theo Robinson's right-wing cross.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Gillingham

  • 1Nelson
  • 2Jackson
  • 5Ehmer
  • 31Rehman
  • 7Wagstaff
  • 44Wright
  • 16Osadebe
  • 9DonnellySubstituted forParkerat 28'minutes
  • 14Martin
  • 10McDonald
  • 17Quigley

Substitutes

  • 8Hessenthaler
  • 19Parker
  • 21List
  • 22Dickenson
  • 29Muldoon
  • 30Holy
  • 36Mbo

Southend

  • 22Smith
  • 24Demetriou
  • 5Thompson
  • 33InnissBooked at 45mins
  • 3CokerBooked at 90mins
  • 17McGlashanSubstituted forWhiteat 45'minutes
  • 18LeonardBooked at 88mins
  • 4WordsworthSubstituted forRobinsonat 73'minutes
  • 8TimlinBooked at 75mins
  • 10Cox
  • 14FortunéSubstituted forRangerat 46'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2White
  • 12Atkinson
  • 16Amos
  • 25Nouble
  • 31Robinson
  • 40Bexon
  • 50Ranger
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
6,542

Match Stats

Home TeamGillinghamAway TeamSouthend
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home11
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Gillingham 2, Southend United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Gillingham 2, Southend United 1.

Booking

Simon Cox (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt saved. John White (Southend United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Ryan Leonard (Southend United).

Max Ehmer (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ben Coker (Southend United).

Josh Parker (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Gillingham 2, Southend United 1. Nile Ranger (Southend United) header from the left side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Theo Robinson with a cross.

Foul by Cody McDonald (Gillingham).

Michael Timlin (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Josh Parker (Gillingham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Scott Wagstaff (Gillingham) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal.

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

Attempt saved. Adam Thompson (Southend United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Lee Martin (Gillingham).

Jason Demetriou (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Michael Timlin (Southend United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Scott Wagstaff (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Michael Timlin (Southend United).

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Lee Martin.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Theo Robinson replaces Anthony Wordsworth.

Foul by Joe Quigley (Gillingham).

Jason Demetriou (Southend United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Ryan Leonard (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Stuart Nelson.

Attempt saved. Simon Cox (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Josh Wright (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nile Ranger (Southend United).

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Lee Martin.

Foul by Cody McDonald (Gillingham).

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

Max Ehmer (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Simon Cox (Southend United).

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Max Ehmer.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Leonard (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Adam Thompson.

Attempt blocked. Emmanuel Osadebe (Gillingham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Ryan Leonard.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd34208661352668
2Scunthorpe331710659342561
3Fleetwood341710750321861
4Bolton32177844271758
5Bradford341316544321255
6Southend341411952421053
7Millwall33141094740752
8Peterborough34148124946350
9Oxford Utd32147114233949
10Rochdale32146124543248
11Bristol Rovers341211115153-247
12Walsall341113104144-346
13Wimbledon331013104443143
14Charlton3391594035542
15MK Dons33119134241142
16Northampton34117165057-740
17Gillingham34912134453-939
18Shrewsbury34108163547-1238
19Bury34107175161-1037
20Oldham34812142133-1236
21Port Vale32810143451-1734
22Swindon3489173248-1633
23Chesterfield3477203156-2528
24Coventry33510182952-2325
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