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Coventry City 0-2 Southend United

Southend moved to within a point of the League One play-offs with a 2-0 win at bottom club Coventry.

Early goals from Nile Ranger and Ryan Leonard handed the visitors a first win in four games.

Shrimpers boss Phil Brown read the riot act to his squad following last weekend's defeat to Bristol Rovers, and they wasted little time in making amends at the Ricoh Arena as Ranger poked the ball past Coventry goalkeeper Lee Burge from six yards with just two minutes on the clock.

Southend doubled their lead in the 23rd minute courtesy of a deflected 30-yard free-kick from Leonard.

Coventry's main attacking threat came down the left from wing-back Ryan Haynes, who hit a shot over the bar in the 25th minute in the home side's first meaningful attack.

It took 49 minutes for the Sky Blues to register their first shot on target through Callum Reilly but it was not enough to trouble Southend goalkeeper Ted Smith.

The result left Coventry rooted to the bottom of the table after a fourth defeat in five, while Southend remain in seventh place.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Coventry

  • 1Burge
  • 19Rawson
  • 7N Clarke
  • 4TurnbullSubstituted forThomasat 45'minutes
  • 30Kelly-EvansBooked at 52mins
  • 5BigirimanaSubstituted forG Thomasat 62'minutes
  • 31Stevenson
  • 12Reilly
  • 24Haynes
  • 16Beavon
  • 20Tudgay

Substitutes

  • 3Stokes
  • 8Lameiras
  • 11Reid
  • 13Gadzhev
  • 14Thomas
  • 23Charles-Cook
  • 27G Thomas

Southend

  • 22Smith
  • 2White
  • 33Inniss
  • 35Ferdinand
  • 3Coker
  • 12Atkinson
  • 18Leonard
  • 4Wordsworth
  • 11McLaughlinSubstituted forNoubleat 84'minutes
  • 31RobinsonSubstituted forMcGlashanat 78'minutes
  • 50RangerSubstituted forFortunéat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7O'Neill
  • 9Mooney
  • 13Bishop
  • 14Fortuné
  • 16Amos
  • 17McGlashan
  • 29Nouble
Referee:
John Busby
Attendance:
7,646

Match Stats

Home TeamCoventryAway TeamSouthend
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home6
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away2
Fouls
Home16
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Coventry City 0, Southend United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Coventry City 0, Southend United 2.

Foul by George Thomas (Coventry City).

Will Atkinson (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Marcus Tudgay (Coventry City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

George Thomas (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jermaine McGlashan (Southend United).

Ryan Haynes (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Southend United).

Dion Kelly-Evans (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Frank Nouble (Southend United).

Foul by Stuart Beavon (Coventry City).

Ryan Leonard (Southend United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Frank Nouble replaces Stephen McLaughlin.

Attempt blocked. Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Southend United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Farrend Rawson (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Dion Kelly-Evans (Coventry City).

Anthony Wordsworth (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Jermaine McGlashan replaces Theo Robinson.

George Thomas (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Anthony Wordsworth (Southend United).

Delay in match Anthony Wordsworth (Southend United) because of an injury.

Substitution

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

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by George Thomas.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. George Thomas replaces Gael Bigirimana.

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

Attempt blocked. Ben Coker (Southend United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Nile Ranger (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Callum Reilly (Coventry City).

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Nile Ranger.

Attempt blocked. Marcus Tudgay (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Stuart Beavon (Coventry City).

Ben Coker (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Dion Kelly-Evans (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Dion Kelly-Evans (Coventry City).

Ben Coker (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Callum Reilly (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Kwame Thomas (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Will Atkinson (Southend United).

Foul by Ryan Inniss (Southend United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd37229671422975
2Fleetwood371910855361967
3Bolton36199854312366
4Scunthorpe3818101065442164
5Bradford381518550351563
6Millwall35161095041958
7Southend3715121055451057
8Bristol Rovers381412125657-154
9Walsall381314114546-153
10Oxford Utd36157144741652
11Peterborough38149155353051
12Wimbledon371214114946350
13Rochdale35148135150150
14Northampton38147175661-549
15Charlton381017114844447
16Gillingham381112155063-1345
17MK Dons371111154749-244
18Bury38128185764-744
19Shrewsbury371110164051-1143
20Oldham381013152537-1243
21Port Vale35911153956-1738
22Swindon3899203957-1836
23Chesterfield3889213661-2533
24Coventry37511213058-2826
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