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Southend United 3-2 Walsall

Southend United staged a stunning second-half fightback to see off Walsall in a thrilling League One encounter at Roots Hall.

The Shrimpers seemed to be heading for defeat when their former midfielder Franck Moussa fired the Saddlers into a 2-0 lead.

But goals from Nile Ranger, Anton Ferdinand and Simon Cox saw Southend pick up all three points to move into the play-off places.

Substitute Moussa fired Walsall into an 18th-minute lead with a neat finish from Joe Edwards' left-wing cross and then doubled the visitors' lead with another clever finish after a poor clearance from Ryan Inniss.

However, Southend got back into the game in the 63rd minute with Ranger heading home Will Atkinson's left-wing cross following a quickly-taken Ben Coker free-kick.

The Shrimpers then drew back level in the 76th minute when skipper Ferdinand volleyed home from 12 yards after Anthony Wordsworth's free-kick had only been half cleared.

And Southend completed their comeback seven minutes from time when Cox curled a 20-yard free-kick into the top left-hand corner of the net.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Southend

  • 22Smith
  • 2White
  • 33InnissBooked at 49minsSubstituted forRobinsonat 52'minutes
  • 35Ferdinand
  • 3CokerBooked at 84mins
  • 18Leonard
  • 16AmosSubstituted forDemetriouat 51'minutes
  • 12AtkinsonSubstituted forCoxat 74'minutes
  • 4Wordsworth
  • 11McLaughlin
  • 50Ranger

Substitutes

  • 5Thompson
  • 8Timlin
  • 10Cox
  • 14Fortuné
  • 17McGlashan
  • 24Demetriou
  • 31Robinson

Walsall

  • 1Etheridge
  • 16Preston
  • 4O'ConnorBooked at 82mins
  • 3Laird
  • 5McCarthy
  • 14Osbourne
  • 7Chambers
  • 6Dobson
  • 2Edwards
  • 33MakrisSubstituted forBakayokoat 80'minutes
  • 10OztumerSubstituted forMoussaat 15'minutesSubstituted forMorrisat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Jackson
  • 11Morris
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 18Randall-Hurren
  • 20Bakayoko
  • 24Roberts
  • 44Moussa
Referee:
Robert Jones
Attendance:
6,756

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthendAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home16
Away5
Shots on Target
Home9
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away1
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Southend United 3, Walsall 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Southend United 3, Walsall 2.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Stephen McLaughlin.

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

Foul by Nile Ranger (Southend United).

Matt Preston (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Theo Robinson (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Nile Ranger (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

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

Foul by Kieron Morris (Walsall).

Foul by Nile Ranger (Southend United).

James O'Connor (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Ben Coker (Southend United) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Southend United 3, Walsall 2. Simon Cox (Southend United) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Anthony Wordsworth (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

James O'Connor (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by James O'Connor (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Kieron Morris replaces Franck Moussa.

Foul by Ryan Leonard (Southend United).

Isaiah Osbourne (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Amadou Bakayoko replaces Andreas Makris.

Goal!

Goal! Southend United 2, Walsall 2. Anton Ferdinand (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner following a set piece situation.

Hand ball by James O'Connor (Walsall).

Attempt missed. Nile Ranger (Southend United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Simon Cox replaces Will Atkinson.

Attempt saved. Theo Robinson (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Neil Etheridge.

Foul by Nile Ranger (Southend United).

James O'Connor (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Theo Robinson (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Matt Preston.

Attempt missed. Jason McCarthy (Walsall) right footed shot from long range on the right is close, but misses to the left.

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

Attempt missed. Franck Moussa (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Foul by Nile Ranger (Southend United).

Joe Edwards (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Southend United 1, Walsall 2. Nile Ranger (Southend United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Will Atkinson following a set piece situation.

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

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

Attempt missed. Isaiah Osbourne (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd38239673433078
2Bolton37209856322469
3Fleetwood381911855361968
4Bradford391618552361666
5Scunthorpe3918101166462064
6Southend3816121058471160
7Millwall36161195041959
8Bristol Rovers391512125858057
9Oxford Utd37167144942755
10Rochdale36158135551453
11Walsall391314124749-253
12Peterborough391410155454052
13Wimbledon381215114946351
14Northampton39147185763-649
15Charlton391017124946347
16MK Dons381211154849-147
17Bury39129185764-745
18Gillingham391112165167-1645
19Oldham391014152638-1244
20Shrewsbury381110174153-1243
21Port Vale361011154157-1641
22Swindon3999214059-1936
23Chesterfield3989223763-2633
24Coventry38511223059-2926
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