League One
Chesterfield0Southend4

Chesterfield 0-4 Southend United

Southend got their play-off challenge back on track with a comfortable win at 10-man Chesterfield, who are all-but relegated.

After defeats in their past two League One games, Phil Brown's side took an early lead from the penalty spot when Simon Cox fired home.

Southend remain one spot and one point outside the play-off places after sixth-placed Millwall overcame Northampton, while defeat leaves Chesterfield nine points from safety with thee games remaining.

Anthony Wordsworth and Cox breached the static Spireites defence in the second half to kill the contest, while Marc-Antoine Fortune made it four with his first touch after coming off the bench.

Just before the break Dion Donohue was dismissed for a foul on Jason Demetriou to add to Chesterfield's woes.

Cox was the man that earned and scored Southend's 15th-minute penalty. On the ball, he stood firm as goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann scampered towards him and when contact was made the referee had an easy decision to make and the spot-kick was duly converted.

Poor defending contributed to United's three second-half goals, Wordsworth converting a Demetriou cross while Cox took advantage of some solid Will Atkinson work before Fortune slipped through a shell-shocked defence to complete the scoring.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Chesterfield

  • 38Stuckmann
  • 23AndersonBooked at 20mins
  • 4Hird
  • 27Maguire
  • 2McGinn
  • 7GardnerBooked at 28minsSubstituted forSimonsat 60'minutes
  • 17Dimaio
  • 19DonohueBooked at 45mins
  • 3Jones
  • 39RowleySubstituted forGrimshawat 70'minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 20DennisSubstituted forEbanks-Blakeat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Martínez
  • 10Ebanks-Blake
  • 11Mitchell
  • 12Fulton
  • 22Simons
  • 28Grimshaw
  • 42Wakefield

Southend

  • 21Walton
  • 2White
  • 35Ferdinand
  • 5Thompson
  • 24Demetriou
  • 12AtkinsonBooked at 52minsSubstituted forHinesat 68'minutes
  • 4Wordsworth
  • 8Timlin
  • 11McLaughlin
  • 10CoxSubstituted forRobinsonat 75'minutes
  • 50RangerSubstituted forFortunéat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7O'Neill
  • 14Fortuné
  • 16Amos
  • 17McGlashan
  • 23Hines
  • 31Robinson
  • 40Bexon
Referee:
Ross Joyce
Attendance:
5,529

Match Stats

Home TeamChesterfieldAway TeamSouthend
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home2
Away13
Shots on Target
Home0
Away4
Corners
Home0
Away3
Fouls
Home17
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Chesterfield 0, Southend United 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chesterfield 0, Southend United 4.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Tom Anderson.

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

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Paul McGinn.

Attempt missed. Liam Grimshaw (Chesterfield) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is just a bit too high.

Foul by Paul McGinn (Chesterfield).

Stephen McLaughlin (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Michael Timlin (Southend United) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the left.

Booking

Liam Grimshaw (Chesterfield) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Liam Grimshaw (Chesterfield).

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

Foul by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (Chesterfield).

Attempt missed. Anthony Wordsworth (Southend United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Stephen McLaughlin (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul McGinn (Chesterfield).

Substitution

Substitution, Chesterfield. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake replaces Kristian Dennis.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Theo Robinson replaces Simon Cox.

Goal!

Goal! Chesterfield 0, Southend United 4. Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Anthony Wordsworth.

Substitution

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

Substitution

Substitution, Chesterfield. Liam Grimshaw replaces Joe Rowley.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Zavon Hines replaces Will Atkinson.

Goal!

Goal! Chesterfield 0, Southend United 3. Simon Cox (Southend United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.

Attempt blocked. Michael Timlin (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Attempt blocked. Jason Demetriou (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Chesterfield. Rai Simons replaces Dan Gardner.

Goal!

Goal! Chesterfield 0, Southend United 2. Anthony Wordsworth (Southend United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stephen McLaughlin.

Foul by Nile Ranger (Southend United).

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

Attempt missed. Will Atkinson (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Booking

Will Atkinson (Southend United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Will Atkinson (Southend United).

Daniel Jones (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Paul McGinn (Chesterfield).

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

Second Half

Second Half begins Chesterfield 0, Southend United 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Chesterfield 0, Southend United 1.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd432710683453891
2Bolton422310963352879
3Fleetwood4321121060411975
4Bradford431918658391975
5Scunthorpe4321101272512173
6Millwall4319131162501270
7Southend4319121268501869
8Rochdale431810156760764
9Bristol Rovers431712146262063
10Oxford Utd43179175852660
11Peterborough431610175857158
12MK Dons431413165453155
13Wimbledon431316145252055
14Walsall421316134952-355
15Charlton431118145252051
16Northampton43149205969-1051
17Gillingham431213185773-1649
18Oldham421115162942-1348
19Shrewsbury431211204460-1647
20Bury431210215872-1446
21Port Vale421112194466-2245
22Swindon431111214360-1744
23Chesterfield43910243970-3137
24Coventry43812233563-2836
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