Match ends, Burton Albion 0, Southend United 1.
Freddie Eastwood earned victory for Southend with an injury-time goal against 10-man Burton.
Burton keeper Jordan Pickford produced a fine save to deny Cauley Woodrow before the hosts had striker Blly Kee sent off for a second bookable offence.
Alex MacDonald went close with a header and substitute Matt Palmer hit a post as Burton pushed for an opener.
But late on substitute Eastwood struck with a deflected 15-yard shot that bounced in off a post.
VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Burton Albion manager Gary Rowett told BBC Radio Derby
"I'm sick for the players. I thought second half, in all fairness, we had more chances than them and more shots than them. Their keeper has made more saves than ours.
"I felt as though we were certainly going to see the game out for a point. I just felt we had a two or three-minute spell where we got a bit carried away.
"Even the stewards were throwing the ball back with 89 minutes gone, and you think just calm down, settle down, let's keep our shape"
Southend United manager Phil Brown told BBC Essex:
"I think you've got to give Burton a lot of credit. Their second-half performance was very resilient, very hard working and it was tough to break them down.
"I couldn't tell you what formation we were playing at the end. We threw all our eggs in one basket.
"It was credit to Freddie (Eastwood) with the strike, but we just didn't move the ball quick enough in the second half to cause Burton problems."
- 11MacDonaldSubstituted forPhillipsat 84'minutes
- 20McGurkBooked at 20mins
- 29KeeBooked at 45mins
- 3HusseySubstituted forPalmerat 61'minutes
- 2WhiteBooked at 72mins
- 18LeonardSubstituted forEastwoodat 63'minutes
- 15KiernanBooked at 2minsSubstituted forStrakerat 85'minutes
- 16CliffordSubstituted forPayneat 77'minutes
- Tony Harrington
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Burton Albion 0, Southend United 1.
Ian Sharps (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Mark Phillips (Southend United).
Goal! Burton Albion 0, Southend United 1. Freddy Eastwood (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.
Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Anthony Straker.
Attempt saved. Ben Coker (Southend United) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Substitution, Southend United. Anthony Straker replaces Robert Kiernan.
Substitution, Burton Albion. Jimmy Phillips replaces Alexander MacDonald.
Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.
Attempt blocked. Jack Payne (Southend United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt missed. Freddy Eastwood (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Attempt missed. Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion) header from very close range misses to the left.
Substitution, Southend United. Jack Payne replaces Conor Clifford.
Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Ian Sharps.
Attempt blocked. Cauley Woodrow (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt saved. Cauley Woodrow (Southend United) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Damien McCrory.
Attempt missed. Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Attempt blocked. Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.