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Southend United 2-0 Fleetwood Town

Southend United striker Barry Corr

Southend United striker Barry Corr hit his first goals since the first day of the season to wreck Fleetwood's hopes of returning to the top of League Two.

Corr headed the Shrimpers in front on 21 minutes from Kevan Hurst's cross.

The home side then sealed the points with an 81st-minute penalty.

Stewart Murdoch was adjudged to have fouled Will Atkinson and Corr powered his spot-kick into the top-left corner to confirm the hosts' third straight league win.

Fleetwood had been on top up until the Shrimpers' first goal, striker David Bell having had two low shots saved by Southend keeper Daniel Bentley, who also did well to parry a well-struck shot from Antoni Sarcevic.

The Cod Army, who gave new loan defender Charlie Taylor his debut, remain second in League Two, a point behind leaders Chesterfield, while Phil Brown's Southend move up to sixth.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Southend United manager Phil Brown told BBC Essex:

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Post-match: Southend boss Brown

"I think it was deserved. It was a good, feisty encounter but at the end of the day it was about the battling qualities of both teams and I thought we came out on top in terms of the battle.

"Barry Corr got man of the match, that was probably because of the two goals he's got. He's been in there 12 games without a goal.

"He had to keep believing and he did, and he got his just rewards."

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Fleetwood Town midfielder Jeff Hughes told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"It wasn't our usual high standard but a few decisions at key times went against us.

"We had chances to score and some of our final balls weren't up to standard.

"We invited some of the pressure on ourselves - we had the chance to play it forward but went back and back and put Scott Davies under pressure needlessly."

Line-ups

Southend

  • 17Bentley
  • 2White
  • 3Coker
  • 12Atkinson
  • 5PhillipsBooked at 56mins
  • 15Kiernan
  • 18LeonardBooked at 71minsSubstituted forEastwoodat 90+2'minutes
  • 16Clifford
  • 10Corr
  • 14HurstSubstituted forStrakerat 86'minutes
  • 33Woodrow

Substitutes

  • 1Smith
  • 6Prosser
  • 7Eastwood
  • 8Timlin
  • 11Straker
  • 20Njie
  • 21Payne

Fleetwood

  • 1Davies
  • 14Hogan
  • 20Taylor
  • 4MurdochSubstituted forBlairat 82'minutes
  • 16Cresswell
  • 6Pond
  • 12BrownSubstituted forMattat 64'minutes
  • 18Sarcevic
  • 23Ball
  • 11Hughes
  • 24CrowtherSubstituted forParkinat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Roberts
  • 8Schumacher
  • 9Parkin
  • 10Matt
  • 15McLaughlin
  • 17Blair
  • 33Lucas
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
4,996

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthendAway TeamFleetwood
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home14
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Southend United 2, Fleetwood Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Southend United 2, Fleetwood Town 0.

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Freddy Eastwood.

Attempt blocked. Jon Parkin (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Will Atkinson.

Attempt blocked. Freddy Eastwood (Southend United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Freddy Eastwood replaces Ryan Leonard.

Foul by Will Atkinson (Southend United).

Jeff Hughes (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Scott Davies.

Attempt saved. Cauley Woodrow (Southend United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Attempt blocked. Conor Clifford (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Anthony Straker replaces Kevan Hurst.

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

Kevan Hurst (Southend United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jon Parkin (Fleetwood Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Matty Blair replaces Stewart Murdoch.

Goal!

Goal! Southend United 2, Fleetwood Town 0. Barry Corr (Southend United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Penalty Southend United. Will Atkinson draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Stewart Murdoch (Fleetwood Town) after a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Mark Phillips.

Attempt blocked. Jon Parkin (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by John White (Southend United).

Jon Parkin (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Ryan Cresswell (Fleetwood Town) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Foul by Kevan Hurst (Southend United).

Charlie Taylor (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Jeff Hughes (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Ryan Leonard (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Ryan Leonard (Southend United).

David Ball (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Attempt missed. Barry Corr (Southend United) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Jon Parkin replaces Ryan Crowther.

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Jamille Matt replaces Junior Brown.

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

Foul by David Ball (Fleetwood Town).

Attempt missed. Robert Kiernan (Southend United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Scott Davies.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chesterfield11722189923
2Fleetwood127142014622
3Oxford Utd116322112921
4Morecambe116321914521
5Rochdale116231611520
6Southend126241410420
7Exeter116231413120
8Mansfield115421511419
9Scunthorpe10451138517
10Wycombe115241714317
11Wimbledon115241312117
12Newport114431514116
13Dag & Red114431515016
14Burton114341517-215
15Portsmouth113441819-113
16Hartlepool113351314-112
17Cheltenham113351422-812
18York103251314-111
19Plymouth11326814-611
20Bristol Rovers112451015-510
21Bury112361315-29
22Torquay112361321-89
23Northampton11227815-78
24Accrington11038719-123
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