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Southend United 2-3 Exeter City

Eliot Richards

Substitute Eliot Richards' dramatic late strike saw Exeter come from behind to beat promotion-chasing Southend.

The striker, on loan from Bristol Rovers, beat two men and then fired under goalkeeper Daniel Bentley.

Earlier, Mark Phillips scored two headers for the hosts, one from a free-kick and the other from a corner, after Jimmy Keohane had slotted Exeter ahead.

Liam Sercombe equalised with a stunning strike into the top corner from outside the box before Richards' heroics.

Bentley looked like he had secured all three points for the Shrimpers as he made a string of fine saves to preserve their lead, but Exeter were eventually rewarded for a dominant second-half performance.

The loss for Phil Brown's men extends their winless run to five league games and means they are now seven points off an automatic promotion place.

Line-ups

Southend

  • 17Bentley
  • 2White
  • 3Coker
  • 18Leonard
  • 23Thompson
  • 5Phillips
  • 14Hurst
  • 8TimlinSubstituted forWilliamsat 85'minutes
  • 39BarnardSubstituted forGomisat 69'minutes
  • 10CorrSubstituted forEastwoodat 77'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 12Atkinson

Substitutes

  • 1Smith
  • 4Laird
  • 7Eastwood
  • 11Straker
  • 21Payne
  • 28Williams
  • 29Gomis

Exeter

  • 30Pym
  • 2Butterfield
  • 3Woodman
  • 29Grimes
  • 4Bennett
  • 6Coles
  • 7Sercombe
  • 8OakleySubstituted forWheelerat 73'minutes
  • 19O'FlynnSubstituted forNicholsat 84'minutes
  • 22KeohaneSubstituted forRichardsat 70'minutes
  • 11Davies

Substitutes

  • 1Krysiak
  • 14Richards
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 16Dawson
  • 20Nichols
  • 25Parkin
  • 32Wheeler
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
5,899

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthendAway TeamExeter
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home9
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away11
Corners
Home7
Away18
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Southend United 2, Exeter City 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Southend United 2, Exeter City 3.

  3. Booking

    Freddy Eastwood (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    David Wheeler (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Freddy Eastwood (Southend United).

  6. Post update

    Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Danny Butterfield.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Freddy Eastwood.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Daniel Bentley.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. David Wheeler (Exeter City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Southend United 2, Exeter City 3. Eliot Richards (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Adam Thompson.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tom Nichols (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kevan Hurst (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jason Williams (Southend United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Southend United. Jason Williams replaces Michael Timlin.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Exeter City. Tom Nichols replaces John O'Flynn.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Southend United 2, Exeter City 2. Liam Sercombe (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Matt Grimes.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Ryan Leonard.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Arron Davies (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Freddy Eastwood (Southend United).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chesterfield311610551282358
2Scunthorpe311413445301555
3Oxford Utd311412543241954
4Rochdale30165948351353
5Fleetwood301641048341452
6Burton3014973429551
7Southend30138938281047
8Hartlepool31118123535041
9Dag & Red311010113839-140
10Newport2710983533239
11York32912113837139
12Plymouth30109112735-839
13Exeter30108123740-338
14Wimbledon31108133237-538
15Morecambe30108123440-638
16Cheltenham30812103540-536
17Portsmouth31812113543-836
18Mansfield31811123243-1135
19Bristol Rovers30810122832-434
20Accrington2989123441-733
21Bury28711103235-332
22Wycombe30710133339-631
23Torquay3078153046-1629
24Northampton3068162342-1926
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