League Two
RochdaleRochdale0SouthendSouthend United3

Southend dented Rochdale's hopes for automatic promotion with an easy win at Spotland that keeps them in the hunt for a play-off place in League One.

The Shrimpers went in front when Barry Corr tucked in Jacob Murphy's cross from close range after 12 minutes.

Murphy then doubled the lead just before the break after he tapped in Ryan Leonard's centre.

Michael Timlin's volley made the points safe before Kevan Hurst nearly got a fourth, hitting the bar from distance.

Rochdale slipped down to third in the table, three points clear of fourth-placed Fleetwood, while Southend went sixth with a three-point cushion in the race for the play-offs.

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

"It was a tense game and I think the tension was in the performance, it looks like a crisis of confidence.

"We've got three more opportunities but we can't afford to perform with those types of nerves.

"It's no time for throwing in the towel or spitting the dummy out or harsh words or criticisms, the players need support."

Line-ups

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 2Rafferty
  • 16DoneBooked at 49mins
  • 4CavanaghSubstituted forAllenat 45'minutes
  • 22O'Connell
  • 6Lancashire
  • 40Henderson
  • 12LundBooked at 81mins
  • 11HoganSubstituted forDonnellyat 30'minutes
  • 25RoseSubstituted forVincentiat 45'minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 39Bunney

Substitutes

  • 3Bennett
  • 5Eastham
  • 7Vincenti
  • 9Donnelly
  • 14Hery
  • 21Thomson
  • 24Allen

Southend

  • 17Bentley
  • 2White
  • 3Coker
  • 18Leonard
  • 35Sokolik
  • 32Egan
  • 14HurstBooked at 55minsSubstituted forProsserat 84'minutes
  • 12Atkinson
  • 10CorrSubstituted forLozaat 73'minutes
  • 8Timlin
  • 15MurphySubstituted forStrakerat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Laird
  • 6Prosser
  • 7Eastwood
  • 9Loza
  • 11Straker
  • 25Chambers
  • 39Barnard
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
3,884

Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamSouthend
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home7
Away11
Shots on Target
Home1
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away1
Fouls
Home13
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rochdale 0, Southend United 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rochdale 0, Southend United 3.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by John White.

  4. Post update

    Luke Prosser (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by George Donnelly (Rochdale).

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Southend United. Luke Prosser replaces Kevan Hurst.

  7. Booking

    Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Peter Vincenti (Rochdale).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Jack O'Connell (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Michael Timlin (Southend United).

  12. Post update

    Oliver Lancashire (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Jamar Loza (Southend United).

  14. Booking

    Matthew Lund (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Lund (Rochdale).

  16. Post update

    Anthony Straker (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Matthew Lund (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Michael Timlin (Southend United).

  19. Post update

    Hand ball by Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale).

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

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