League Two
SouthendSouthend United1AccringtonAccrington Stanley0

Southend all but secured a play-off place with a win over Accrington.

Ryan Leonard nearly opened the scoring for the home side when he headed John White's right-wing cross just wide.

Southend did take the lead in the second half when Barry Corr fired into the bottom corner from 12 yards after being teed up by Will Atkinson.

Accrington almost snatched a point but substitute Shay McCartan's volley was tipped wide by Shrimpers goalkeeper Daniel Bentley.

Southend United manager Phil Brown told BBC Essex:

"They are a difficult team to play against. They come with a physical tactic and you've got to try and beat it.

"I'm not saying it's ever going to be pretty against them. I sensed one or two frustrations from the crowd, but they've got to be patient.

"It's our sixth clean sheet in eight games, we've conceded two goals in those eight games and one of those was a penalty.

"Defensively we still look quite solid although we had one or two harum-scarum moments."

Line-ups

Southend

  • 17Bentley
  • 2White
  • 3Coker
  • 18Leonard
  • 35Sokolik
  • 32Egan
  • 12Atkinson
  • 8TimlinSubstituted forLozaat 58'minutes
  • 10CorrSubstituted forProsserat 85'minutes
  • 15MurphySubstituted forCliffordat 75'minutes
  • 14Hurst

Substitutes

  • 6Prosser
  • 7Eastwood
  • 9Loza
  • 11Straker
  • 16Clifford
  • 25Chambers
  • 39Barnard

Accrington

  • 26Bettinelli
  • 23Buxton
  • 3Liddle
  • 2MurphyBooked at 10mins
  • 6Winnard
  • 5Aldred
  • 15MingoiaSubstituted forWebberat 85'minutes
  • 4Joyce
  • 17GraySubstituted forMcCartanat 77'minutes
  • 10Hatfield
  • 11NaismithSubstituted forOdejayiat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7McCartan
  • 9Webber
  • 16Hunt
  • 20Windass
  • 24Odejayi
  • 25Atkinson
  • 44Bowerman
Referee:
Steven Rushton
Attendance:
5,915

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthendAway TeamAccrington
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home8
Away5
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home15
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Southend United 1, Accrington Stanley 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Southend United 1, Accrington Stanley 0.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ben Coker (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley).

  6. Post update

    Will Atkinson (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Ben Coker (Southend United).

  9. Post update

    Tom Aldred (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Luke Prosser (Southend United).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Southend United. Luke Prosser replaces Barry Corr.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Danny Webber replaces Piero Mingoia.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Daniel Bentley.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  15. Post update

    Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Jakub Sokolik (Southend United).

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Barry Corr (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Adam Buxton (Accrington Stanley).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.