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Cheltenham Town 0-1 Southend United

Substitute Conor Clifford's long-range strike was enough to earn Southend victory over 10-man Cheltenham Town.

Cheltenham had midfielder Jason Taylor sent off for reacting to a 37th-minute challenge by Clifford.

Southend - and Clifford - made the most of their numerical advantage to earn a second win in four days.

Clifford beat Robins goalkeeper Trevor Carson with a fierce 25-yard effort to take the visitors into the League Two play-off places.

Carson also had to make a fine one-handed save to deny Myles Weston, while Kevan Hurst also smashed an effort against the bar as Southend looked to add to their lead.

The closest Cheltenham came to a first goal in three matches was a low shot from Jordan Wynter which was well saved by Daniel Bentley.

Cheltenham manager Mark Yates told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"I saw the red card at half-time and I thought it was very harsh.

"But Taylor has given him the chance. I don't think there's anything we can do about it.

"It was a great game until then. It was two good sides playing some good stuff. They showed in the second half what a decent passing side they were."

Line-ups

Cheltenham

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Carson
  • 6Elliott
  • 4Taylor
  • 5Brown
  • 19Sterling-JamesSubstituted forHanksat 61'minutes
  • 3Braham-BarrettBooked at 74mins
  • 8Richards
  • 7WynterSubstituted forGornellat 81'minutes
  • 25TaylorBooked at 38mins
  • 26MarquisBooked at 85mins
  • 9Harrison

Substitutes

  • 10Gornell
  • 11Haworth
  • 15Deaman
  • 16Hanks
  • 17Kotwica
  • 18Black
  • 30Reynolds

Southend

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Bentley
  • 5Thompson
  • 23WilliamsBooked at 42mins
  • 2White
  • 6Prosser
  • 22Deegan
  • 19PayneSubstituted forAtkinsonat 84'minutes
  • 18LeonardSubstituted forCliffordat 35'minutes
  • 17CoulthirstSubstituted forBarnardat 76'minutes
  • 14Hurst
  • 11WestonBooked at 55mins

Substitutes

  • 4Ibenfeldt
  • 7Worrall
  • 9Barnard
  • 12Atkinson
  • 16Clifford
  • 21Smith
  • 28Williams
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
2,303

Match Stats

Home TeamCheltenhamAway TeamSouthend
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home3
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home10
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cheltenham Town 0, Southend United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Cheltenham Town 0, Southend United 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Matt Richards.

  4. Post update

    Steve Elliott (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Lee Barnard (Southend United).

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Matt Richards (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  7. Post update

    Troy Brown (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Lee Barnard (Southend United).

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jerome Williams (Southend United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  10. Booking

    John Marquis (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Southend United. Will Atkinson replaces Jack Payne.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Troy Brown.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Terry Gornell replaces Jordan Wynter.

  14. Post update

    Hand ball by John Marquis (Cheltenham Town).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Southend United. Lee Barnard replaces Shaquile Coulthirst.

  16. Booking

    Craig Braham-Barrett (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Craig Braham-Barrett (Cheltenham Town).

  18. Post update

    Gary Deegan (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Kevan Hurst (Southend United) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Matt Taylor.