Match ends, Southend United 1, Shrewsbury Town 0.
Southend recorded a fourth straight League Two win over 10-man Shrewsbury.
On-loan Spurs striker Shaq Coulthirst scored the only goal of the game, heading John White's deep cross into the bottom corner in the second minute.
Jean-Louis Akpra Akpro struck the post and James Collins shot inches wide from 25-yards as Shrewsbury responded.
Goalkeeper Jayson Leutwiler saved two more headers from Coulthirst before visiting substitute Andy Mangan was sent off late on for two yellow cards.
Southend stay fourth in the table, while Shrewsbury's third defeat in five league games drops them to seventh - five points adrift of the play-off places,
Shrewsbury manager Micky Mellon told BBC Radio Shropshire:
"It was disappointing to lose a goal so early and the manner we lost it. You can't give people free headers from balls lobbed into the box. But that sort of summed up the afternoon.
"We rested the players up on Wednesday and Thursday [after the Capital One Cup win over Norwich]. We stayed overnight in a nice hotel ahead of Southend, so no excuses there.
"But we never really got going. We didn't look a threat enough up front. I'd never say the effort was missing, but being streetwise, working smartly, being more aggressive - that was all missing."
- 19PayneSubstituted forCorrat 74'minutes
- 11WestonSubstituted forBolgerat 90+5'minutes
- 14HurstSubstituted forAtkinsonat 63'minutes
- 12GayleSubstituted forClarkat 56'minutes
- 11LawrenceBooked at 45minsSubstituted forManganat 56'minutesBooked at 84mins
- 9CollinsBooked at 65minsSubstituted forVincentat 71'minutesBooked at 83mins
- Kevin Johnson
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Southend United 1, Shrewsbury Town 0.
Attempt saved. Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Hand ball by Barry Corr (Southend United).
Substitution, Southend United. Cian Bolger replaces Myles Weston.
Attempt missed. James Wesolowski (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.
Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Luke Prosser.
Foul by Shaquile Coulthirst (Southend United).
Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Ryan Woods.
Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Ashley Vincent.
Second yellow card to Andy Mangan (Shrewsbury Town).
(Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Andy Mangan (Shrewsbury Town).
Ashley Vincent (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card.
John White (Southend United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Ashley Vincent (Shrewsbury Town).
Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Adam Thompson.
Foul by Barry Corr (Southend United).
James Wesolowski (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.