Match ends, Southend United 2, Northampton Town 0.
Goals from Barry Corr and David Worrall saw Southend United make it four league wins in a row after they defeated 10-man Northampton Town.
Jack Payne wasted a great early chance for the Shrimpers when he fired wide of the right-hand post from close range.
Northampton goalkeeper Jordan Archer was then sent off after spilling a cross and bringing down Corr, who fired in the resulting penalty.
Worrall made it 2-0 when he swept home a left-wing cross from Myles Weston.
Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder tells BBC Radio Northampton:
"We think Stewart Murdoch has pulled his hamstring. They (the injuries) are hurting me more than anybody can say.
"Some players have not done themselves any justice today. You've got to sometimes ride with it until you can change it round.
"My patience is running low on certain aspects. I don't like the inconsistency of our team"
- 5ThompsonBooked at 28mins
- 6ProsserBooked at 71mins
- 26O'TooleSubstituted forDeeganat 89'minutes
- 19PayneSubstituted forCoulthirstat 85'minutes
- 11WestonSubstituted forAtkinsonat 82'minutes
- 21ArcherBooked at 67mins
- 17RobertsonBooked at 33mins
- 25ByromBooked at 44minsSubstituted forMohamedat 45'minutes
- 32MurdochSubstituted forHackettat 31'minutes
- 18RavenhillSubstituted forDukeat 68'minutes
- 30BanksBooked at 84mins
- Keith Stroud
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Southend United 2, Northampton Town 0.
Attempt missed. Barry Corr (Southend United) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left.
Attempt missed. Oliver Banks (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.
Foul by Cian Bolger (Southend United).
Marc Richards (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, Southend United. Gary Deegan replaces John-Joe O'Toole.
Substitution, Southend United. Shaquile Coulthirst replaces Jack Payne.
Michael Timlin (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Oliver Banks (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Oliver Banks (Northampton Town).
Luke Prosser (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Marc Richards (Northampton Town).
Substitution, Southend United. Will Atkinson replaces Myles Weston.
Attempt missed. Marc Richards (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.
Goal! Southend United 2, Northampton Town 0. David Worrall (Southend United) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Myles Weston with a cross.
Cian Bolger (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Kaid Mohamed (Northampton Town).
Attempt missed. Jack Payne (Southend United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.
Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Matt Duke.