Match ends, Southend United 2, Cheltenham Town 0.
A first-half brace from on-loan striker Joe Pigott earned Southend victory over Cheltenham as the Shrimpers extended their unbeaten league run to 10 games.
Pigott, who arrived at Roots Hall from Charlton in January, fired in from close range to put the hosts ahead.
He then placed a superb header into the bottom-left corner from Ben Coker's free-kick to double the lead.
Cheltenham's best chance saw Matt Taylor's second-half header cleared off the line by Michael Timlin.
The win for Phil Brown's men was Southend's first victory in a home midweek game in almost three-and-a-half-years and leaves them in fourth place, just two points off an automatic promotion spot.
Cheltenham manager Paul Buckle told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:
"It's very hard to take. The overall performance level wasn't that bad and the effort from the players was there.
"But at certain moments there's a bit of weakness in us. It's been happening for a long time.
"We've got to work our socks off to try and cut them out because we're not under severe pressure.
"We just find it really hard to concentrate for 90 minutes."
- 3CokerSubstituted forBarrettat 67'minutes
- 19PayneSubstituted forWestonat 68'minutes
- 24CassidySubstituted forHurstat 77'minutesBooked at 87mins
- 25BerryBooked at 90mins
- 4TaylorBooked at 34mins
- 3Braham-BarrettSubstituted forRichardsat 67'minutes
- 20WynterBooked at 28minsSubstituted forHanksat 45'minutes
- 24GraySubstituted forKotwicaat 63'minutes
- 18RichardsBooked at 90mins
- Carl Berry
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Southend United 2, Cheltenham Town 0.
Eliot Richards (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card.
John White (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Eliot Richards (Cheltenham Town).
Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Troy Brown.
Durrell Berry (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card.
Myles Weston (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Durrell Berry (Cheltenham Town).
Foul by Jerome Binnom-Williams (Southend United).
Denny Johnstone (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Michael Timlin.
Foul by Adam Thompson (Southend United).
Eliot Richards (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Kevan Hurst (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.
Joe Hanks (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Kevan Hurst (Southend United).
Ryan Leonard (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Wes Burns (Cheltenham Town).
Attempt saved. Zack Kotwica (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.