Match ends, Southend United 4, Bury 1.
Noel Hunt scored twice as Southend United eased to victory against Bury at Roots Hall in League One.
The ex-Reading striker prodded in after Ben Coker's shot hit the bar before slotting home a second after a mistake by Bury goalkeeper Dan Bachmann.
Leon Clarke raced clear to pull a goal back for Bury just before the break.
Dave Mooney extended the hosts lead from the spot after Nathan Cameron fouled Jack Payne, before Payne smashed into the top corner to seal the win.
The victory for Phil Brown's Shrimpers sees them overtake Bury and move into seventh place, outside the play-offs on goal difference, while the Shakers drop to eighth.
Bury manager David Flitcroft told BBC Radio Manchester:
"I spoke to the players for a good 20 minutes after the game to try and understand how we are so far off what we do and what we do daily.
"The performance wasn't acceptable from us as a football club. Over 100 fans have travelled down at a difficult time, when money is tight at Christmas, and we haven't been able to perform. That disappoints me.
"The performance wasn't acceptable in the first half - it's as bad as we've been. At 2-1 I felt we were in the game, but individual defending and defending as a unit was poor all night."
- 3CokerBooked at 71mins
- 7WorrallBooked at 72minsSubstituted forReaat 77'minutes
- 12AtkinsonBooked at 80mins
- 16HuntSubstituted forHurstat 66'minutes
- 9MooneySubstituted forPigottat 83'minutes
- 30BachmannBooked at 74mins
- 32RoseSubstituted forPopeat 53'minutes
- 19SoaresSubstituted forMellisat 45'minutes
- 22PughSubstituted forJonesat 35'minutes
- James Linington
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Southend United 4, Bury 1.
Foul by Kevan Hurst (Southend United).
Chris Hussey (Bury) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Attempt saved. Kevan Hurst (Southend United) right footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Attempt saved. Kevan Hurst (Southend United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Substitution, Southend United. Joe Pigott replaces David Mooney.
Jack Payne (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Kelvin Etuhu (Bury).
Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Jacob Mellis.
Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Joe Riley.
Adam Barrett (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Nathan Cameron (Bury).
Will Atkinson (Southend United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Will Atkinson (Southend United).
Jacob Mellis (Bury) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Kevan Hurst (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jacob Mellis (Bury).
Goal! Southend United 4, Bury 1. Jack Payne (Southend United) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Kevan Hurst.
Substitution, Southend United. Glen Rea replaces David Worrall.