Match ends, Scunthorpe United 1, Southend United 0.
Scunthorpe made it three straight wins as they edged past in-form Southend.
Iron's top scorer Paddy Madden netted the only goal of the game when he headed in his 17th goal of the season.
Southend's Dan Bentley made a succession of saves to keep the score down as the visitors struggled.
The Iron's Murray Wallace headed against the bar in the second half as Scunthorpe remain unbeaten under the charge of joint caretaker bosses Nick Daws and Andy Dawson.
Scunthorpe United joint-caretaker-manager Nick Daws talking to BBC Radio Humberside:
"I thought we started the game really well - all parts of our game came together today.
"I thought we defended brilliantly, we moved the ball really well, and we did exactly what we worked on in training during the week.
"The two outstanding saves that Dan Bentley pulled off in the first half just indicated why clubs want to pay whatever they want to pay for him."
- 2WisemanSubstituted forClarkeat 86'minutes
- 17TownsendSubstituted forLairdat 86'minutes
- 7WilliamsSubstituted forMcSheffreyat 86'minutes
- 24O'NeillBooked at 66mins
- 15BolgerBooked at 88mins
- 12AtkinsonBooked at 59mins
- 20McQueenSubstituted forLozaat 51'minutesBooked at 84mins
- 25KamaraSubstituted forWordsworthat 51'minutes
- 19BarnettSubstituted forHuntat 59'minutes
- David Coote
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Scunthorpe United 1, Southend United 0.
Attempt saved. Gary McSheffrey (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner.
Foul by Stephen Dawson (Scunthorpe United).
Noel Hunt (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Adam Thompson (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.
Neal Bishop (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Jamar Loza (Southend United).
Attempt blocked. Neal Bishop (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Luke O'Neill.
Cian Bolger (Southend United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Paddy Madden (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Cian Bolger (Southend United).
Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Scott Laird replaces Conor Townsend.
Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Gary McSheffrey replaces Luke Williams because of an injury.
Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Jordan Clarke replaces Scott Wiseman.
Jamar Loza (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Tom Hopper (Scunthorpe United).
Cian Bolger (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Luke Williams (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.