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Oxford United 0-2 Southend United

Powerful second-half headers from Marc-Antoine Fortune and substitute Theo Robinson gave Southend United victory at in-form Oxford to boost their League One play-off hopes.

Oxford had won their previous five games in all competitions but they struggled to break through against a dogged Shrimpers defence.

Just after the hour mark - after a pacy overlap on the right - Jason Demetriou delivered a perfect cross for Fortune to head powerfully home.

And with just two minutes remaining, Robinson smartly peeled away from the goal-line to head in Luke O'Neill's right-wing corner.

Oxford were not at their best and their better opportunities came in the first half.

Chris Maguire fired an angled 20-yard free-kick into the side netting.

And from a Maguire corner, centre-half Chey Dunkley was unlucky to see his thumping header come back off the inside of the post.

Dunkley had another header saved at a corner after the break, but Southend were always threatening in the second half and sealed maximum points.

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Line-ups

Oxford Utd

  • 1Eastwood
  • 16Edwards
  • 33Dunkley
  • 5Nelson
  • 28Johnson
  • 8SercombeSubstituted forHemmingsat 61'minutes
  • 4Lundstram
  • 23Ledson
  • 10MaguireSubstituted forMcAlenyat 71'minutes
  • 19Hall
  • 7Martínez

Substitutes

  • 11McAleny
  • 14Ruffels
  • 15Hemmings
  • 18Rothwell
  • 22Long
  • 25Raglan
  • 34Stevens

Southend

  • 22Smith
  • 24DemetriouBooked at 77mins
  • 5Thompson
  • 35Ferdinand
  • 3Coker
  • 17McGlashanSubstituted forRobinsonat 68'minutes
  • 18Leonard
  • 4Wordsworth
  • 8Timlin
  • 10CoxSubstituted forO'Neillat 83'minutes
  • 14FortunéSubstituted forRangerat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7O'Neill
  • 16Amos
  • 29Nouble
  • 31Robinson
  • 33Inniss
  • 40Bexon
  • 50Ranger
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
7,277

Match Stats

Home TeamOxford UtdAway TeamSouthend
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home15
Away6
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Oxford United 0, Southend United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Oxford United 0, Southend United 2.

Attempt missed. Antonio Martínez (Oxford United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left.

Michael Timlin (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Robert Hall (Oxford United).

Attempt missed. Antonio Martínez (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Goal!

Goal! Oxford United 0, Southend United 2. Theo Robinson (Southend United) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luke O'Neill with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Curtis Nelson.

Robert Hall (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anthony Wordsworth (Southend United).

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Philip Edwards.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Luke O'Neill replaces Simon Cox.

Attempt missed. Robert Hall (Oxford United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

Philip Edwards (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Theo Robinson (Southend United).

Antonio Martínez (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Leonard (Southend United).

Attempt saved. Cheyenne Dunkley (Oxford United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Michael Timlin.

Booking

Jason Demetriou (Southend United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Curtis Nelson (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jason Demetriou (Southend United).

Kane Hemmings (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Theo Robinson (Southend United).

Foul by Conor McAleny (Oxford United).

Michael Timlin (Southend United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Nile Ranger replaces Marc-Antoine Fortuné.

Conor McAleny (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jason Demetriou (Southend United).

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Conor McAleny replaces Chris Maguire.

Attempt missed. John Lundstram (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Theo Robinson replaces Jermaine McGlashan.

Attempt blocked. Robert Hall (Oxford United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Adam Thompson.

Attempt missed. Ryan Ledson (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Oxford United 0, Southend United 1. Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Southend United) header from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Jason Demetriou.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Kane Hemmings replaces Liam Sercombe.

Ryan Ledson (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Simon Cox (Southend United).

Hand ball by Ryan Ledson (Oxford United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd32197658342464
2Scunthorpe31178657322559
3Bolton30176742231957
4Fleetwood321510746321455
5Bradford321215540291151
6Millwall3114894740750
7Southend31131084537849
8Peterborough31138104539647
9Rochdale30145114137447
10Bristol Rovers32129114951-245
11Oxford Utd30127113733443
12Walsall32101393943-443
13Charlton3091473730741
14MK Dons31109124039139
15Wimbledon3091294039139
16Northampton32116154852-439
17Gillingham31811123948-935
18Shrewsbury3298153244-1235
19Oldham32810142133-1234
20Port Vale3089133248-1633
21Bury3287174860-1231
22Swindon3278172947-1829
23Chesterfield3176183050-2027
24Coventry31410172648-2222
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