Match ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Southend United 0.
First-half goals from Billy Bodin and Rory Gaffney strengthened Bristol Rovers' League One play-off challenge as they beat Southend at the Memorial Stadium.
Rovers were ahead inside a minute as Bodin cut in from the right and buried a trademark left-footed shot into the opposite corner of the net.
It was 2-0 on 31 minutes with a similar goal. This time it was Gaffney who took aim from the right corner of the box and found the net via the inside of the far post with his right foot.
Southend boss Phil Brown reacted with a double substitution on 37 minutes, sending on Nile Ranger and Stephen McLaughlin for Marc-Antoine Fortune and Will Atkinson.
Rovers could have been out of sight by the break as Southend goalkeeper Ted Smith made several fine saves.
Southend dominated possession after the interval, but came up against a resolute Rovers defence. The nearest they came to pulling one back was a 56th minute free-kick from Simon Cox, well saved by Joe Lumley.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 2LeadbitterSubstituted forJ Clarkeat 76'minutes
- 7MansellBooked at 58mins
- 21MontañoSubstituted forMooreat 66'minutes
- 30GaffneySubstituted forClarke-Salterat 89'minutes
- 15J Clarke
- 35FerdinandBooked at 90mins
- 12AtkinsonBooked at 22minsSubstituted forMcLaughlinat 38'minutes
- 8TimlinSubstituted forRobinsonat 67'minutes
- 18LeonardBooked at 31mins
- 10CoxBooked at 73mins
- 14FortunéSubstituted forRangerat 37'minutes
- Trevor Kettle
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Southend United 0.
Attempt blocked. Ryan Leonard (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Simon Cox (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jake Clarke-Salter (Bristol Rovers).
Jason Demetriou (Southend United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Jason Demetriou (Southend United).
Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Nile Ranger (Southend United).
Jake Clarke-Salter (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Jake Clarke-Salter replaces Rory Gaffney.
Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Anton Ferdinand.
Nile Ranger (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by James Clarke (Bristol Rovers).
Attempt saved. Theo Robinson (Southend United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Attempt missed. Anthony Wordsworth (Southend United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.
Foul by Theo Robinson (Southend United).
Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Corner, Southend United. Conceded by James Clarke.
Substitution, Bristol Rovers. James Clarke replaces Daniel Leadbitter.