Match ends, Shrewsbury Town 1, Southend United 0.
Shrewsbury moved three points clear at the top of League One with victory over Southend.
Jon Nolan's goal midway through the first half means Paul Hurst's side have now won six and drawn one of seven league games this season.
Shrewsbury started well and the prolific Stefan Payne twice went close in the early stages. A header from Shaun Whalley's free-kick was well saved by goalkeeper Mark Oxley before the powerful striker ran from the halfway line and fired the ball against the far post.
Southend, without a win since beating Blackburn on the opening day of the season, responded with a long-range shot from Stephen McLaughlin which was kept out by Dean Henderson before Jason Demetriou's 25 yard free-kick drifted just wide.
The breakthrough Shrewsbury wanted arrived in the 23rd minute as midfielder Nolan burst into the box and linked well with Payne before firing in his first goal for the club since a summer move from Chesterfield.
Southend pushed forward in search of an equaliser in the second half, with Michael Timlin and Ryan Leonard both just off target from close range.
The visitors were then denied a late leveller when sub Simon Cox's header was brilliantly kept out by Henderson at full stretch as Shrewsbury's impressive start continued.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 12BrownBooked at 58mins
- 7WhalleyBooked at 90mins
- 20NolanSubstituted forDoddsat 82'minutes
- 23RodmanBooked at 14mins
- 45PayneSubstituted forJohn-Lewisat 45'minutes
- 5FerdinandBooked at 63mins
- 18LeonardBooked at 77mins
- 16YearwoodSubstituted forCoxat 79'minutes
- 17McGlashanSubstituted forRobinsonat 70'minutes
- 11McLaughlinSubstituted forBridgeat 85'minutes
- Ross Joyce
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 1, Southend United 0.
Shaun Whalley (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Shaun Whalley (Shrewsbury Town).
Jack Bridge (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Anton Ferdinand.
Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Jason Demetriou.
Aristote Nsiala (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jack Bridge (Southend United).
Attempt blocked. Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt missed. Theo Robinson (Southend United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right.
Substitution, Southend United. Jack Bridge replaces Michael Timlin.
Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Louis Dodds replaces Jon Nolan.
Abu Ogogo (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Michael Timlin (Southend United).
Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Dean Henderson.
Attempt saved. Simon Cox (Southend United) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the top right corner.
Foul by Joe Riley (Shrewsbury Town).
Stephen McLaughlin (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Southend United. Simon Cox replaces Dru Yearwood.