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Bristol Rovers 3-0 Southend United

Billy Bodin netted his 10th goal of the season to set Bristol Rovers on course for victory over Southend at the Memorial Stadium.

The home side went ahead after 15 minutes when Bodin tricked his way past Stephen Hendrie inside the box and buried a left-footed volley from close range.

Ellis Harrison made sure of the points with a low 74th-minute finish from the edge of the box after Bodin had set him up.

And Liam Sercombe put the icing on the cake four minutes from time, shooting home after Rory Gaffney's drive had been parried by Southend

Southend goalkeeper Mark Oxley made fine saves to deny Bodin, Harrison, Lee Brown and Tom Lockyer as his side were outplayed for long periods.

But the visitors had first-half chances, with Josh Wright firing wide from inside the penalty area and substitute Jermaine McGlashan failing to make contact with a Ryan Leonard cross with the goal at his mercy.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 21Smith
  • 2Leadbitter
  • 4Lockyer
  • 6Sweeney
  • 3Brown
  • 7Sercombe
  • 22PartingtonSubstituted forLinesat 90+1'minutes
  • 24Sinclair
  • 10BodinSubstituted forO Clarkeat 87'minutes
  • 30Gaffney
  • 9HarrisonSubstituted forNicholsat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Slocombe
  • 8O Clarke
  • 11Nichols
  • 14Lines
  • 16Broadbent
  • 18Telford
  • 20Bola

Southend

  • 1Oxley
  • 24Demetriou
  • 6TurnerBooked at 44mins
  • 5Ferdinand
  • 2HendrieBooked at 61mins
  • 44WrightSubstituted forBaat 73'minutes
  • 18Leonard
  • 4Wordsworth
  • 11McLaughlinSubstituted forMcGlashanat 13'minutes
  • 9FortunéSubstituted forRangerat 59'minutes
  • 10Cox

Substitutes

  • 8Timlin
  • 12Ba
  • 13Bishop
  • 16Yearwood
  • 17McGlashan
  • 48White
  • 50Ranger
Referee:
Tom Nield
Attendance:
8,062

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamSouthend
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home23
Away3
Shots on Target
Home11
Away0
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 3, Southend United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 3, Southend United 0.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Stuart Sinclair.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Chris Lines replaces Joe Partington.

Daniel Leadbitter (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Simon Cox (Southend United).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Tom Nichols replaces Ellis Harrison.

Foul by Rory Gaffney (Bristol Rovers).

Jason Demetriou (Southend United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jason Demetriou (Southend United).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ollie Clarke replaces Billy Bodin.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 3, Southend United 0. Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Mark Oxley.

Attempt saved. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Attempt missed. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Daniel Leadbitter (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Nile Ranger (Southend United).

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

Jason Demetriou (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Leonard (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Rory Gaffney (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 2, Southend United 0. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Billy Bodin.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Amadou Ba replaces Josh Wright.

Attempt missed. Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from long range on the right is too high.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Mark Oxley.

Attempt saved. Rory Gaffney (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Josh Wright.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Nile Ranger.

Attempt blocked. Joe Partington (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Anton Ferdinand.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Jermaine McGlashan.

Attempt missed. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Leonard (Southend United).

Substitution

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

goal

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