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Southend United 2-0 Bradford City

Second-half headers from Tom Hopper and Simon Cox handed Southend a 2-0 win over Bradford at Roots Hall.

The two strikers netted in quick succession to hand the Shrimpers their first victory of the season.

It could have been more for Chris Powell's side, who should have triumphed by a far greater margin following a number of missed chances.

The hosts dominated the majority of the first half with Stephen McLaughlin, Michael Kightly and Jason Demetriou all going close to opening the scoring.

At the start of the second half, John White saw his close range volley tipped onto the crossbar by Bradford goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell, but Powell did not have to wait much longer before the deadlock was finally broken.

It came in the 52nd minute, when Kightly's pin-point cross from the left was met by Hopper and the striker planted a firm header into the left hand side of the net for his second of the season.

Four minutes later, the Shrimpers doubled their lead when Kightly teed up Ben Coker and his cross was nodded into the back of the net by Cox.

The forward should then have added a third but his chipped shot bounced back off the crossbar, but the Shrimpers were comfortably placed to pick up their first win of the league campaign.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Southend

  • 1Oxley
  • 24Demetriou
  • 48White
  • 6Turner
  • 3Coker
  • 11McLaughlin
  • 8DiengBooked at 36mins
  • 18Mantom
  • 7KightlySubstituted forHendrieat 90'minutes
  • 10CoxSubstituted forRobinsonat 76'minutes
  • 9HopperSubstituted forKlassat 90+3'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Bwomono
  • 13Bishop
  • 20Klass
  • 27Kyprianou
  • 28McCoulsky
  • 31Robinson
  • 32Hendrie

Bradford

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 3Chicksen
  • 4McGowan
  • 6O'ConnorBooked at 85mins
  • 2RileySubstituted forMellorat 45'minutes
  • 21AkpanSubstituted forMillerat 63'minutes
  • 44Wright
  • 36Colville
  • 10PayneSubstituted forGibsonat 57'minutes
  • 7Scannell
  • 9Doyle

Substitutes

  • 12Miller
  • 13Wilson
  • 15Mellor
  • 22Knight-Percival
  • 23Wood
  • 26Hudson
  • 27Gibson
Referee:
Tom Nield
Attendance:
6,295

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthendAway TeamBradford
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home21
Away5
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Southend United 2, Bradford City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Southend United 2, Bradford City 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Michael Klass replaces Tom Hopper.

Attempt saved. Theo Robinson (Southend United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Theo Robinson (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Stephen Hendrie replaces Michael Kightly.

Stephen McLaughlin (Southend United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Sean Scannell (Bradford City).

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Sam Mantom.

Attempt blocked. Luca Colville (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Anthony O'Connor (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Tom Hopper (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anthony O'Connor (Bradford City).

Foul by Tom Hopper (Southend United).

Ryan McGowan (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Coker (Southend United).

Sean Scannell (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Stephen McLaughlin (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Adam Chicksen.

Attempt missed. Michael Kightly (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Theo Robinson replaces Simon Cox.

Attempt missed. Stephen McLaughlin (Southend United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Tom Hopper (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kelvin Mellor (Bradford City).

Attempt saved. Luca Colville (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Simon Cox (Southend United) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Sean Scannell.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. George Miller replaces Hope Akpan.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Jason Demetriou.

Foul by Sam Mantom (Southend United).

Josh Wright (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Simon Cox (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Jordan Gibson replaces Jack Payne.

Goal!

Goal! Southend United 2, Bradford City 0. Simon Cox (Southend United) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ben Coker.

Ben Coker (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Eoin Doyle (Bradford City).

Goal!

Goal! Southend United 1, Bradford City 0. Tom Hopper (Southend United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Michael Kightly.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Anthony O'Connor.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Richard O'Donnell.

Attempt saved. John White (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Peterborough33009369
2Portsmouth33007259
3Barnsley32106067
4Walsall32105327
5Doncaster32016336
6Gillingham32016336
7Wimbledon31201015
8Southend31115414
9Fleetwood31114314
10Scunthorpe21103214
11Sunderland21103214
12Charlton31114404
13Coventry31112204
14Accrington311134-14
15Rochdale311157-24
16Bristol Rovers310245-13
17Burton310235-23
18Bradford310214-33
19Blackpool302112-12
20Plymouth301224-21
21Shrewsbury301213-21
22Luton301225-31
23Wycombe301215-41
24Oxford Utd3003110-90
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