Match ends, Coventry City 1, Southend United 0.
Jordy Hiwula's second-half strike gave Coventry their first back-to-back League One wins since October as they beat Southend to end the year on a high.
The Sky Blues upped the intensity in the second period and were rewarded for their efforts as Hiwula grabbed his fifth goal of the season.
Coventry had a penalty appeal waved away by referee Kevin Johnson six minutes in as Conor Chaplin's strike looked to have hit the hand of Southend full-back Elvis Bwomono.
Brave defending from Jordan Willis prevented John White from giving Southend the lead 20 minutes in, as the Sky Blues defender did enough to ensure White could not get his header on target.
A well-worked free-kick routine found Chaplin unmarked at the back post, but the striker sent his volley into the stands.
Coventry started the second half brilliantly and their patient build-up play sliced open the Southend defence as Tom Bayliss slipped Hiwula through on goal and the forward made no mistake as he calmly slotted past Nathan Bishop.
Match report supplied by the Press Association
- 3MasonSubstituted forMcCallumat 82'minutes
- 26ShipleySubstituted forClarke-Harrisat 62'minutes
- 25WestbrookeSubstituted forDoyleat 82'minutes
- 10ChaplinBooked at 90mins
- 32HendrieSubstituted forBunnat 83'minutes
- 16YearwoodSubstituted forHutchinsonat 73'minutes
- 8DiengBooked at 50mins
- 7KightlyBooked at 48minsSubstituted forMcLaughlinat 73'minutesBooked at 90mins
- Kevin Johnson
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Coventry City 1, Southend United 0.
Attempt saved. Harry Bunn (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Conor Chaplin (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card.
Stephen McLaughlin (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.
Tom Bayliss (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Stephen McLaughlin (Southend United).
(Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Theo Robinson (Southend United).
Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Dujon Sterling.
Attempt blocked. Stephen McLaughlin (Southend United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked.
Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Liam Kelly.
Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Tom Bayliss.
Foul by Jonson Clarke-Harris (Coventry City).
Elvis Bwomono (Southend United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Elvis Bwomono.
Foul by Liam Kelly (Coventry City).
Sam Mantom (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Delay in match Liam Kelly (Coventry City) because of an injury.
Substitution, Southend United. Harry Bunn replaces Stephen Hendrie.