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Southend United 1-2 Bristol Rovers

Bristol Rovers moved out of the League One relegation zone with victory win at Southend.

The Pirates dominated the first half at Roots Hall and handed boss Graham Coughlan a winning return to the Shrimpers, where he had formerly been a player and assistant coach.

The visitors came close to taking the lead after just minutes when Southend goalkeeper Nathan Bishop denied Ollie Clarke and Gavin Reilly with a stunning double save.

But, in the 20th minute, Rovers broke the deadlock with Liam Sercombe firing home after Tom Nichols had beaten Bishop to the ball.

Rovers doubled their lead in the 32nd minute with Reilly rolling home a controlled left-footed shot after being sent clean through on goal by Nichols.

Southend got back into the game in the 39th minute with Simon Cox tapping home after Pirates goalkeeper Jack Bonham had parried out a long-range shot from Dru Yearwood.

But Rovers stood firm in the second half and came close to making it 3-1 when Reilly slammed a well-struck shot against the crossbar.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Southend

  • 13Bishop
  • 6TurnerBooked at 34minsSubstituted forKightlyat 45'minutes
  • 48White
  • 23Moore
  • 2Bwomono
  • 18Mantom
  • 16YearwoodBooked at 62mins
  • 8DiengSubstituted forMcLaughlinat 45'minutes
  • 42HartBooked at 58minsSubstituted forKelmanat 82'minutes
  • 10Cox
  • 39Humphrys

Substitutes

  • 7Kightly
  • 11McLaughlin
  • 20Klass
  • 22Smith
  • 29Wabo
  • 34Kelman
  • 36Hutchinson

Bristol Rovers

  • 13Bonham
  • 22PartingtonBooked at 85mins
  • 5Craig
  • 4Lockyer
  • 3Holmes-Dennis
  • 33Rodman
  • 25Ogogo
  • 8O ClarkeBooked at 74mins
  • 7SercombeSubstituted forJ Clarkeat 90+2'minutes
  • 20ReillySubstituted forClarke-Harrisat 59'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 10NicholsBooked at 45minsSubstituted forJakubiakat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Upson
  • 14Lines
  • 15J Clarke
  • 17Jakubiak
  • 18Osho
  • 19Clarke-Harris
  • 21Smith
Referee:
Ollie Yates
Attendance:
5,982

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthendAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home5
Away16
Shots on Target
Home3
Away8
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Southend United 1, Bristol Rovers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Southend United 1, Bristol Rovers 2.

Attempt missed. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Dru Yearwood (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jonson Clarke-Harris (Bristol Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. James Clarke replaces Liam Sercombe.

Booking

Jonson Clarke-Harris (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Stephen McLaughlin (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alex Rodman (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt saved. Tareiq Holmes-Dennis (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

Joe Partington (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt saved. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Charlie Kelman replaces Sam Hart.

Dru Yearwood (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonson Clarke-Harris (Bristol Rovers).

Delay in match (Southend United).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Alex Jakubiak replaces Tom Nichols.

Booking

Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Michael Kightly (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt saved. Stephen McLaughlin (Southend United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Elvis Bwomono.

Foul by Taylor Moore (Southend United).

Jonson Clarke-Harris (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Sam Hart.

Attempt missed. Tony Craig (Bristol Rovers) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by John White.

Booking

Dru Yearwood (Southend United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Dru Yearwood (Southend United).

Alex Rodman (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Jonson Clarke-Harris replaces Gavin Reilly.

Attempt missed. Tareiq Holmes-Dennis (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from long range on the right is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

Booking

Sam Hart (Southend United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Sam Hart (Southend United).

Alex Rodman (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Tareiq Holmes-Dennis.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Ollie Clarke.

Attempt missed. Tom Nichols (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Gavin Reilly (Bristol Rovers) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the left side of the box.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton31198461273465
2Barnsley30178553262759
3Portsmouth30177650311958
4Sunderland281511249262356
5Charlton31166947321554
6Peterborough31131084941849
7Doncaster29138852381447
8Blackpool29111083127443
9Wycombe311110104142-143
10Fleetwood31119114234842
11Coventry31117133237-540
12Southend30122163937238
13Burton30108123939038
14Scunthorpe31107143856-1837
15Accrington2899102736-936
16Plymouth31106153952-1336
17Walsall3098133447-1335
18Rochdale3197153862-2434
19Gillingham3096154049-933
20Bristol Rovers3088142933-432
21Oxford Utd30711123746-932
22Bradford3195173651-1532
23Shrewsbury30710133242-1031
24Wimbledon3065192246-2423
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