Match ends, Southend United 0, Gillingham 1.
Connor Ogilvie's second-half header saw in-form Gillingham win 1-0 at relegation-doomed Southend.
Ogilvie nodded home the only goal of the game to extend the Gills' unbeaten record to 14 League One games and take them four points off the play-off places.
Neither side threatened during an uneventful first half during which Shrimpers winger Stephen McLaughlin fired two long-range free-kicks at goal.
But Gillingham stepped things up in the second half and came close to taking the lead when Ogilvie headed Tom O'Connor's right-wing corner wide of the right post.
In reply, Gills goalkeeper Jack Bonham did well to deny Charlie Kelman before the visitors bagged their winner in the 67th minute when Ogilvie climbed above Southend's debutant keeper Harry Seaden to head home Jordan Graham's right-wing cross.
Southend wasted a clear cut chance to equalise late on with substitute Matt Rush firing wide of the left post and they remain second from bottom in the table, 14 points from safety.
Match report supplied by PA Media.
- 47Mitchell-NelsonBooked at 74mins
- 27KyprianouSubstituted forShaughnessyat 75'minutes
- 34EgbriSubstituted forRushat 85'minutes
- 23KelmanBooked at 90mins
- 5EhmerBooked at 72mins
- 27TuckerBooked at 30mins
- 8WillockSubstituted forLeeat 63'minutes
- 10RobertsSubstituted forCharles-Cookat 90+4'minutes
- 9MandronSubstituted forGrahamat 45'minutes
- Trevor Kettle
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Southend United 0, Gillingham 1.
Substitution, Gillingham. Regan Charles-Cook replaces Jordan Roberts.
Charlie Kelman (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Matt Rush (Southend United).
Max Ehmer (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Matt Rush (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Sam Mantom.
Offside, Gillingham. Olly Lee tries a through ball, but Brandon Hanlan is caught offside.
Foul by Tom Clifford (Southend United).
Brandon Hanlan (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Substitution, Southend United. Matt Rush replaces Terrell Egbri.
Foul by Sam Mantom (Southend United).
Jordan Graham (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Elvis Bwomono (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jordan Roberts (Gillingham).
Substitution, Southend United. Joe Shaughnessy replaces Harry Kyprianou.
Attempt missed. Jordan Roberts (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jordan Graham with a cross following a set piece situation.
Miles Mitchell-Nelson (Southend United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Miles Mitchell-Nelson (Southend United).
Brandon Hanlan (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.