A stunning long-range strike from Calvin Zola gave Burton their first win of the season as they beat Southend.

Zola grabbed his third goal of the campaign when he collected a pass from John McGrath and unleashed a 25-yard shot that went into the top corner.

Southend's Neil Harris had a close-range header blocked by Ross Atkins, who also saved Ryan Hall's 30-yarder.

Burton nearly doubled their advantage late on but Justin Richards failed to beat Glenn Morris when one-on-one.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Southend United manager Paul Sturrock told BBC Essex:

"In the first-half I got the system wrong, as soon as we changed to 4-3-3 we started to dictate the game in large spells.

"They (the fans) come and pay their money, they did the booing at the right time, at the end of the game to vent their frustrations.

"I'm as frustrated as anyone because I see a good team out there.

"In the last two or three games, and near enough all season, the chances we missed killed us."

Burton Albion manager Paul Peschisolido told BBC Radio Derby:

"We knew we were going to have to come here and ride a storm at stages, but I think we were quite comfortable in the first half.

"We had the better possession but we really were tired and we had to work hard defensively.

"When we lost the ball, we hunted it in packs. I thought [Adam] Bolder and [John] McGrath were immense and, although we didn't show much flare going forward, defensively we did a job.

"I think if you're going to win games away from home, you're going to have to sacrifice a bit of your attacking flare and make sure you're solid at the back. That's what we did and that's why I was delighted with the all-round performance today - I thought it was excellent."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Southend

  • 01 Morris
  • 02 Clohessy
  • 03 Gilbert (Coughlan - 88' )
  • 06 Bilel
  • 23 Barker
  • 04 Hall
  • 07 Grant
  • 12 Ferdinand (Johnson - 77' )
  • 19 Kalala Booked (Sawyer - 69' )
  • 09 Harris
  • 22 Dickinson

Substitutes

  • 17 Bentley
  • 05 Coughlan
  • 11 Sawyer
  • 14 Johnson
  • 20 Crawford

Burton Albion

  • 23 Atkins Booked
  • 03 Webster
  • 05 James
  • 08 Corbett
  • 15 Austin
  • 06 McGrath
  • 11 Palmer (Blanchett - 65' Booked )
  • 19 Maghoma Booked
  • 26 Bolder Booked
  • 09 Richards
  • 10 Zola (Moore - 89' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Poole
  • 07 Moore
  • 20 Blanchett
  • 17 Phillips
  • 22 Dyer
Ref: Tierney
Att: 4,794

Match Stats

Shots

15 4

On target

4 3

Corners

12 8

Fouls

9 14

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:47 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +3:05 Booking

Booking Ross Atkins is booked.

90:00 +1:36

Bilel Mohsni gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aaron Webster. Free kick taken by Ryan Austin.

89:20

Adam Bolder is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Hall.

88:12 Substitution

Substitution Darren Moore replaces Calvin Zola.

88:12

Corner from left by-line taken by Ryan Hall.

87:47 Booking

Booking Adam Bolder shown a yellow card.

87:01 Substitution

Substitution Peter Gilbert goes off and Graham Coughlan comes on.

87:01

Danny Blanchett takes a inswinging corner to the near post.

86:00

Short corner taken by Danny Blanchett.

85:24

Jacques Maghoma takes a shot. Save by Glenn Morris.

84:41

Ryan Hall takes a short corner.

84:17

Ryan Hall takes a shot. Ross Atkins makes a save.

82:58

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jacques Maghoma by Lee Sawyer. Direct free kick taken by John McGrath.

82:23 Booking

Booking Danny Blanchett receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

82:04

Foul by Danny Blanchett on Sean Clohessy, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Bilel Mohsni.

80:19

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Dickinson by Ryan Austin. Ryan Hall takes the free kick.

79:11

Corner taken short by Danny Blanchett.

76:20 Substitution

Substitution (Southend) makes a substitution, with Jemal Johnson coming on for Kane Ferdinand.

75:49 Booking

Booking The referee shows Jacques Maghoma a yellow card.

75:22

Unfair challenge on Peter Gilbert by Jacques Maghoma results in a free kick. Ryan Hall takes the free kick.

73:44

John McGrath is penalised for a handball. Bilel Mohsni takes the free kick.

70:15

Neil Harris challenges John McGrath unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tony James takes the free kick.

68:36

Handball decision goes against Anthony Grant. Tony James takes the free kick.

68:36 Substitution

Substitution Lee Sawyer replaces JP Kalala.

67:45

The ball is sent over by Sean Clohessy, clearance made by Andrew Corbett.

66:03

Kane Ferdinand has a headed effort at goal from just inside the area that misses to the right of the target.

65:30

Unfair challenge on Peter Gilbert by Jacques Maghoma results in a free kick. Ryan Hall takes the direct free kick.

64:14 Substitution

Substitution Danny Blanchett on for Chris Palmer.

62:21

The assistant referee flags for offside against Liam Dickinson. Ross Atkins restarts play with the free kick.

61:31

Bilel Mohsni takes a shot. Save by Ross Atkins.

61:05

Adam Bolder concedes a free kick for a foul on Anthony Grant. Peter Gilbert takes the free kick.

60:20

Calvin Zola challenges JP Kalala unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Hall restarts play with the free kick.

59:42

Outswinging corner taken by Ryan Hall.

59:02

Corner from left by-line taken by Ryan Hall.

56:10

Corner taken by Ryan Hall from the left by-line, Bilel Mohsni has a headed effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.

56:02

The ball is delivered by Sean Clohessy, Tony James manages to make a clearance.

54:16

Foul by Sean Clohessy on Chris Palmer, free kick awarded. Chris Palmer restarts play with the free kick.

53:19

Corner from the left by-line taken by Ryan Hall, Liam Dickinson produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

53:10

Kane Ferdinand delivers the ball, Andrew Corbett manages to make a clearance.

51:58

Neil Harris delivers the ball, Andrew Corbett manages to make a clearance.

51:14

Ryan Austin challenges Liam Dickinson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Hall takes the direct free kick.

49:58

Neil Harris takes a shot. Ross Atkins makes a save.

49:34

Chris Barker fouled by Calvin Zola, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Bilel Mohsni.

45:43

Outswinging corner taken by Ryan Hall from the left by-line, Kane Ferdinand takes a shot. Save by Ross Atkins.

45:20

Outswinging corner taken by Ryan Hall from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Calvin Zola.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +1:13 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

43:43

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sean Clohessy by Aaron Webster. Ryan Hall restarts play with the free kick.

42:21

The official flags Liam Dickinson offside. Ross Atkins takes the direct free kick.

40:55

Justin Richards produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

40:25

The official flags Neil Harris offside. Direct free kick taken by Tony James.

39:09

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Chris Palmer.

38:30

Corner taken by Chris Palmer played to the near post.

37:58

Chris Palmer takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Neil Harris.

36:51

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Glenn Morris by Justin Richards. Glenn Morris restarts play with the free kick.

36:23

Bilel Mohsni concedes a free kick for a foul on Calvin Zola. John McGrath takes the free kick.

35:43

JP Kalala produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty area and misses left.

29:07

Chris Palmer provided the assist for the goal.

29:07 Goal scored

Goal! - Calvin Zola - Southend 0 - 1 Burton Calvin Zola fires in a goal from long distance to the top right corner of the goal. Southend 0-1 Burton Albion.

27:52

Corner taken by Ryan Hall from the right by-line played to the near post, Close range header by Kane Ferdinand goes over the bar.

22:12

Ryan Hall has an effort direct from the free kick.

22:12 Booking

Booking JP Kalala is cautioned.

21:56

Tony James concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Dickinson.

20:09

The official flags Justin Richards offside. Chris Barker restarts play with the free kick.

19:22

Shot by Bilel Mohsni from inside the six-yard box clear the bar.

18:20

Ryan Hall takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Calvin Zola makes a clearance.

16:59

Unfair challenge on Ryan Austin by Liam Dickinson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Ross Atkins.

16:27

Calvin Zola concedes a free kick for a foul on JP Kalala. Free kick taken by Ryan Hall.

15:38

Liam Dickinson takes a shot.

14:54

The ball is crossed by Chris Palmer.

13:34

Anthony Grant has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses left.

13:09

Ryan Austin takes a shot. Save by Glenn Morris.

12:15

Foul by Peter Gilbert on Calvin Zola, free kick awarded. Chris Palmer restarts play with the free kick.

8:38

Corner taken left-footed by Ryan Hall from the left by-line, Shot from inside the area by Bilel Mohsni clears the bar.

7:58

The referee gives a free kick against Tony James for handball. Ryan Hall takes the direct free kick.

6:41

Tony James challenges Neil Harris unfairly and gives away a free kick. JP Kalala restarts play with the free kick.

3:21

The ball is crossed by Ryan Hall, Header on goal by Liam Dickinson from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

2:21

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Chris Palmer played to the near post, Calvin Zola gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Glenn Morris. Glenn Morris takes the direct free kick.

1:38

Chris Palmer takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, JP Kalala manages to make a clearance.

1:13

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Calvin Zola by Bilel Mohsni. Chris Palmer takes the free kick.

0:18

Foul by Neil Harris on Andrew Corbett, free kick awarded. Andrew Corbett takes the free kick.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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