Goals from Liam Dickinson and Peter Gilbert moved Southend into the play-off places as Plymouth suffered their eighth successive league defeat.

Dickinson put the Shrimpers ahead when he converted a penalty after Durrell Berry had fouled Michael Timlin.

Things then got worse for the Pilgrims as captain Carl Fletcher was shown a straight red card for grabbing Timlin.

Gilbert scored against his former side, his first goal since October 2003, with a close-range header to seal the win.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Southend United manager Paul Sturrock told BBC Essex:

"The first half wasn't pleasing, it wasn't the standards we were wanting to achieve.

"The second half, after a blast, we came out and showed enthusiasm.

"We were a lot better, we got ourselves in the right areas and created a load of chances."

Plymouth manager Peter Reid told BBC Radio Devon:

"When they got the penalty we always knew it was going to be difficult.

"As much as we huffed and puffed it wasn't to be today.

"You have to have a desire to get into those positions and score goals and we didn't."

Lineup, Bookings (8) & Substitutions (5)

Southend United

  • 01 Morris
  • 02 Clohessy
  • 03 Gilbert
  • 15 Phillips
  • 23 Barker Booked
  • 04 Hall Booked
  • 07 Grant Booked
  • 08 Timlin
  • 12 Ferdinand (Leonard - 59' )
  • 21 Sturrock (Harris - 54' )
  • 22 Dickinson

Substitutes

  • 17 Bentley
  • 16 Prosser
  • 18 Leonard
  • 14 Johnson
  • 09 Harris

Plymouth Argyle

  • 23 Cole
  • 02 Berry
  • 05 King Booked
  • 06 Nelson
  • 19 Gibson
  • 04 Fletcher Dismissed
  • 07 Daley (Hitchcock - 84' )
  • 13 Soukouna Booked (Walton - 73' )
  • 20 Hourihane Booked
  • 21 Atkinson Booked
  • 22 Griffiths (Lecointe - 60' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Larrieu
  • 03 Williams
  • 08 Walton
  • 10 Hitchcock
  • 27 Lecointe
Ref: Naylor
Att: 4,984

Match Stats

Shots

12 4

On target

6 2

Corners

8 3

Fouls

16 24

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:29 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +1:58

The ball is swung over by Curtis Nelson, Mark Phillips makes a clearance.

90:00 +1:22

Curtis Nelson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Anthony Grant. Free kick taken by Michael Timlin.

90:00 +1:10

Sean Clohessy produces a cross, Matt Lecointe manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +0:01

The referee blows for offside against Matt Lecointe. Glenn Morris takes the indirect free kick.

89:32

The ball is swung over by Simon Walton, save by Glenn Morris.

89:03

Simon King fouled by Neil Harris, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Conor Hourihane.

88:26

Neil Harris is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jake Cole restarts play with the free kick.

87:47

The ball is sent over by Sean Clohessy, Curtis Nelson makes a clearance.

87:25

Conor Hourihane gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Hall. Free kick taken by Neil Harris.

85:42

Foul by Tom Hitchcock on Mark Phillips, free kick awarded. Glenn Morris restarts play with the free kick.

84:48

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

83:49 Substitution

Substitution Tom Hitchcock on for Luke Daley.

82:58

The ball is sent over by Michael Timlin, Neil Harris takes a shot. Save made by Jake Cole.

81:49

Matt Lecointe is caught offside. Free kick taken by Glenn Morris.

81:13

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Conor Hourihane.

80:47

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Simon Walton by Neil Harris. Free kick crossed by Conor Hourihane, Ryan Leonard makes a clearance.

79:36 Goal scored

Goal! - Peter Gilbert - Southend 2 - 0 Plymouth Peter Gilbert finds the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Southend 2-0 Plymouth.

79:18

Corner taken by Ryan Hall,

78:26

Inswinging corner taken by Ryan Hall from the right by-line, Liam Dickinson takes a shot.

76:54

Unfair challenge on Neil Harris by Curtis Nelson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Neil Harris.

75:28

Ryan Hall has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.

74:55

Ryan Leonard gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Will Atkinson. Jake Cole takes the indirect free kick.

74:30

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Anthony Grant by Simon Walton. Chris Barker restarts play with the free kick.

72:25 Substitution

Substitution Simon Walton joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ladjie Soukouna.

72:25

The referee blows for offside against Liam Dickinson. Indirect free kick taken by Jake Cole.

71:42

Ryan Hall fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

71:42 Booking

Booking Conor Hourihane goes into the book.

71:21

Conor Hourihane challenges Ryan Hall unfairly and gives away a free kick.

71:03

Headed cross/shot by Anthony Grant, save by Jake Cole.

70:48

Corner taken short by Ryan Hall.

70:14

Corner taken left-footed by Ryan Hall from the right by-line to the near post, Luke Daley manages to make a clearance.

69:47

Outswinging corner taken by Ryan Hall.

69:22

Luke Daley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Hall. Free kick taken by Michael Timlin.

67:37 Booking

Booking Will Atkinson is cautioned by the ref for dissent.

67:33 Booking

Booking Booking for Chris Barker for unsporting behaviour.

67:26 Dismissal

Dismissal Carl Fletcher is shown a red card for violent conduct.

66:19

Conor Hourihane restarts play with the free kick.

66:19

Conor Hourihane restarts play with the free kick.

66:19 Booking

Booking The referee books Anthony Grant for unsporting behaviour.

65:17

Unfair challenge on Conor Hourihane by Anthony Grant results in a free kick.

63:02 Goal scored

Goal! - Liam Dickinson - Southend 1 - 0 Plymouth Penalty taken right-footed by Liam Dickinson and scored. Southend 1-0 Plymouth.

62:20 Booking

Booking Booking for Ladjie Soukouna for unsporting behaviour.

61:11

Jake Cole restarts play with the free kick. Michael Timlin fouled by Durrell Berry, the ref awards a Penalty.

58:49 Substitution

Substitution Matt Lecointe joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jamie Griffiths.

58:49

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Curtis Nelson by Liam Dickinson. Indirect free kick taken by Jake Cole.

57:53 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Leonard comes on in place of Kane Ferdinand.

57:53

Unfair challenge on Anthony Grant by Ladjie Soukouna results in a free kick. Glenn Morris restarts play with the free kick.

56:41

Foul by Liam Dickinson on Durrell Berry, free kick awarded. Jake Cole restarts play with the free kick.

56:34

Centre by Sean Clohessy, clearance by Carl Fletcher.

55:57

Kane Ferdinand fouled by Ben Gibson, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Michael Timlin.

54:36

Michael Timlin produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.

53:44 Substitution

Substitution Blair Sturrock goes off and Neil Harris comes on.

53:44

Luke Daley is ruled offside. Chris Barker takes the indirect free kick.

53:13

Chris Barker restarts play with the free kick.

53:13 Booking

Booking Simon King receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

52:45

Unfair challenge on Ryan Hall by Simon King results in a free kick.

51:11

Unfair challenge on Kane Ferdinand by Jamie Griffiths results in a free kick. Ryan Hall restarts play with the free kick. The ball is delivered by Sean Clohessy, Carl Fletcher manages to make a clearance.

50:18

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ryan Hall.

49:08

Blair Sturrock concedes a free kick for a foul on Curtis Nelson. Jake Cole takes the indirect free kick.

48:13

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Curtis Nelson by Liam Dickinson. Jake Cole restarts play with the free kick.

46:09

The referee blows for offside. Carl Fletcher restarts play with the free kick.

45:11

Curtis Nelson challenges Liam Dickinson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Hall delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save made by Jake Cole.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +2:12 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

44:43

Kane Ferdinand gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carl Fletcher. Indirect free kick taken by Jake Cole.

42:59

Ryan Hall takes the inswinging corner, Simon King manages to make a clearance.

42:32

Foul by Simon King on Blair Sturrock, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Sean Clohessy.

41:34

Liam Dickinson has a drilled shot. Blocked by Durrell Berry.

40:47

Unfair challenge on Durrell Berry by Michael Timlin results in a free kick. Carl Fletcher takes the indirect free kick.

40:11

The ball is sent over by Will Atkinson.

38:51

Foul by Ladjie Soukouna on Anthony Grant, free kick awarded. Chris Barker takes the free kick.

37:00

Sean Clohessy crosses the ball.

36:52

Michael Timlin crosses the ball, Simon King makes a clearance.

36:28

Kane Ferdinand fouled by Durrell Berry, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Glenn Morris.

34:50

A cross is delivered by Sean Clohessy, Carl Fletcher manages to make a clearance.

31:55

Liam Dickinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Simon King. Indirect free kick taken by Conor Hourihane.

31:41 Booking

Booking Caution for Ryan Hall.

31:00

Ryan Hall gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luke Daley. Curtis Nelson takes the free kick.

27:47

Foul by Jamie Griffiths on Chris Barker, free kick awarded. Ryan Hall restarts play with the free kick.

27:07

Ben Gibson concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Dickinson. Free kick crossed left-footed by Ryan Hall from right wing, Will Atkinson manages to make a clearance.

25:33

Jamie Griffiths has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.

24:44

Anthony Grant fouled by Ladjie Soukouna, the ref awards a free kick. Anthony Grant restarts play with the free kick.

23:57

The ball is delivered by Peter Gilbert.

22:04

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Dickinson by Curtis Nelson. Free kick taken by Ryan Hall.

21:21

Ladjie Soukouna takes a shot. Save by Glenn Morris.

20:50

Blair Sturrock produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.

20:04

Kane Ferdinand fouled by Carl Fletcher, the ref awards a free kick. Ryan Hall shoots direct from the free kick, blocked by Simon King.

17:09

A cross is delivered by Michael Timlin, Ben Gibson makes a clearance.

16:05

Unfair challenge on Simon King by Liam Dickinson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jake Cole.

15:24

The ball is sent over by Durrell Berry, Glenn Morris makes a save.

14:42

Unfair challenge on Ladjie Soukouna by Anthony Grant results in a free kick. Conor Hourihane takes the free kick.

12:44

A cross is delivered by Ryan Hall, clearance by Ladjie Soukouna.

12:28

The referee blows for offside. Glenn Morris takes the indirect free kick.

11:44

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Conor Hourihane from the left by-line, Carl Fletcher produces a volleyed left-footed shot from 6 yards. Blocked by Liam Dickinson.

11:16

Anthony Grant challenges Carl Fletcher unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Conor Hourihane.

10:56

The referee blows for offside against Liam Dickinson. Curtis Nelson restarts play with the free kick.

9:47

Jamie Griffiths gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sean Clohessy. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Ryan Hall, Jake Cole makes a save.

8:44

Free kick awarded for a foul by Curtis Nelson on Liam Dickinson. Ryan Hall restarts play with the free kick.

7:52

Michael Timlin is ruled offside. Jake Cole restarts play with the free kick.

6:42

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Conor Hourihane. Carl Fletcher takes a shot from long range which goes wide of the right-hand post.

6:27

Ladjie Soukouna crosses the ball, clearance by Mark Phillips.

2:45

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sean Clohessy on Luke Daley. Will Atkinson takes the free kick.

2:13

Headed effort from close range by Liam Dickinson goes wide left of the target.

1:29

Liam Dickinson fouled by Carl Fletcher, the ref awards a free kick. Ryan Hall takes the free kick.

0:00

The game begins.

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