Southend 3-0 Shrewsbury

Southend scored twice from the spot as they went top of League Two with a comfortable home win over Shrewsbury.

Paul Sturrock's side went ahead on 27 minutes when Jermaine Grandison fouled Neil Harris inside the area and Liam Dickinson slotted home the penalty.

Grandison almost made amends, hitting the bar with eight minutes left.

But late goals from Mark Phillips and another penalty from Harris sealed victory for the home side - to extend their unbeaten run to four matches.

The Shrimpers took the initiative from the off, Jean-Paul Kalala's crossfield pass finding Dickinson, who forced a good save out of Smith at the left post, before the Shrewsbury keeper pulled off a fine double save.

Ryan Leonard's volley from the right deflected dangerously off Connor Goldson but Smith reacted quickly to parry the ball, and he then pushed Dickinson's follow-up out for a corner when it was easier for the striker to score.

But Shrewsbury's first defeat in three league matches looked on the cards when Grandison needlessly shoved Harris in the box and Dickinson dispatched his spot-kick into the bottom-right corner.

Shrewsbury hit back, James Collins forcing a save out of Glenn Morris before Southend wasted good chances to increase their lead. And the home side nearly paid the price when Grandison smashed a shot off the underside of the bar.

But Phillips made it 2-0 took advantage to slot home after Smith fumbled Ryan Hall's free-kick in the first minute of stoppage time before Harris put the final nail in the coffin with a last-gasp penalty following Cansdell-Sherriff's foul.

Match Stats

Shots

13 6

On target

7 3

Corners

6 7

Fouls

12 19

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:01 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +4:12 Goal scored

Goal! - Neil Harris - Southend 3 - 0 Shrewsbury Power penalty scored by Neil Harris. Southend 3-0 Shrewsbury.

90:00 +3:04 Booking

Booking Booking for Shane Cansdell-Sherriff for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +2:58

The assist for the goal came from Ryan Hall.

90:00 +2:58

Shane Cansdell-Sherriff concedes a Penalty for a foul on Ryan Hall.

90:00 +2:10

Liam Dickinson challenges Joe Jacobson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Benjamin Smith restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +1:41

Handball by Terry Gornell. Glenn Morris takes the free kick.

90:00 +0:39

The assist for the goal came from Ryan Hall.

90:00 +0:39 Goal scored

Goal! - Mark Phillips - Southend 2 - 0 Shrewsbury Mark Phillips finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Southend 2-0 Shrewsbury.

89:47

Foul by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff on Liam Dickinson, free kick awarded. Ryan Hall takes the free kick.

89:02

Centre by Joe Jacobson.

87:38

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

85:41

JP Kalala concedes a free kick for a foul on Lionel Ainsworth. Free kick crossed right-footed by Nicky Wroe, save made by Glenn Morris.

84:33 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Hall on for Ryan Leonard.

83:39

Sean Clohessy produces a cross, save made by Benjamin Smith.

82:58

Effort from the edge of the area by Liam Dickinson goes wide of the right-hand post.

82:26

Shot from just outside the box by Jon Taylor misses to the left of the goal.

81:51

Corner from the right by-line taken by Mark Wright, Jermaine Grandison takes a shot.

80:23 Substitution

Substitution Connor Goldson leaves the field to be replaced by Jon Taylor.

79:25

Michael Timlin fouled by Matthew Richards, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Chris Barker.

77:28

Centre by Sean Clohessy, save by Benjamin Smith.

76:26 Substitution

Substitution Anthony Grant on for Kane Ferdinand.

75:29

Mark Wright crosses the ball, save made by Glenn Morris.

74:35

Shot from outside the box by JP Kalala misses to the left of the goal.

73:04

Joe Jacobson fouled by Ryan Leonard, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Benjamin Smith.

72:41

The official flags Terry Gornell offside. Glenn Morris restarts play with the free kick.

71:43

Foul by Joe Jacobson on Liam Dickinson, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Michael Timlin.

71:18 Substitution

Substitution James Collins leaves the field to be replaced by Terry Gornell.

70:08

Marvin Morgan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on JP Kalala. Chris Barker takes the direct free kick.

69:01

Centre by JP Kalala, Jermaine Grandison makes a clearance.

68:49

Centre by Sean Clohessy, clearance made by Nicky Wroe.

68:10

Shot from just outside the box by Marvin Morgan misses to the right of the target.

66:15

Liam Dickinson takes a shot. Blocked by Connor Goldson. Effort from inside the area by Kane Ferdinand misses to the right of the target. Peter Gilbert takes a inswinging corner.

66:02

Centre by Michael Timlin.

61:51

JP Kalala challenges Lionel Ainsworth unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nicky Wroe takes the direct free kick.

60:23

Free kick taken by Joe Jacobson.

60:23 Substitution

Substitution Matthew Richards joins the action as a substitute, replacing Sean McAllister.

60:23

The assistant referee flags for offside against Sean Clohessy.

60:02

The ball is crossed by Mark Wright.

59:30

Outswinging corner taken by Lionel Ainsworth from the right by-line played to the near post, Chris Barker makes a clearance.

59:22

James Collins sends in a cross, save by Glenn Morris.

57:42

Neil Harris crosses the ball.

54:05

Foul by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff on Neil Harris, free kick awarded. The ball is delivered by Michael Timlin, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Neil Harris misses to the left of the goal.

53:02

Joe Jacobson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Dickinson. Sean Clohessy takes the direct free kick.

51:39

Corner taken by Peter Gilbert from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Nicky Wroe.

49:58

JP Kalala handles the ball and concedes a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Mark Wright, save made by Glenn Morris.

49:46

Corner taken short by Mark Wright.

48:40

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Lionel Ainsworth from the right by-line, Connor Goldson takes a shot. Save by Glenn Morris. Mark Wright takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Neil Harris.

48:34

The ball is delivered by Connor Goldson, clearance made by Peter Gilbert.

47:44

Shot from 30 yards by Liam Dickinson. Benjamin Smith makes a save.

47:22

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Gilbert by Connor Goldson. Glenn Morris takes the free kick.

46:39

Foul by Kane Ferdinand on Nicky Wroe, free kick awarded. Benjamin Smith takes the free kick.

46:18

Effort from 25 yards by James Collins. Save made by Glenn Morris.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +1:20 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +0:39

Free kick taken by Joe Jacobson.

45:00 +0:39 Booking

Booking Caution for Michael Timlin.

45:00 +0:24

Nicky Wroe fouled by Michael Timlin, the ref awards a free kick.

44:28

Corner taken by Peter Gilbert.

42:10

James Collins is adjudged to have handled the ball. Glenn Morris restarts play with the free kick.

41:47

Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Dickinson on Shane Cansdell-Sherriff. Benjamin Smith takes the direct free kick.

40:54

Glenn Morris takes the free kick.

40:54 Booking

Booking Sean McAllister booked for unsporting behaviour.

40:47

Sean McAllister challenges JP Kalala unfairly and gives away a free kick.

38:00

The referee gives a free kick against Liam Dickinson for handball. Shane Cansdell-Sherriff takes the free kick.

37:27

The ball is sent over by Lionel Ainsworth, Mark Phillips manages to make a clearance.

34:51

Liam Dickinson takes a shot. Save by Benjamin Smith.

32:10

Foul by James Collins on Mark Phillips, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Glenn Morris.

31:43

Unfair challenge on Shane Cansdell-Sherriff by Kane Ferdinand results in a free kick. Benjamin Smith takes the free kick.

30:42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Phillips by James Collins. Free kick taken by Glenn Morris.

28:04

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Phillips on Benjamin Smith. Benjamin Smith takes the direct free kick.

27:33

Free kick awarded for a foul by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff on Liam Dickinson. Free kick taken by Michael Timlin.

25:03

Neil Harris provided the assist for the goal.

26:21 Goal scored

Goal! - Liam Dickinson - Southend 1 - 0 Shrewsbury Liam Dickinson scores a placed penalty. Southend 1-0 Shrewsbury.

25:03

Jermaine Grandison gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Neil Harris.

23:38

A cross is delivered by JP Kalala.

22:00

Corner taken by Peter Gilbert, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marvin Morgan by Liam Dickinson. Benjamin Smith restarts play with the free kick.

21:01

Corner taken by Peter Gilbert from the right by-line played to the near post.

20:33

Effort on goal by Ryan Leonard from 20 yards. Save by Benjamin Smith. Liam Dickinson takes a shot. Save made by Benjamin Smith.

19:51

Short corner taken by Peter Gilbert from the right by-line, The ball is crossed by Neil Harris, clearance by James Collins.

19:23

Marvin Morgan challenges Mark Phillips unfairly and gives away a free kick. Glenn Morris takes the direct free kick.

18:48

Sean Clohessy crosses the ball, Mark Phillips takes has a header from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.

18:24

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on JP Kalala by Nicky Wroe. Michael Timlin restarts play with the free kick.

16:07

JP Kalala challenges Shane Cansdell-Sherriff unfairly and gives away a free kick. Benjamin Smith takes the free kick.

14:46

Corner taken by Lionel Ainsworth from the right by-line, James Collins challenges Glenn Morris unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Glenn Morris.

14:41

Lionel Ainsworth crosses the ball, Chris Barker manages to make a clearance.

14:27

The ball is delivered by Joe Jacobson, Neil Harris makes a clearance.

14:12

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

13:47

Centre by Lionel Ainsworth, clearance made by Michael Timlin.

12:38

Liam Dickinson takes a shot. Save made by Benjamin Smith.

8:58

Unfair challenge on James Collins by Ryan Leonard results in a free kick. Shane Cansdell-Sherriff restarts play with the free kick.

8:28

Lionel Ainsworth challenges Michael Timlin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Barker restarts play with the free kick.

6:40

Foul by Marvin Morgan on Mark Phillips, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Chris Barker.

5:53

Marvin Morgan takes a shot. Save made by Glenn Morris.

4:28

Foul by James Collins on Mark Phillips, free kick awarded. Glenn Morris takes the free kick.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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