Two goals apiece from Liam Dickinson and Bilel Mohsni helped Southend beat Northampton and move top of League Two.

John Johnson put the hosts ahead following Ben Tozer's long throw before Dave Martin volleyed home an equaliser.

Saido Berahino's 18-yard shot made it 2-1 but Dickinson's penalty levelled it after he had been fouled in the area by Northampton goalkeeper Freddy Hall.

Mohsni sealed it with two headers from Ryan Hall deliveries either side of a close-range finish from Dickinson.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Northampton Town manager Aidy Boothroyd tells BBC Radio Northampton:

"For me, I wouldn't have been able to tell which team was at the top and which was at the bottom, for long periods.

"I think the clearest thing is that they bring a player on who scores two goals for them. We didn't switch on in the latter stages of the game.

"Was it a 5-2 game in terms of performance? Absolutely not. But we never give up. We're going to need that every week."

Southend manager Paul Sturrock told BBC Essex:

"We showed some character and attitude, the whole squad. The substitutions worked, the boy Sampson looks a handful.

"(Bilel Mohsni) has come on and turned the game upside-down and Sampson came on and gave an influence to the game as well so I'm very pleased.

"I'm excited about the squad I've got, they showed it all, we can come off the bench and change games, that's something we've probably not had for a long time."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (3)

Northampton

  • 26 Hall
  • 04 Crowe
  • 05 Tozer
  • 14 Johnson
  • 28 Langmead
  • 29 Adams
  • 17 Jacobs
  • 27 Harding
  • 02 Young
  • 09 Berahino
  • 25 Asante (Akinfenwa - 84' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Walker
  • 11 Holt
  • 19 Kaziboni
  • 20 Gilligan
  • 10 Akinfenwa

Southend

  • 01 Morris
  • 02 Clohessy
  • 03 Gilbert
  • 15 Phillips
  • 23 Barker
  • 04 Hall
  • 08 Timlin
  • 14 Martin (Bilel - 75' )
  • 19 Kalala
  • 22 Dickinson Booked
  • 24 Benyon (Sampson - 81' )

Substitutes

  • 06 Bilel
  • 12 Ferdinand
  • 07 Grant
  • 09 Harris
  • 26 Sampson
Ref: Sutton
Att: 5,255

Match Stats

Shots

9 21

On target

6 13

Corners

7 8

Fouls

6 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:26 Full time

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

90:00 +2:26

Free kick awarded for a foul by JP Kalala on Saido Berahino. Michael Jacobs fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Glenn Morris.

90:00 +2:11

The assistant referee flags for offside against Bilel Mohsni. Freddy Hall takes the indirect free kick.

90:00 +1:39

Saido Berahino takes a shot. Save made by Glenn Morris.

90:00 +0:34

Assist by Ryan Hall.

90:00 +0:34 Goal scored

Goal! - Bilel Mohsni - Northamp'n 2 - 5 Southend Bilel Mohsni finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Northampton 2-5 Southend.

89:54

The ball is swung over by Ryan Hall, Michael Timlin takes a shot. Save by Freddy Hall. Inswinging corner taken by Ryan Hall from the right by-line,

88:54

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Timlin on Adebayo Akinfenwa. Jason Crowe takes the free kick.

87:55

Michael Timlin takes a shot. Save by Freddy Hall.

87:21

Ryan Hall delivers the ball, Jack Sampson takes a shot. Ben Tozer gets a block in. Bilel Mohsni produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

87:09

The ball is crossed by Sean Clohessy, clearance by Blair Adams.

84:30

Assist on the goal came from Jack Sampson.

84:30 Goal scored

Goal! - Liam Dickinson - Northamp'n 2 - 4 Southend Liam Dickinson gets on the score sheet with a goal from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Northampton 2-4 Southend.

83:34 Substitution

Substitution Akwasi Asante leaves the field to be replaced by Adebayo Akinfenwa.

82:54

Bilel Mohsni takes a shot. Save by Freddy Hall.

80:54

The assist for the goal came from Ryan Hall.

80:54 Goal scored

Goal! - Bilel Mohsni - Northamp'n 2 - 3 Southend Bilel Mohsni scores a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Northampton 2-3 Southend.

79:37 Substitution

Substitution Jack Sampson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Elliot Benyon.

79:37

Inswinging corner taken by Michael Jacobs from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Bilel Mohsni.

78:38

Ryan Hall takes the inswinging corner, save made by Freddy Hall.

78:22

Sean Clohessy sends in a cross, Ben Tozer makes a clearance.

78:14

The ball is sent over by Ryan Hall, John Johnson manages to make a clearance.

77:58

Lewis Young takes a shot. Save by Glenn Morris.

77:00

Ryan Hall produces a cross, save by Freddy Hall.

76:10

Saido Berahino delivers the ball, save by Glenn Morris.

74:27 Substitution

Substitution David Martin goes off and Bilel Mohsni comes on.

74:27

Michael Jacobs crosses the ball, Close range headed effort by Saido Berahino misses to the right of the goal.

73:00

Elliot Benyon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ben Harding. Shot comes in from Ben Harding from the free kick.

72:38

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Michael Jacobs, save by Glenn Morris.

71:41

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Phillips on Saido Berahino. Free kick taken by Ben Tozer.

71:12

Foul by John Johnson on Elliot Benyon, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Chris Barker.

68:44

The ball is sent over by Blair Adams, JP Kalala gets a block in. Pass corner from left by-line taken by Michael Jacobs to short, clearance by Michael Timlin.

68:05

Ryan Hall takes a shot. Ben Tozer gets a block in.

67:38

Ryan Hall is caught offside. Freddy Hall restarts play with the free kick.

67:01

Corner taken right-footed by Michael Jacobs from the left by-line to the near post, Glenn Morris makes a save.

66:53 Booking

Booking Liam Dickinson booked.

65:43

David Martin concedes a free kick for a foul on Akwasi Asante. Shot comes in from Michael Jacobs from the free kick, save by Glenn Morris.

64:59 Goal scored

Goal! - Liam Dickinson - Northamp'n 2 - 2 Southend Liam Dickinson scores a placed penalty. Northampton 2-2 Southend.

63:45

Freddy Hall challenges Liam Dickinson unfairly and gives away a Penalty.

63:13

The ball is sent over by Sean Clohessy, save by Jason Crowe. David Martin takes a shot. Jason Crowe gets a block in.

62:21

Ryan Hall has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

60:09

A cross is delivered by David Martin, save by Freddy Hall.

59:58

The ball is sent over by Ryan Hall, Ben Tozer manages to make a clearance.

58:57

The ball is sent over by Ryan Hall, David Martin takes a shot. Save by Freddy Hall.

57:59

Ryan Hall produces a cross, clearance by Ben Tozer.

56:57

Elliot Benyon is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Blair Adams takes the free kick.

55:31

Ryan Hall is caught offside. Freddy Hall restarts play with the free kick.

53:40

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Jacobs by Michael Timlin. Ben Tozer takes the free kick.

52:24

Lewis Young gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Gilbert. Direct free kick taken by Glenn Morris.

51:08

Foul by Ben Tozer on Elliot Benyon, free kick awarded. Ryan Hall sends in a cross, Mark Phillips has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.

50:05

Saido Berahino is adjudged to have handled the ball. Glenn Morris takes the direct free kick.

48:53

Liam Dickinson takes a shot. Freddy Hall makes a save. Elliot Benyon takes a shot. Freddy Hall makes a save. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ryan Hall, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Mark Phillips misses to the left of the goal.

47:25

Sean Clohessy sends in a cross, clearance made by Ben Tozer. Corner from the right by-line taken by Ryan Hall, Freddy Hall makes a save.

47:16

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ben Harding on Michael Timlin. Free kick taken by Michael Timlin.

47:04

Ryan Hall produces a cross, clearance made by Ben Tozer.

46:14

Sean Clohessy crosses the ball, save by Freddy Hall.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +2:03 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +1:06

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken by Michael Jacobs to short, Glenn Morris makes a save.

45:00 +0:16

The ball is swung over by Ryan Hall, Ben Tozer manages to make a clearance.

44:17

Sean Clohessy produces a cross, save by Freddy Hall.

42:54

Assist on the goal came from Ben Harding.

42:54 Goal scored

Goal! - Saido Berahino - Northamp'n 2 - 1 Southend A goal is scored by Saido Berahino from just inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Northampton 2-1 Southend.

40:30

The assist for the goal came from Sean Clohessy.

40:30 Goal scored

Goal! - David Martin - Northamp'n 1 - 1 Southend David Martin grabs a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Northampton 1-1 Southend.

40:25

The ball is sent over by Sean Clohessy,

38:36

Header by Ryan Hall from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

38:10

Ryan Hall takes a shot. Save by Freddy Hall.

37:11

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Michael Jacobs.

36:01

Michael Timlin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Akwasi Asante. Free kick taken by Ben Tozer.

35:02

Peter Gilbert concedes a free kick for a foul on Akwasi Asante. Jason Crowe takes the direct free kick.

33:09

David Martin delivers the ball, clearance made by Kelvin Langmead.

31:42

Jason Crowe produces a cross, Sean Clohessy makes a clearance.

28:58

Lewis Young has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.

26:57

David Martin crosses the ball, Headed effort from inside the area by Liam Dickinson misses to the left of the goal.

24:24

The ball is sent over by Sean Clohessy, Jason Crowe manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Ryan Hall from the left by-line played to the near post, Jason Crowe manages to make a clearance.

23:03

Corner from the right by-line taken by Ben Harding, save made by Glenn Morris.

21:24

Ryan Hall crosses the ball, Freddy Hall fouled by David Martin, the ref awards a free kick. Freddy Hall takes the direct free kick.

20:04

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Freddy Hall.

15:49

David Martin is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Freddy Hall.

13:24

The ball is swung over by David Martin, Liam Dickinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Kelvin Langmead. Direct free kick taken by Freddy Hall.

12:59

Corner taken left-footed by Ryan Hall from the right by-line to the near post, save by Freddy Hall.

11:32

Centre by JP Kalala, Ben Tozer manages to make a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Ryan Hall from the right by-line, Close range headed effort by Mark Phillips goes wide of the left-hand post.

9:09 Goal scored

Goal! - John Johnson - Northamp'n 1 - 0 Southend John Johnson finds the net with a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Northampton 1-0 Southend.

5:01

Elliot Benyon fouled by John Johnson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Hall.

4:12

The official flags Liam Dickinson offside. Freddy Hall takes the indirect free kick.

3:34

Peter Gilbert delivers the ball, blocked by Lewis Young. Corner taken by Ryan Hall from the left by-line, Kelvin Langmead manages to make a clearance.

1:28

Unfair challenge on Michael Jacobs by Michael Timlin results in a free kick. Kelvin Langmead takes the free kick.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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