Southend revived their hopes of automatic promotion and left Burton without a win in 11 games.

The Shrimpers dropped four players from their side for breaching club discipline, including top scorers Liam Dickinson and Ryan Hall.

Adi Yussuf wasted a great chance for the Brewers before David Martin netted a quickly-taken free-kick for Southend.

They made sure of the points when Neil Harris hammered home the rebound after Anthony Grant's shot was saved.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Burton boss Paul Peschisolido told BBC Radio Derby:

"It's now 11 games in a row. I don't know where that puts me. We'll see.

"We went into Christmas in top form, fourth in the table and now it's 11 games without a win. I can't believe it's the same group of players.

"We're very fragile at the moment; we had enough chances to score one or two goals in the first half and if you don't score when you're in that fragile state, you're always liable to concede one."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Burton Albion

  • 23 Atkins
  • 03 Webster
  • 04 Stanton (Austin - 46' )
  • 05 James
  • 08 Corbett
  • 13 Taylor
  • 17 Phillips
  • 22 Dyer
  • 26 Bolder (Palmer - 74' )
  • 09 Richards
  • 12 Yussuf

Substitutes

  • 02 Driver
  • 15 Austin
  • 11 Palmer
  • 21 Gurrieri
  • 25 Garnett

Southend

  • 35 Belford
  • 02 Clohessy
  • 15 Phillips Booked
  • 23 Barker
  • 34 Hills (Prosser - 80' )
  • 07 Grant Booked
  • 08 Timlin
  • 11 Sawyer
  • 14 Martin
  • 09 Harris (Benyon - 83' )
  • 26 Sampson (Flood - 90' )

Substitutes

  • 17 Bentley
  • 16 Prosser
  • 27 Baldwin
  • 24 Benyon
  • 31 Flood
Ref: Russell
Att: 2,424

Match Stats

Shots

12 14

On target

6 9

Corners

9 6

Fouls

9 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:06 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +3:06

The ball is delivered by Cleveland Taylor.

90:00 +1:19

Jack Dyer concedes a free kick for a foul on Anthony Grant. Cameron Belford takes the free kick.

90:00 +0:28

David Martin sends in a cross, Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Lee Sawyer goes wide of the left-hand post.

89:29 Substitution

Substitution Jack Sampson goes off and Anthony Flood comes on.

89:02

Unfair challenge on Ryan Austin by Elliot Benyon results in a free kick. Ross Atkins restarts play with the free kick.

88:03

Handball by Justin Richards. Cameron Belford takes the free kick.

86:39

Anthony Grant produces a cross, Mark Phillips takes a shot. Blocked by Andrew Corbett. Corner from the left by-line taken by David Martin, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Justin Richards by Jack Sampson. Ross Atkins restarts play with the free kick.

85:32

David Martin challenges Tony James unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Palmer restarts play with the free kick.

84:42

Adi Yussuf takes a shot. Save made by Cameron Belford. Corner from the right by-line taken by Chris Palmer, clearance made by Sean Clohessy. A cross is delivered by Chris Palmer, Sean Clohessy makes a clearance.

82:49 Substitution

Substitution Elliot Benyon comes on in place of Neil Harris.

79:45

The ball is sent over by Andrew Corbett.

79:33 Substitution

Substitution Luke Prosser joins the action as a substitute, replacing Lee Hills.

76:23

A cross is delivered by Cleveland Taylor, clearance by Sean Clohessy. Corner taken by Chris Palmer from the left by-line to the near post, David Martin manages to make a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Chris Palmer, Jack Dyer takes a shot. Lee Sawyer gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Chris Palmer from the left by-line, Anthony Grant manages to make a clearance.

75:46

Anthony Grant takes a shot. Save by Ross Atkins.

74:37

Anthony Grant provided the assist for the goal.

74:37 Goal scored

Goal! - Neil Harris - Burton 0 - 2 Southend Goal scored by Neil Harris from just inside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Burton Albion 0-2 Southend.

74:27

Lee Sawyer sends in a cross, Ryan Austin manages to make a clearance.

73:08 Substitution

Substitution (Burton Albion) makes a substitution, with Chris Palmer coming on for Adam Bolder.

72:56

Adi Yussuf produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.

72:09

Mark Phillips takes a shot. Jack Dyer gets a block in.

71:33

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Austin on Neil Harris. Michael Timlin restarts play with the free kick.

66:10

The ball is delivered by Cleveland Taylor, Chris Barker makes a clearance. Jack Dyer takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Chris Barker. Corner taken right-footed by Jack Dyer to the near post, Lee Sawyer makes a clearance.

65:28

A cross is delivered by Lee Hills, Justin Richards has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.

64:50

Corner taken by David Martin played to the near post, clearance by Justin Richards.

62:49

The ball is swung over by Sean Clohessy.

61:28

Outswinging corner taken by David Martin from the left by-line played to the near post, Effort on goal by Mark Phillips from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

60:35

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Phillips by Justin Richards. Direct free kick taken by Cameron Belford.

59:30 Goal scored

Goal! - David Martin - Burton 0 - 1 Southend David Martin grabs a goal direct from the free kick from long range to the top left corner of the goal. Burton Albion 0-1 Southend.

58:51

Foul by Jack Dyer on Anthony Grant, free kick awarded.

58:39

The ball is swung over by Lee Sawyer, Tony James manages to make a clearance.

56:43

Jack Dyer takes a shot. Save by Cameron Belford.

56:11

Anthony Grant takes a shot. Save by Ross Atkins.

56:03

The ball is crossed by Neil Harris, Andrew Corbett makes a clearance.

55:42

Lee Hills sends in a cross, Neil Harris takes a shot. Save by Ross Atkins.

55:28

Adam Bolder gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Anthony Grant. Direct free kick taken by Anthony Grant.

54:35

Justin Richards is ruled offside. Cameron Belford restarts play with the free kick.

53:39

Jack Dyer restarts play with the free kick.

53:39 Booking

Booking Mark Phillips is shown a yellow card.

53:00

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Phillips on Jimmy Phillips.

51:43

Shot by Neil Harris from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

51:11

Lee Sawyer produces a cross.

50:37

The ball is crossed by Cleveland Taylor, Mark Phillips makes a clearance.

49:31

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Phillips on Justin Richards. Direct free kick taken by Jack Dyer.

48:24

Centre by Michael Timlin, Jack Sampson takes a shot. Ross Atkins makes a save.

47:49

The ball is sent over by David Martin, blocked by Cleveland Taylor. Corner taken by David Martin from the left by-line, Aaron Webster makes a clearance.

46:21

Foul by Aaron Webster on Anthony Grant, free kick awarded. David Martin takes the free kick.

46:04

The ball is swung over by Sean Clohessy, clearance made by Tony James.

45:23

Unfair challenge on Tony James by Neil Harris results in a free kick. Tony James takes the free kick.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Austin on for Nathan Stanton.

45:00 +1:04 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

43:50

Aaron Webster takes a shot. Save by Cameron Belford.

42:38

Adi Yussuf takes a shot. Save by Cameron Belford.

41:59

Jimmy Phillips takes a shot. Cameron Belford makes a save.

41:23

Shot by Michael Timlin from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

40:32

Shot from just outside the box by Jimmy Phillips misses to the left of the goal.

39:37

Chris Barker concedes a free kick for a foul on Adi Yussuf. Direct free kick taken by Nathan Stanton.

37:50

The ball is swung over by Adi Yussuf. Neil Harris concedes a free kick for a foul on Adi Yussuf. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Aaron Webster, save made by Cameron Belford.

37:13

David Martin is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Ross Atkins.

36:00

Adi Yussuf delivers the ball, clearance by Sean Clohessy. Corner taken right-footed by Jack Dyer from the left by-line, save made by Cameron Belford.

34:55

The ball is swung over by Lee Sawyer, clearance by Tony James. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tony James by Neil Harris. Ross Atkins takes the direct free kick.

34:14

The ball is delivered by Jimmy Phillips, save by Cameron Belford.

33:44

Shot from just outside the box by Adam Bolder misses to the right of the goal.

32:49

Neil Harris takes a shot. Save made by Ross Atkins. Cleveland Taylor delivers the ball.

30:20

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by David Martin from the left by-line, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Neil Harris goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

29:16

Nathan Stanton concedes a free kick for a foul on Neil Harris. Direct free kick taken by David Martin.

28:40

Nathan Stanton concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Sampson. Free kick taken by Cameron Belford.

27:06

Free kick taken by Jack Dyer.

27:06 Booking

Booking Anthony Grant goes into the referee's book.

26:50

Anthony Grant gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jimmy Phillips.

23:20

Handball by Adi Yussuf. Free kick taken by Cameron Belford.

22:01

Jimmy Phillips produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.

21:32

The ball is swung over by Jack Dyer, Lee Hills manages to make a clearance. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jack Dyer from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Michael Timlin.

21:00

Corner taken right-footed by Jack Dyer, clearance made by Neil Harris.

20:31

The ball is sent over by Andrew Corbett.

17:29

The ball is swung over by Lee Hills.

15:46

Neil Harris crosses the ball, save made by Ross Atkins.

14:14

A cross is delivered by Lee Hills, clearance made by Aaron Webster.

13:40

Lee Sawyer delivers the ball, save by Ross Atkins.

11:45

The ball is crossed by Lee Sawyer, clearance made by Andrew Corbett.

10:45

Justin Richards challenges Anthony Grant unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Cameron Belford.

10:30

Aaron Webster produces a cross, clearance made by Mark Phillips.

7:35

The ball is crossed by David Martin, Aaron Webster makes a clearance.

6:31

Cleveland Taylor fouled by David Martin, the ref awards a free kick. Ross Atkins takes the free kick.

6:15

Jimmy Phillips produces a cross, clearance by Sean Clohessy.

4:53

The assistant referee signals for offside against Justin Richards. Cameron Belford restarts play with the free kick.

2:55

Unfair challenge on Jimmy Phillips by Sean Clohessy results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Aaron Webster.

2:09

Sean Clohessy delivers the ball.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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