Southend moved into the automatic promotion places and plunged Hereford into the bottom two with an away win.

Shrimpers striker Neil Harris's second-minute shot was cleared by Kenny Lunt but referee Brendon Malone ruled it had crossed the line.

Strike partner Elliot Benyon scored from close range before Yoann Arquin's penalty for the Bulls.

Ryan Hall restored the two-goal lead from 30 yards before Nathan Elder's late close-range consolation.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Hereford manager Richard O'Kelly told BBC Hereford and Worcester:

"You're looking and you are thinking: 'Are they a bit tired; have we worked them too hard this week?'

"Then the tempo and the brightness suddenly kicked in and with 10 minutes to go with lifted it up a gear.

"I know it helps that you suddenly get a goal back but you are looking for a performance whether goals go in or they don't.

"You are looking for that from your players and that wasn't there today."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4)

Hereford

  • 28 Cornell
  • 05 Townsend
  • 06 Purdie (Green - 68' )
  • 12 Purkiss
  • 22 Anthony Booked
  • 08 Featherstone
  • 11 Lunt
  • 21 Barkh'zen
  • 34 Evans (Colbeck - 72' )
  • 09 Arquin Booked (Elder - 60' )
  • 10 Facey

Substitutes

  • 02 Green
  • 24 Stam
  • 17 Colbeck
  • 27 Clucas
  • 25 Elder

Southend United

  • 35 Belford Booked
  • 02 Clohessy
  • 15 Phillips
  • 16 Prosser
  • 23 Barker
  • 04 Hall (Hills - 83' )
  • 08 Timlin
  • 12 Ferdinand
  • 36 Dailly
  • 09 Harris
  • 24 Benyon

Substitutes

  • 34 Hills
  • 11 Sawyer
  • 14 Martin
  • 21 Sturrock
  • 31 Flood
Ref: Malone
Att: 2,456

Match Stats

Shots

8 9

On target

4 4

Corners

7 6

Fouls

14 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +6:45 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +5:40

The ball is swung over by Ben Purkiss. Short corner worked by Tom Barkhuizen.

90:00 +5:07

The ball is delivered by Nicky Featherstone, Lee Hills manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +4:09 Booking

Booking Caution for Cameron Belford.

90:00 +3:44

The ball is crossed by Tom Barkhuizen, Michael Townsend has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.

90:00 +3:10

Ryan Green produces a cross, Mark Phillips manages to make a clearance. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Tom Barkhuizen, clearance made by Lee Hills.

90:00 +2:34

Nicky Featherstone delivers the ball, clearance by Chris Barker.

88:45

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nathan Elder on Christian Dailly. Direct free kick taken by Cameron Belford.

87:22

Assist by Tom Barkhuizen.

87:22 Goal scored

Goal! - Nathan Elder - Hereford 2 - 3 Southend Nathan Elder gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hereford 2-3 Southend.

84:45

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Green on Kane Ferdinand. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Lee Hills from right wing, clearance made by Michael Townsend.

84:22

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kenny Lunt on Lee Hills. Sean Clohessy takes the direct free kick.

83:11

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Green on Elliot Benyon. Free kick crossed left-footed by Lee Hills, save by David Cornell.

82:27 Substitution

Substitution Lee Hills is brought on as a substitute for Ryan Hall.

81:05

Unfair challenge on Ryan Hall by Tom Barkhuizen results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Cameron Belford.

75:52

Tom Barkhuizen takes a shot. Cameron Belford makes a save.

75:21

Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Michael Timlin hits the post.

74:26

Elliot Benyon concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Green. Direct free kick taken by David Cornell.

74:02

Centre by Joe Colbeck, save by Cameron Belford.

71:57 Substitution

Substitution Will Evans goes off and Joe Colbeck comes on.

71:18

Ryan Hall gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Will Evans. David Cornell restarts play with the free kick.

70:42

Will Evans gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Hall. Chris Barker takes the direct free kick.

68:51

Corner taken by Ryan Hall from the right by-line to the near post, David Cornell makes a save.

68:09

Elliot Benyon fouled by Michael Townsend, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Luke Prosser, clearance made by Michael Townsend.

67:35 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Green comes on in place of Robert Purdie.

66:27

The ball is delivered by Robert Purdie, Mark Phillips manages to make a clearance.

65:53

A cross is delivered by Christian Dailly, Robert Purdie manages to make a clearance.

65:37

Centre by Kane Ferdinand.

64:20

A cross is delivered by Elliot Benyon, Michael Townsend gets a block in.

63:22

The ball is sent over by Kenny Lunt, save by Cameron Belford.

62:46

The ball is crossed by Kenny Lunt, blocked by Mark Phillips. Tom Barkhuizen takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Neil Harris.

61:12

Nicky Featherstone produces a cross, Ryan Hall gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Tom Barkhuizen, Mark Phillips makes a clearance.

60:24

Short corner taken by Ryan Hall from the right by-line. Centre by Ryan Hall, Will Evans manages to make a clearance.

59:14 Substitution

Substitution Nathan Elder joins the action as a substitute, replacing Yoann Arquin.

58:28

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

57:06

Neil Harris takes a shot.

56:33 Goal scored

Goal! - Ryan Hall - Hereford 1 - 3 Southend Ryan Hall fires in a goal from outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hereford 1-3 Southend.

55:41

The assistant referee signals for offside against Neil Harris. David Cornell takes the free kick.

54:55

Luke Prosser restarts play with the free kick.

54:55 Booking

Booking Yoann Arquin is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

54:50

Yoann Arquin concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Timlin.

53:04

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Will Evans by Ryan Hall. Free kick taken by Tom Barkhuizen.

51:53

Nicky Featherstone takes a shot. Blocked by Sean Clohessy. Corner taken right-footed by Tom Barkhuizen. Ben Purkiss produces a cross, clearance by Michael Timlin.

50:50

The ball is swung over by Tom Barkhuizen, save made by Cameron Belford.

50:31

Ryan Hall gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kenny Lunt. Direct free kick taken by Robert Purdie.

48:17

Neil Harris sends in a cross, Michael Townsend manages to make a clearance. Luke Prosser gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Barkhuizen. David Cornell takes the free kick.

47:32

Effort on goal by Michael Townsend from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

46:53

Sean Clohessy produces a cross, save by David Cornell.

45:41

The ball is delivered by Elliot Benyon, Ben Purkiss manages to make a clearance.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +2:34 Half time

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

45:00 +1:48

Elliot Benyon takes a shot. Delroy Facey gets a block in.

44:52

Neil Harris is caught offside. Free kick taken by David Cornell.

44:21 Goal scored

Goal! - Yoann Arquin - Hereford 1 - 2 Southend Yoann Arquin scores a placed penalty. Hereford 1-2 Southend.

42:44

Penalty awarded for a foul by Cameron Belford on Tom Barkhuizen.

42:01

Nicky Featherstone decides to take the corner short.

41:22

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ben Purkiss by Michael Timlin. Direct free kick taken by Tom Barkhuizen.

35:30

The ball is sent over by Sean Clohessy, Michael Townsend makes a clearance.

33:40

The assistant referee signals for offside against Elliot Benyon. Direct free kick taken by David Cornell.

32:05

The assist for the goal came from Ryan Hall.

32:05 Goal scored

Goal! - Elliot Benyon - Hereford 0 - 2 Southend Elliot Benyon finds the net with a goal from close in high into the middle of the goal. Hereford 0-2 Southend.

31:25

Corner taken left-footed by Ryan Hall from the right by-line,

30:21

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Tom Barkhuizen. Nicky Featherstone takes a shot. Blocked by Sean Clohessy.

28:40

Corner taken by Ryan Hall from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Will Evans. The ball is sent over by Ryan Hall. Elliot Benyon is caught offside. Free kick taken by David Cornell.

25:55

Christian Dailly takes the direct free kick.

25:55 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Byron Anthony for unsporting behaviour.

25:47

Foul by Byron Anthony on Elliot Benyon, free kick awarded.

25:26

Unfair challenge on Nicky Featherstone by Luke Prosser results in a free kick. David Cornell restarts play with the free kick.

24:14

Foul by Byron Anthony on Elliot Benyon, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ryan Hall.

23:28

Centre by Sean Clohessy.

22:17

Free kick awarded for a foul by Delroy Facey on Mark Phillips. Chris Barker restarts play with the free kick.

21:05

The ball is crossed by Yoann Arquin, Cameron Belford makes a save.

18:53

The ball is delivered by Sean Clohessy, Ben Purkiss makes a clearance.

18:25

Sean Clohessy crosses the ball, Michael Townsend makes a clearance.

18:04

Yoann Arquin produces a cross, Cameron Belford makes a save.

17:01

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Elliot Benyon by Will Evans. Ryan Hall takes the direct free kick.

16:24

Will Evans produces a right-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.

11:14

Will Evans challenges Elliot Benyon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Hall restarts play with the free kick, Close range header by Neil Harris goes over the crossbar.

10:12

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Barker by Delroy Facey. Direct free kick taken by Cameron Belford.

6:26

A cross is delivered by Ben Purkiss, Byron Anthony has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

5:27

Ben Purkiss delivers the ball. Ryan Hall gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Yoann Arquin. Will Evans takes the free kick.

3:53

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

2:45

Foul by Ryan Hall on Robert Purdie, free kick awarded. David Cornell takes the direct free kick.

1:10

Elliot Benyon provided the assist for the goal.

1:10 Goal scored

Goal! - Neil Harris - Hereford 0 - 1 Southend Neil Harris finds the back of the net with a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hereford 0-1 Southend.

0:51

Elliot Benyon sends in a cross,

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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