Toothless Southend dropped out of the League Two automatic promotion places after defeat against Aldershot.

Danny Hylton nodded in Chris Barker's cross for the only goal of the game and his 15th of the season.

A smart save from Cameron Belford prevented Peter Vincenti from making 2-0 soon afterwards, as Southend struggled to impose themselves.

Lee Hills' cross-shot was palmed to safety in the first half, but that was all the hosts could muster.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Southend United manager Paul Sturrock told BBC Essex:

"For the first 45 minutes, we played some decent football but the final pass, the final cross, the final finish, let us down.

"In the second half, they scored with their one chance in the game.

"I've got to give them credit, they worked very hard. I don't think their goalie's had a save (to make) and we're the home team - that's what disappoints me."

Aldershot boss Dean Holdsworth told BBC Surrey:

"The team have shown in the last two performances you've got to have all the ingredients to win a football match. We came here to Southend, who've been fantastic over the season, and knew it would be a tough game.

"The game plan was to make sure it was difficult for us to be broken down and at some point we'd get a chance, and when that moment came we'd have to take it.

"Over 95 minutes the players worked their socks off. We put out bodies on the line. I'm delighted with them."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Southend

  • 35 Belford
  • 02 Clohessy
  • 15 Phillips
  • 23 Barker (Sampson - 86' )
  • 34 Hills
  • 36 Dailly
  • 04 Hall
  • 08 Timlin Booked
  • 11 Sawyer (Martin - 62' )
  • 21 Sturrock (Harris - 62' Booked )
  • 24 Benyon

Substitutes

  • 12 Ferdinand
  • 16 Prosser
  • 14 Martin
  • 09 Harris
  • 26 Sampson

Aldershot

  • 01 Young
  • 02 Herd Booked
  • 03 Straker
  • 05 Jones
  • 15 Morris
  • 23 Vincenti
  • 28 Brown Booked
  • 36 Bradley
  • 17 Mekki (Sinclair - 74' )
  • 40 Payne (Madjo - 73' )
  • 10 Hylton Booked (Smith - 90' )

Substitutes

  • 31 Clement
  • 25 Smith
  • 32 Doughty
  • 27 Madjo
  • 42 Sinclair
Ref: East
Att: 4,580

Match Stats

Shots

11 5

On target

1 3

Corners

3 3

Fouls

12 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +6:38 Full time

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

90:00 +5:42

David Martin crosses the ball, Jamie Young makes a save.

90:00 +5:04

The ball is swung over by Sean Clohessy, clearance by Peter Vincenti.

90:00 +4:19

Robert Sinclair decides to take a short corner.

90:00 +3:16

Jamie Young takes the free kick.

90:00 +3:16 Substitution

Substitution Danny Hylton leaves the field to be replaced by Ben Smith.

90:00 +3:16

Jack Sampson challenges Aaron Morris unfairly and gives away a free kick.

90:00 +2:50

Guy Madjo gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Cameron Belford. Cameron Belford restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +1:38

The ball is crossed by Sean Clohessy, Darren Jones makes a clearance.

90:00 +1:22

Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Hylton on Sean Clohessy. Sean Clohessy restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +0:38

Lee Hills produces a cross, clearance by Troy Brown.

90:00 +0:28

David Martin crosses the ball, clearance made by Troy Brown.

87:21

Sean Clohessy sends in a cross, Neil Harris produces a header from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.

86:35

Ryan Hall produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.

85:50 Substitution

Substitution Chris Barker leaves the field to be replaced by Jack Sampson.

84:02

Danny Hylton concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Phillips. Cameron Belford takes the direct free kick.

82:30

Michael Timlin produces a cross, save by Jamie Young.

82:23

Centre by Sean Clohessy, clearance by Anthony Straker.

82:13

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

79:21

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Neil Harris by Darren Jones. Ryan Hall takes the free kick.

78:11

The referee blows for offside against David Martin. Free kick taken by Jamie Young.

78:06

A cross is delivered by Sean Clohessy.

77:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sonny Bradley on Neil Harris. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Hall.

76:45

David Martin has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

75:56

Danny Hylton sends in a cross.

74:19

The assistant referee flags for offside against Neil Harris. Free kick taken by Jamie Young.

72:31 Substitution

Substitution Robert Sinclair replaces Adam Mekki.

72:31 Substitution

Substitution Guy Madjo on for Josh Payne.

72:31

Elliot Benyon is ruled offside. Jamie Young takes the free kick.

72:22

The ball is delivered by Ryan Hall, clearance made by Danny Hylton.

71:43

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ryan Hall from the right by-line to the near post, Aaron Morris makes a clearance.

70:40

The assistant referee flags for offside against Danny Hylton. Indirect free kick taken by Cameron Belford.

69:47

The referee blows for offside. Jamie Young takes the indirect free kick.

68:54

Ryan Hall produces a left-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.

67:35

Peter Vincenti takes a shot. Save made by Cameron Belford.

65:52

Neil Harris produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.

63:07 Booking

Booking Ben Herd receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

62:53 Booking

Booking Neil Harris booked.

62:15

Effort from outside the penalty box by Ryan Hall goes wide right of the target.

60:51 Substitution

Substitution Blair Sturrock leaves the field to be replaced by Neil Harris.

60:51 Substitution

Substitution (Southend) makes a substitution, with David Martin coming on for Lee Sawyer.

60:51 Booking

Booking Danny Hylton shown a yellow card.

60:25

Josh Payne concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Sawyer. Michael Timlin takes the free kick.

58:41

Assist on the goal came from Darren Jones.

58:41 Goal scored

Goal! - Danny Hylton - Southend 0 - 1 Aldershot Danny Hylton grabs a headed goal from inside the area. Southend 0-1 Aldershot.

57:52

Foul by Lee Hills on Adam Mekki, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Josh Payne from right channel, clearance by Chris Barker.

56:42

Foul by Danny Hylton on Christian Dailly, free kick awarded. Cameron Belford takes the direct free kick.

56:02

Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Lee Sawyer goes wide of the left-hand post.

55:36

The ball is sent over by Sean Clohessy.

54:22

Corner taken right-footed by Josh Payne.

52:17

Corner taken by Ryan Hall.

50:50

Ryan Hall concedes a free kick for a foul on Josh Payne. Josh Payne restarts play with the free kick.

50:14

Effort from 35 yards by Ryan Hall went wide right of the goal.

48:17

The ball is delivered by Sean Clohessy, Foul by Blair Sturrock on Sonny Bradley, free kick awarded. Jamie Young takes the free kick.

48:06

Michael Timlin sends in a cross, clearance made by Anthony Straker.

47:00

Ben Herd takes the free kick.

47:00 Booking

Booking The referee shows Michael Timlin a yellow card.

46:56

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ben Herd by Michael Timlin.

45:32

Sean Clohessy produces a cross, clearance made by Ben Herd.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +2:21 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +1:53

Sonny Bradley takes a shot. Save made by Cameron Belford.

45:00 +1:05

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Phillips on Josh Payne. Josh Payne restarts play with the free kick.

44:23

Centre by Sean Clohessy, clearance by Sonny Bradley.

43:26

Unfair challenge on Josh Payne by Ryan Hall results in a free kick. Ben Herd restarts play with the free kick.

42:10

Free kick awarded for a foul by Troy Brown on Elliot Benyon. Lee Hills takes the direct free kick.

40:32

Lee Hills challenges Adam Mekki unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jamie Young restarts play with the free kick.

37:20

Centre by Sean Clohessy, save by Jamie Young.

36:33

Blair Sturrock gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ben Herd. Jamie Young takes the direct free kick.

36:18

The ball is crossed by Michael Timlin.

34:25

Blair Sturrock has an effort at goal from long distance that goes wide left.

32:55

Josh Payne delivers the ball, clearance by Michael Timlin.

28:23

Ryan Hall restarts play with the free kick.

28:23 Booking

Booking Caution for Troy Brown.

28:15

Lee Sawyer fouled by Troy Brown, the ref awards a free kick.

26:37

Peter Vincenti takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.

26:14

Free kick awarded for a foul by Blair Sturrock on Darren Jones. Jamie Young takes the direct free kick.

25:40

Shot from outside the box by Josh Payne misses to the left of the goal.

25:13

The ball is crossed by Ben Herd, Lee Sawyer makes a clearance.

24:59

Lee Hills gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Hylton. Free kick taken by Aaron Morris.

24:03

Michael Timlin crosses the ball, clearance made by Anthony Straker.

23:25

Ryan Hall is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Ben Herd takes the direct free kick.

22:42

Lee Sawyer produces a cross, save by Jamie Young.

22:18

The ball is delivered by Lee Hills, save by Jamie Young.

21:03

Outswinging corner from right by-line taken by Josh Payne to short, save made by Cameron Belford.

18:57

Foul by Troy Brown on Ryan Hall, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Ryan Hall from left channel, Troy Brown makes a clearance.

16:14

Foul by Adam Mekki on Cameron Belford, free kick awarded. Cameron Belford takes the direct free kick.

15:49

Elliot Benyon produces a cross, save by Jamie Young.

15:16

Sonny Bradley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Elliot Benyon. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Hall.

13:22

Sean Clohessy delivers the ball, Darren Jones manages to make a clearance.

12:06

The ball is swung over by Lee Hills.

10:59

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Ryan Hall from the left by-line to the near post, Peter Vincenti manages to make a clearance.

7:16

The ball is swung over by Elliot Benyon.

6:28

Elliot Benyon takes a shot. Comfortable save by Jamie Young.

5:34

The assistant referee flags for offside against Danny Hylton. Cameron Belford restarts play with the free kick.

3:38

Shot from just outside the box by Blair Sturrock misses to the left of the goal.

2:29

The referee gives a free kick against Elliot Benyon for handball. Free kick taken by Jamie Young.

1:17

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Josh Payne by Lee Hills. Josh Payne takes the direct free kick.

0:00

The match begins.

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