Southend United defender Mark Phillips was taken to hospital after passing out in the dugout as Bristol Rovers struck late to secure all three points.

Phillips was substituted in the second half after a clash of heads with the hosts' striker Matt Harrold.

Harrold's penalty, after two Shrimpers defenders slid in on Mustapha Carayol, secured Rovers' win.

Freddy Eastwood had gone close to scoring for Southend on his return to the club with two headers.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Southend manager Paul Sturrock told BBC Essex:

"It (the Bristol Rovers penalty) is an unbelievable decision for a referee to make, he was miles away from the incident.

"The linesman hasn't put his flag up, the boys got a shot off into the side netting and he decides it's a coming together.

"Decisions like that can hurt you big time in football.

"It's a killer, I'm absolutely gutted for everybody because I don't think we merited losing that game."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Bristol Rovers

  • 01 Bevan
  • 04 Woodards
  • 05 Bolger
  • 17 Paterson
  • 37 Parks Booked
  • 06 Stanley
  • 08 Gill (Dorman - 82' )
  • 11 Carayol
  • 23 Lund (Richard - 79' )
  • 09 Harrold
  • 26 Zebroski (Brown - 60' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Smith
  • 14 Brown
  • 34 Dorman
  • 16 Anyinsah
  • 18 Richard

Southend

  • 35 Belford
  • 02 Clohessy
  • 15 Phillips (Bilel - 71' )
  • 16 Prosser Booked
  • 23 Barker
  • 04 Hall
  • 07 Grant
  • 08 Timlin
  • 36 Dailly (Hills - 60' )
  • 24 Benyon (Harris - 82' )
  • 37 Eastwood

Substitutes

  • 06 Bilel
  • 12 Ferdinand
  • 34 Hills
  • 14 Martin
  • 09 Harris
Ref: Carl Berry
Att: 6,258

Match Stats

Shots

12 10

On target

7 6

Corners

2 4

Fouls

17 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:07 Full time

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

90:00 +2:49

Freddy Eastwood has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

90:00 +2:49 Booking

Booking The referee shows Tom Parkes a yellow card.

90:00 +2:34

Tom Parkes challenges Neil Harris unfairly and gives away a free kick.

90:00 +1:28

Foul by Eliot Richards on Lee Hills, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Ryan Hall, Cian Bolger manages to make a clearance.

88:37

Andy Dorman challenges Anthony Grant unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Hall fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

86:54

Andy Dorman concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Hall. Free kick crossed left-footed by Ryan Hall from right channel, save made by Scott Bevan.

85:57

The assist for the goal came from Mustapha Carayol.

85:57 Goal scored

Goal! - Matt Harrold - Bristol R 1 - 0 Southend Penalty taken right-footed by Matt Harrold and scored. Bristol Rovers 1-0 Southend.

84:58

Foul by Michael Timlin on Mustapha Carayol, Penalty awarded.

84:26

Neil Harris concedes a free kick for a foul on Cian Bolger. Cian Bolger restarts play with the free kick.

81:02 Substitution

Substitution Elliot Benyon leaves the field to be replaced by Neil Harris.

81:02 Substitution

Substitution Andy Dorman is brought on as a substitute for Mathew Gill.

80:28

The ball is swung over by Michael Timlin.

78:54

Lee Brown takes a shot. Blocked by Chris Barker.

77:51 Substitution

Substitution (Bristol Rovers) makes a substitution, with Eliot Richards coming on for Matthew Lund.

77:51

Freddy Eastwood is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Tom Parkes.

77:29

Elliot Benyon has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

73:53

Mustapha Carayol crosses the ball, Sean Clohessy manages to make a clearance.

73:08

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luke Prosser by Matt Harrold. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Ryan Hall, clearance made by Cian Bolger.

72:33

Matt Harrold concedes a free kick for a foul on Anthony Grant. Indirect free kick taken by Cameron Belford.

70:31 Substitution

Substitution Bilel Mohsni on for Mark Phillips.

66:21

Foul by Matt Harrold on Chris Barker, free kick awarded. Chris Barker takes the indirect free kick.

66:03

The ball is delivered by Elliot Benyon, Freddy Eastwood takes a shot. Save by Scott Bevan.

65:47

The ball is sent over by Lee Hills.

65:18

Craig Stanley takes the inswinging corner, Freddy Eastwood makes a clearance.

65:12

Mustapha Carayol sends in a cross, blocked by Sean Clohessy.

63:39

Dan Woodards delivers the ball, blocked by Lee Hills.

62:03

Michael Timlin has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

61:39

Mark Phillips challenges Mathew Gill unfairly and gives away a free kick. Cian Bolger takes the indirect free kick.

61:03

Inswinging corner taken by Anthony Grant from the left by-line played to the near post, Mathew Gill makes a clearance.

60:43

Shot by Freddy Eastwood from 25 yards. Dan Woodards gets a block in.

59:00 Substitution

Substitution Chris Zebroski leaves the field to be replaced by Lee Brown.

59:00 Substitution

Substitution Lee Hills replaces Christian Dailly.

58:56

The ball is delivered by Ryan Hall.

57:56

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mustapha Carayol by Sean Clohessy. Mathew Gill crosses the ball in from the free kick, Mark Phillips manages to make a clearance.

56:42

Mustapha Carayol is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Cameron Belford.

56:17

Corner taken by Ryan Hall, save by Scott Bevan.

56:09

Sean Clohessy delivers the ball, James Paterson gets a block in.

55:59

Sean Clohessy delivers the ball, clearance by Tom Parkes.

55:32

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Zebroski on Michael Timlin. Cameron Belford takes the free kick.

54:23

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Hall by Mustapha Carayol. Ryan Hall produces a cross, Freddy Eastwood has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

54:16

A cross is delivered by Christian Dailly, clearance by Tom Parkes.

53:35

Chris Zebroski produces a cross, Mustapha Carayol takes a shot. Blocked by Mark Phillips.

52:40

Chris Zebroski sends in a cross.

51:37

Free kick crossed right-footed by Craig Stanley, Mark Phillips manages to make a clearance.

51:37 Booking

Booking Luke Prosser receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

51:13

Unfair challenge on Dan Woodards by Luke Prosser results in a free kick.

49:46

Craig Stanley takes a shot from a long way out which goes wide of the right-hand post.

47:41

Sean Clohessy delivers the ball, save by Scott Bevan.

47:30

Ryan Hall produces a cross, Cian Bolger manages to make a clearance.

47:17

Unfair challenge on Anthony Grant by Mustapha Carayol results in a free kick. Anthony Grant takes the indirect free kick.

46:39

The offside flag is raised against Chris Zebroski. Cameron Belford restarts play with the free kick.

45:51

The ball is delivered by James Paterson, clearance made by Mark Phillips.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +1:23 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +0:59

Mark Phillips is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Tom Parkes.

45:00 +0:24

Unfair challenge on Luke Prosser by Matthew Lund results in a free kick. Ryan Hall crosses the ball in from the free kick.

43:58

Matt Harrold concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Phillips. Cameron Belford takes the free kick.

43:42

Ryan Hall produces a cross, Scott Bevan makes a save.

43:30

Mustapha Carayol challenges Mark Phillips unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Phillips takes the free kick.

42:35

Inswinging corner taken by Ryan Hall from the right by-line.

42:27

Sean Clohessy produces a cross, clearance by Scott Bevan.

40:40

Unfair challenge on Matthew Lund by Luke Prosser results in a free kick. Shot comes in from James Paterson from the free kick.

38:05

The referee blows for offside against Elliot Benyon. Cian Bolger restarts play with the free kick.

36:12

James Paterson takes a shot. Cameron Belford makes a save.

34:32

Mustapha Carayol takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.

33:57

Sean Clohessy challenges Chris Zebroski unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tom Parkes takes the free kick.

33:18

The ball is crossed by Mustapha Carayol, save by Cameron Belford.

32:24

Sean Clohessy produces a cross, save by Scott Bevan.

30:58

Freddy Eastwood produces a cross, save by Scott Bevan.

28:21

Freddy Eastwood takes a shot. Blocked by Tom Parkes.

26:23

Inswinging corner taken by Craig Stanley, Chris Barker makes a clearance.

26:11

Matthew Lund takes a shot. Save made by Cameron Belford.

25:47

Chris Zebroski takes a shot. Christian Dailly gets a block in.

24:38

Centre by Ryan Hall, Matthew Lund manages to make a clearance.

23:26

Ryan Hall delivers the ball.

20:34

The ball is sent over by Ryan Hall, clearance by Matthew Lund.

20:01

The ball is delivered by Chris Zebroski, Matt Harrold takes a shot. Save made by Cameron Belford.

18:19

Ryan Hall produces a cross, Cian Bolger makes a clearance.

14:42

Foul by Christian Dailly on Mustapha Carayol, free kick awarded. Craig Stanley restarts play with the free kick.

13:21

Unfair challenge on Ryan Hall by Mustapha Carayol results in a free kick. Sean Clohessy delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.

13:03

Dan Woodards fouled by Freddy Eastwood, the ref awards a free kick. Cian Bolger takes the free kick.

11:55

Shot from just outside the box by Elliot Benyon misses to the right of the goal.

11:02

Effort from the edge of the area by Chris Zebroski goes wide of the right-hand post.

10:40

The ball is delivered by Christian Dailly, save by Scott Bevan.

9:12

Foul by Mustapha Carayol on Anthony Grant, free kick awarded. Cameron Belford takes the indirect free kick.

8:41

Foul by Mark Phillips on Chris Zebroski, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Craig Stanley.

8:03

Elliot Benyon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Parkes. Free kick taken by Tom Parkes.

6:47

Foul by Chris Zebroski on Anthony Grant, free kick awarded. Cameron Belford restarts play with the free kick.

4:59

Mustapha Carayol gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Hall. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Ryan Hall, clearance made by Matt Harrold.

4:00

Shot by Craig Stanley from outside the box goes over the target.

2:45

Ryan Hall takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Tom Parkes.

2:31

Luke Prosser takes a shot. Blocked by Cian Bolger.

1:34

The ball is sent over by Ryan Hall, Cian Bolger makes a clearance.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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