Southend saw off League Two strugglers Bristol Rovers, who were reduced to 10 men late on.

Fabian Broghammer fired home at the second time of asking for the hosts, but Gavin Tomlin slotted in for 1-1.

Kevan Hurst stroked the Shrimpers ahead on the stroke of half-time and Ryan Cresswell headed in a third.

David Clarkson's penalty made it 3-2 after Eliot Richards was fouled by Sean Clohessy, but substitute Oliver Norburn was sent off for fouling Ryan Leonard.

Rovers are now just one point clear of the League Two relegation places, while Southend are two points off the play-offs.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Southend United manager Paul Sturrock told BBC Essex:

"The first half I think we dominated. We lost a bad goal, but it could have been 3-1 or 4-1 at half-time. I thought we were excellent.

"Then we decided we'd defend and keep what we had and that always brings teams down on top of you.

"There's been some good performances from us this year, we've got to get a consistency now, we've got to start putting points on the board.

"I'm pleased the players responded properly, it's a hard place to come, I'm sure other teams will have a problem here."

Bristol Rovers manager Mark McGhee told BBC Radio Bristol:

"We're hugely disappointed with the result and I'm disappointed by the first-half performance.

"It's frustrating because I know we have a better performance in us.

"I think we have to create something for the supporters to get behind. When you go 3-1 down, how can you expect them to be behind us?

"They didn't put any pressure on the players and they're showing a fantastic tolerance, but it's going to run out. We need to get better results."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Bristol Rovers

  • 38 Etheridge
  • 05 Kenneth
  • 06 Parks
  • 11 Broghammer
  • 14 Brown
  • 03 Paterson (Brown - 46' )
  • 25 Clucas (Norburn - 46' Dismissed )
  • 26 Lund
  • 07 Clarkson
  • 27 Riordan
  • 32 Eaves (Richard - 63' )

Substitutes

  • 28 Walker
  • 02 Smith
  • 04 Woodards
  • 15 Norburn
  • 21 Brown
  • 31 Hunter
  • 10 Richard

Southend

  • 01 Smith
  • 02 Clohessy
  • 06 Cresswell
  • 15 Phillips Booked
  • 23 Barker
  • 27 Mkandawire
  • 08 Timlin
  • 14 Hurst
  • 26 Laird
  • 20 Assombalonga (Corr - 90' )
  • 21 Tomlin Booked (Leonard - 73' )

Substitutes

  • 17 Bentley
  • 03 Straker
  • 18 Leonard
  • 11 Martin
  • 30 Woodyard
  • 07 Eastwood
  • 10 Corr
Ref: Drysdale
Att: 4,721

Match Stats

Shots

20 15

On target

7 11

Corners

8 4

Fouls

7 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:26 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +4:57

Wayne Brown produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.

90:00 +3:28

Free kick taken by Sean Clohessy.

90:00 +3:28 Substitution

Substitution Barry Corr joins the action as a substitute, replacing Britt Assombalonga.

90:00 +3:28

Tom Parkes challenges Britt Assombalonga unfairly and gives away a free kick.

90:00 +2:23

The ball is delivered by Tom Parkes, save by Paul Smith.

90:00 +1:19

Eliot Richards gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevan Hurst. Direct free kick taken by Paul Smith.

87:05

Direct free kick taken by Paul Smith.

87:05 Dismissal

Dismissal Oliver Norburn dismissed for violent conduct.

87:00

Ryan Leonard fouled by Oliver Norburn, the ref awards a free kick.

86:43

Matthew Lund delivers the ball, clearance made by Mark Phillips.

85:21

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

84:28 Goal scored

Goal! - David Clarkson - Bristol R 2 - 3 Southend Penalty taken right-footed by David Clarkson and scored. Bristol Rovers 2-3 Southend.

83:21

Sean Clohessy concedes a Penalty for a foul on Eliot Richards.

82:44

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Timlin by Oliver Norburn. Direct free kick taken by Paul Smith.

82:05

Britt Assombalonga has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.

81:05

Shot from just outside the box by Britt Assombalonga goes over the bar.

80:25

Effort from the edge of the box by Derek Riordan goes wide of the right-hand upright.

80:12

Centre by Lee Brown, clearance made by Chris Barker.

79:48

Britt Assombalonga challenges Fabian Broghammer unfairly and gives away a free kick. Neil Etheridge restarts play with the free kick.

78:45

The offside flag is raised against Britt Assombalonga. Free kick taken by Neil Etheridge.

77:30

Centre by Matthew Lund, Tamika Mkandawire makes a clearance.

77:16

Lee Brown delivers the ball, Ryan Cresswell makes a clearance.

76:14

Free kick crossed by Lee Brown, Ryan Cresswell manages to make a clearance.

76:14 Booking

Booking Booking for Mark Phillips for unsporting behaviour.

76:08

Eliot Richards fouled by Mark Phillips, the ref awards a free kick.

73:51

The ball is delivered by Fabian Broghammer, Eliot Richards takes a shot. Blocked by Mark Phillips. Lee Brown takes the outswinging corner, Ryan Cresswell manages to make a clearance.

72:58 Substitution

Substitution (Southend) makes a substitution, with Ryan Leonard coming on for Gavin Tomlin.

72:31

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

70:39

Fabian Broghammer delivers the ball, Oliver Norburn produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.

68:54

Effort from 25 yards by Oliver Norburn. Blocked by Mark Phillips. The offside flag is raised against Tamika Mkandawire. Free kick taken by Tom Parkes.

68:30

Unfair challenge on Matthew Lund by Michael Timlin results in a free kick. Oliver Norburn takes the direct free kick.

67:48

Britt Assombalonga has an effort at goal from 18 yards. Save made by Neil Etheridge.

66:48

Matthew Lund sends in a cross.

65:35

The ball is crossed by David Clarkson, Shot from close in by Matthew Lund misses to the left of the target.

64:54

Foul by Marc Laird on David Clarkson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Garry Kenneth.

63:45

The assist for the goal came from Kevan Hurst.

63:45 Goal scored

Goal! - Ryan Cresswell - Bristol R 1 - 3 Southend Ryan Cresswell grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Bristol Rovers 1-3 Southend.

63:18

Corner from the left by-line taken by Kevan Hurst,

62:31 Substitution

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

62:04

Matthew Lund delivers the ball, Paul Smith makes a save.

59:26

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Lee Brown from the right by-line, Garry Kenneth takes a shot. Mark Phillips manages to make a clearance.

58:02

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

57:13

David Clarkson produces a cross, clearance by Mark Phillips. Corner taken by Derek Riordan from the right by-line, Tom Parkes takes a shot. Clearance made by Michael Timlin.

55:54

The assistant referee flags for offside against Ryan Cresswell. Garry Kenneth takes the free kick.

55:05

Britt Assombalonga takes a shot. Blocked by Garry Kenneth. Corner taken by Kevan Hurst, Neil Etheridge makes a save.

52:38

The ball is sent over by Derek Riordan, Mark Phillips gets a block in. Short corner taken by Lee Brown, David Clarkson delivers the ball, Mark Phillips manages to make a clearance.

50:45

David Clarkson produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

50:19

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

48:47

The ball is swung over by Oliver Norburn, clearance by Mark Phillips.

46:56

The ball is delivered by Fabian Broghammer, blocked by Michael Timlin. Corner taken right-footed by Derek Riordan from the right by-line, clearance by Chris Barker.

45:16

Chris Barker produces a cross, save by Neil Etheridge.

45:02 Substitution

Substitution Seanan Clucas leaves the field to be replaced by Oliver Norburn.

45:02 Substitution

Substitution Jim Paterson goes off and Wayne Brown comes on.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +3:03 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +1:52

Centre by Lee Brown, Ryan Cresswell makes a clearance.

45:00 +1:37

The ball is crossed by Tom Parkes, clearance by Ryan Cresswell.

45:00 +0:49

Corner taken by Derek Riordan, Ryan Cresswell manages to make a clearance.

45:00 +0:39

Jim Paterson produces a curled left-footed shot from 20 yards. Blocked by Marc Laird.

43:15

Assist on the goal came from Gavin Tomlin.

43:15 Goal scored

Goal! - Kevan Hurst - Bristol R 1 - 2 Southend Goal scored by Kevan Hurst from the edge of the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Bristol Rovers 1-2 Southend.

42:52

Kevan Hurst sends in a cross, clearance by Garry Kenneth.

39:12

Marc Laird provided the assist for the goal.

39:12 Goal scored

Goal! - Gavin Tomlin - Bristol R 1 - 1 Southend A goal is scored by Gavin Tomlin from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Bristol Rovers 1-1 Southend.

38:59

A cross is delivered by Matthew Lund, clearance made by Mark Phillips.

38:03

The ball is sent over by Michael Timlin, save by Neil Etheridge.

36:06 Booking

Booking Gavin Tomlin goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

34:39

Gavin Tomlin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Parkes. Neil Etheridge restarts play with the free kick.

33:27

Gavin Tomlin crosses the ball, Jim Paterson gets a block in.

33:15

The ball is swung over by Chris Barker, clearance made by Tom Parkes.

33:05

Sean Clohessy produces a cross, Garry Kenneth manages to make a clearance.

30:32

Michael Timlin has an effort at goal. Tom Parkes gets a block in.

29:58

Centre by Chris Barker, clearance by Garry Kenneth.

29:12

Derek Riordan produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.

27:14

Fabian Broghammer takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Mark Phillips makes a clearance.

26:48

The ball is delivered by Matthew Lund, Sean Clohessy makes a clearance.

26:10

David Clarkson fouled by Gavin Tomlin, the ref awards a free kick. Garry Kenneth takes the direct free kick.

25:04

Michael Timlin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matthew Lund. Neil Etheridge takes the free kick.

23:22

Derek Riordan sends in a cross, save by Paul Smith.

22:34

Michael Timlin delivers the ball, Gavin Tomlin has an effort at goal from 12 yards. Save by Neil Etheridge.

21:24

Britt Assombalonga takes a shot. Blocked by Garry Kenneth.

21:10

A cross is delivered by Matthew Lund, clearance by Mark Phillips.

20:26

Matthew Lund produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.

19:23

Tom Eaves produces a curled left-footed shot from 30 yards. Save by Paul Smith. Corner from the left by-line taken by Fabian Broghammer, Tom Eaves takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan Cresswell.

18:39

The ball is sent over by Tom Parkes, clearance by Ryan Cresswell.

17:37

The ball is delivered by Chris Barker, Britt Assombalonga takes a shot. Save by Neil Etheridge.

15:29

Gavin Tomlin sends in a cross, clearance made by Matthew Lund.

12:48

Michael Timlin delivers the ball, Ryan Cresswell takes a shot. Save made by Neil Etheridge. Short corner taken by Kevan Hurst from the right by-line, The ball is sent over by Sean Clohessy, Tom Parkes makes a clearance.

12:28

Foul by Jim Paterson on Britt Assombalonga, free kick awarded. Tamika Mkandawire takes the direct free kick.

11:44

Kevan Hurst produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.

10:25

Corner taken by Kevan Hurst, save by Neil Etheridge.

9:10 Goal scored

Goal! - Fabian Broghammer - Bristol R 1 - 0 Southend A goal is scored by Fabian Broghammer from deep inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Bristol Rovers 1-0 Southend.

8:43

Michael Timlin crosses the ball, save made by Neil Etheridge.

8:17

Sean Clohessy crosses the ball, clearance by Tom Parkes.

7:27

The ball is swung over by Fabian Broghammer, Headed effort from inside the area by Lee Brown misses to the left of the goal.

7:14

The ball is sent over by Matthew Lund, Mark Phillips manages to make a clearance.

7:01

The ball is swung over by Derek Riordan, Ryan Cresswell makes a clearance.

5:57

The ball is crossed by Matthew Lund, Tom Eaves takes a shot. Save by Paul Smith.

5:24

Shot from 12 yards by Gavin Tomlin. Neil Etheridge makes a comfortable save.

4:53

A cross is delivered by Sean Clohessy, Matthew Lund makes a clearance.

3:55

The offside flag is raised against Michael Timlin. Neil Etheridge takes the indirect free kick.

3:35

Seanan Clucas concedes a free kick for a foul on Gavin Tomlin. Kevan Hurst restarts play with the free kick.

2:47

Tom Eaves concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Cresswell. Paul Smith takes the free kick.

2:06

Michael Timlin sends in a cross, clearance made by Jim Paterson.

1:28

The ball is sent over by Gavin Tomlin, Michael Timlin produces a right-footed shot from just inside the penalty box and strikes the post.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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