Southend moved up to fourth position in League Two with a win over Rochdale, who dropped out of the play-off places.

Dale went ahead when on-loan striker Terry Gornell headed his first goal for the club from a Phil Edwards cross.

But the Shrimpers responded quickly, with Britt Assombalonga firing in from 18 yards to level the scores.

Gavin Tomlin put the hosts in front after Josh Lillis could only parry Michael Timlin's cross, before Marc Laird chipped Lillis to seal the win.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Southend United manager Paul Sturrock told BBC Essex:

"I was worried about the freshness of them after us playing Tuesday night, but we got stronger as the game went on.

"I didn't put a sub on, it was different class to see the boys running as hard in the 90th minute as the first. They've rolled their sleeves up and they deserved it in the end.

"Their work-rate, their attitude, everything was fantastic.

"Now we've got a settled side, they've played three or four games together, they all know what we are looking for. The system seems to be ideal for the players we've got."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (1)

Southend United

  • 01 Smith
  • 02 Clohessy
  • 06 Cresswell
  • 15 Phillips
  • 23 Barker
  • 27 Mkandawire
  • 08 Timlin
  • 14 Hurst
  • 26 Laird Booked
  • 20 Assombalonga
  • 21 Tomlin

Substitutes

  • 17 Bentley
  • 16 Prosser
  • 11 Martin
  • 19 Spicer
  • 30 Woodyard
  • 07 Eastwood
  • 10 Corr

Rochdale

  • 01 Lillis
  • 03 Bennett Booked
  • 04 Cavanagh
  • 05 R Edwards
  • 12 P Edwards
  • 14 McIntyre
  • 07 Kennedy
  • 08 Tutte
  • 15 Adebola Booked (Donnelly - 74' )
  • 22 Grant
  • 27 Gornell

Substitutes

  • 31 Smith
  • 02 Rafferty
  • 19 Pearson
  • 11 Grimes
  • 13 Putterill
  • 23 Craney
  • 09 Donnelly
Ref: Carl Berry
Att: 5,216

Match Stats

Shots

10 17

On target

6 11

Corners

4 11

Fouls

12 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:07 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +3:22

Britt Assombalonga produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

90:00 +1:02

Effort from the edge of the box by Bobby Grant goes wide of the right-hand upright.

90:00 +0:14

Kevin McIntyre gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Britt Assombalonga. Free kick crossed right-footed by Kevan Hurst, save made by Josh Lillis.

88:59

Kevan Hurst sends in a cross.

88:26

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Bobby Grant from the right by-line to the near post. Andrew Tutte takes a shot. Save by Paul Smith.

88:14

Bobby Grant takes a shot. Ryan Cresswell gets a block in.

86:21

Kevin McIntyre sends in a cross, Sean Clohessy makes a clearance.

83:43

Effort on goal by George Donnelly from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.

83:29

Chris Barker crosses the ball, save by Josh Lillis.

82:10

Corner from the right by-line taken by Bobby Grant, free kick awarded for a foul by Terry Gornell on Paul Smith. Paul Smith takes the free kick.

79:27

Short corner worked by Kevan Hurst.

76:28

Assist by Britt Assombalonga.

76:28 Goal scored

Goal! - Marc Laird - Southend 3 - 1 Rochdale Marc Laird finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Southend 3-1 Rochdale.

75:51

Unfair challenge on Kevin McIntyre by Gavin Tomlin results in a free kick. Bobby Grant takes the direct free kick.

75:09

Gavin Tomlin takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.

74:36

Kevan Hurst produces a cross, Ryan Edwards makes a clearance.

73:51 Substitution

Substitution George Donnelly joins the action as a substitute, replacing Dele Adebola.

69:22

Terry Gornell concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Phillips. Ryan Cresswell restarts play with the free kick.

69:00

Michael Timlin sends in a cross.

68:01

Free kick taken by Kevan Hurst.

68:01 Booking

Booking The referee shows Rhys Bennett a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

67:51

Rhys Bennett concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Timlin.

65:49

The ball is sent over by Sean Clohessy, clearance made by Peter Cavanagh.

65:41

The ball is delivered by Michael Timlin, Ryan Edwards makes a clearance.

62:33

Bobby Grant takes a shot. Paul Smith makes a save.

61:20

Direct free kick taken by Bobby Grant.

61:20 Booking

Booking Marc Laird shown a yellow card.

61:09

Marc Laird challenges Bobby Grant unfairly and gives away a free kick.

59:30

Kevin McIntyre fouled by Kevan Hurst, the ref awards a free kick. Peter Cavanagh takes the free kick.

58:32

Michael Timlin provided the assist for the goal.

58:32 Goal scored

Goal! - Gavin Tomlin - Southend 2 - 1 Rochdale Gavin Tomlin finds the net with a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Southend 2-1 Rochdale.

58:12

Michael Timlin crosses the ball, Josh Lillis makes a save.

57:14

Andrew Tutte fouled by Marc Laird, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Peter Cavanagh.

56:14

Assist on the goal came from Marc Laird.

56:14 Goal scored

Goal! - Britt Assombalonga - Southend 1 - 1 Rochdale Britt Assombalonga fires in a goal from just outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Southend 1-1 Rochdale.

55:37

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Bobby Grant played to the near post, clearance made by Michael Timlin.

55:25

Jason Kennedy takes a shot. Save by Paul Smith.

54:42

Outswinging corner taken by Jason Kennedy from the right by-line.

54:07

Short corner taken by Jason Kennedy, A cross is delivered by Andrew Tutte, clearance made by Michael Timlin.

53:57

Terry Gornell takes a shot. Mark Phillips gets a block in.

49:32

Phil Edwards provided the assist for the goal.

49:32 Goal scored

Goal! - Terry Gornell - Southend 0 - 1 Rochdale Terry Gornell finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Southend 0-1 Rochdale.

49:27

Phil Edwards produces a cross,

48:41

The ball is swung over by Michael Timlin, save made by Josh Lillis.

45:27

Bobby Grant has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +2:09 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

45:00 +1:39

Short corner taken by Bobby Grant from the left by-line.

45:00 +0:19

Bobby Grant takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan Cresswell. Bobby Grant fouled by Marc Laird, the ref awards a free kick. Strike comes in from Bobby Grant from the free kick, save by Paul Smith.

44:44

Terry Gornell is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Paul Smith takes the free kick.

44:17

Chris Barker challenges Terry Gornell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Bobby Grant restarts play with the free kick.

43:04

Sean Clohessy takes the direct free kick.

43:04 Booking

Booking Booking for Dele Adebola for unsporting behaviour.

42:32

Dele Adebola challenges Ryan Cresswell unfairly and gives away a free kick.

41:23

Phil Edwards gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gavin Tomlin. Free kick taken by Paul Smith.

41:12

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Bobby Grant from the left by-line, Ryan Cresswell makes a clearance.

40:52

The ball is crossed by Terry Gornell, Sean Clohessy makes a clearance.

39:36

Shot on goal by Mark Phillips from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

39:00

Corner taken by Kevan Hurst from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Dele Adebola.

38:07

The ball is sent over by Michael Timlin, save made by Josh Lillis.

37:18

Gavin Tomlin fouled by Rhys Bennett, the ref awards a free kick. Kevan Hurst delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.

35:19

Andrew Tutte fouled by Michael Timlin, the ref awards a free kick. Bobby Grant shoots direct from the free kick.

33:56

The ball is swung over by Sean Clohessy, clearance made by Rhys Bennett.

30:20

The ball is delivered by Sean Clohessy, Rhys Bennett manages to make a clearance.

30:07

Foul by Jason Kennedy on Michael Timlin, free kick awarded. Marc Laird restarts play with the free kick.

28:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dele Adebola by Mark Phillips. Free kick taken by Peter Cavanagh.

25:36

Corner taken right-footed by Kevan Hurst from the left by-line, Dele Adebola makes a clearance.

25:25

Britt Assombalonga crosses the ball, Rhys Bennett makes a clearance.

23:54

Corner taken by Bobby Grant from the right by-line to the near post, Effort from deep inside the area by Phil Edwards clears the bar.

23:10

Jason Kennedy takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Michael Timlin makes a clearance.

21:52

The ball is crossed by Andrew Tutte, Terry Gornell takes a shot. Save by Paul Smith.

21:07

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sean Clohessy by Kevin McIntyre. Sean Clohessy takes the direct free kick.

19:47

Ryan Cresswell fouled by Dele Adebola, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Smith.

19:12

Marc Laird challenges Jason Kennedy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Kevin McIntyre.

17:32

Bobby Grant takes a shot from 35 yards and missed to the right of the goal.

16:50

Kevan Hurst sends in a cross, save made by Josh Lillis.

15:05

Centre by Phil Edwards, Ryan Cresswell manages to make a clearance.

14:20

Gavin Tomlin challenges Rhys Bennett unfairly and gives away a free kick. Josh Lillis restarts play with the free kick.

13:47

Bobby Grant produces a cross.

13:15

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dele Adebola by Mark Phillips. Direct free kick taken by Peter Cavanagh.

12:20

Kevan Hurst takes a shot. Josh Lillis makes a save.

10:55

Kevan Hurst crosses the ball, Phil Edwards manages to make a clearance. Tamika Mkandawire takes a shot. Phil Edwards gets a block in. Britt Assombalonga takes a shot. Save by Josh Lillis. Dele Adebola takes a shot. Save by Paul Smith.

10:40

The ball is crossed by Kevan Hurst, clearance by Phil Edwards.

8:56

Britt Assombalonga is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Josh Lillis.

8:39

Short corner taken by Michael Timlin from the left by-line.

8:24

Headed effort from inside the area by Britt Assombalonga strikes the post.

6:39

The ball is swung over by Michael Timlin, Ryan Edwards makes a clearance.

5:06

Phil Edwards crosses the ball, Dele Adebola takes a shot. Save made by Paul Smith.

4:48

Britt Assombalonga concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin McIntyre. Peter Cavanagh restarts play with the free kick.

3:01

Corner taken short by Jason Kennedy.

1:41

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jason Kennedy from the left by-line, save by Paul Smith.

0:00

The game begins.

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