Burton Albion ended Southend's 14-match unbeaten run with two first-half goals at the Pirelli Stadium.

Calvin Zola nipped in for his 11th goal of the season when a free-kick eluded Shrimpers defender Ryan Cresswell.

The visitors had plenty of possession but little fell for them in the box and the home side doubled the lead when Lee Bell's 25-yard shot was deflected in.

Albion's Nathan Stanton was sent off for a second yellow card but they held on for a third successive home win.

Southend, who came from 2-0 down to salvage a point against Bradford City two weeks ago, never looked like repeating the feat, but remain fourth in the League Two table going into the new year, with Burton climbing one place to seventh.

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Burton Albion manager Gary Rowett told BBC Radio Derby:

"I thought we were magnificent today in terms of our effort and our work-rate and we've created some good opportunities.

"You know you're not going to create as many as you like to against a team like Southend.

"I don't think they've conceded an awful lot of goals in the last 10 games and they've been on a fantastic run. But we've proved again that if we're on our metal and we do the right things and we work hard as a team we'll cause anyone trouble."

Match Stats

Shots

12 11

On target

8 6

Corners

4 7

Fouls

12 16

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:43 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +0:33

Gavin Tomlin takes a shot. Blocked by Zander Diamond.

89:25

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robbie Weir by Freddy Eastwood. Free kick taken by Dean Lyness.

89:15

Ryan Cresswell takes a shot. Jacques Maghoma gets a block in.

85:34

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sean Clohessy on Jacques Maghoma. Jacques Maghoma takes the direct free kick.

84:46

Kevan Hurst sends in a cross, Aaron Webster makes a clearance.

83:36

Free kick awarded for a foul by David Martin on Jack Dyer. Zander Diamond takes the free kick.

83:23

Jacques Maghoma takes a shot. Save by Paul Smith.

82:18

Unfair challenge on Aaron Webster by Ryan Cresswell results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Dean Lyness.

80:39

Calvin Zola takes a shot. Save by Paul Smith. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jacques Maghoma by Kevan Hurst. Strike on goal comes in from Lee Bell from the free kick.

78:47

Luke Prosser concedes a free kick for a foul on Calvin Zola. Strike on goal comes in from Jack Dyer from the free kick, save made by Paul Smith.

77:16

David Martin produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

76:29

Mark Phillips gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Lyness. Direct free kick taken by Dean Lyness.

76:08

Free kick taken by Kevan Hurst.

74:35 Substitution

Substitution Aaron Webster comes on in place of Billy Kee.

74:35 Substitution

Substitution Freddy Eastwood comes on in place of Marc Laird.

74:35 Dismissal

Dismissal Nathan Stanton dismissed for second bookable offence.

74:01 Booking

Booking Luke Prosser shown a yellow card.

73:14

Free kick awarded for a foul by Anthony O'Connor on Gavin Tomlin.

71:56

Billy Kee takes a shot. Kevan Hurst gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Jack Dyer.

67:46 Substitution

Substitution Mark Phillips on for Barry Corr.

67:46 Substitution

Substitution David Martin on for Tamika Mkandawire.

65:42

Barry Corr is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Dean Lyness.

64:55

Foul by Nathan Stanton on Kevan Hurst, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Kevan Hurst.

60:50

Unfair challenge on Robbie Weir by Tamika Mkandawire results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Zander Diamond.

58:58

The ball is delivered by Jack Dyer, Paul Smith makes a save.

54:52

Strike comes in from Michael Timlin from the free kick, save by Dean Lyness.

54:52 Booking

Booking Nathan Stanton goes into the book.

54:15

Barry Corr fouled by Nathan Stanton, the ref awards a free kick.

53:59

Free kick awarded for a foul by Robbie Weir on Michael Timlin. Michael Timlin restarts play with the free kick.

53:21

Shot by Calvin Zola from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

52:57

Gavin Tomlin takes a shot. Blocked by Zander Diamond.

49:05

Marc Laird gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jacques Maghoma. Damien McCrory takes the direct free kick.

47:22

Corner taken right-footed by Jack Dyer to the near post, Tamika Mkandawire manages to make a clearance.

46:38

Marc Laird gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Bell. Zander Diamond restarts play with the free kick.

45:42

Luke Prosser takes a shot. Save by Dean Lyness.

45:18

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gavin Tomlin by Lee Bell. Sean Clohessy takes the free kick.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +2:08 Half time

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

45:00 +1:23

Corner taken right-footed by Jack Dyer.

44:32

Billy Kee takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.

43:02

Damien McCrory produces a cross, clearance made by Ryan Cresswell.

40:26

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Kevan Hurst from the left by-line to the near post, save by Dean Lyness. Chris Barker takes a shot. Save by Dean Lyness.

38:48

Effort from the edge of the box by Kevan Hurst goes wide of the right-hand upright.

38:32

Michael Timlin decides to take the corner short.

37:36

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Kevan Hurst, save by Dean Lyness.

36:14

Free kick awarded for a foul by Zander Diamond on Tamika Mkandawire. Tamika Mkandawire takes the direct free kick.

35:04

Assist on the goal came from Calvin Zola.

35:04 Goal scored

Goal! - Lee Bell - Burton 2 - 0 Southend Lee Bell fires in a goal from just outside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Burton Albion 2-0 Southend.

34:12

Lee Bell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Timlin. Michael Timlin restarts play with the free kick.

32:59

Corner taken by Jack Dyer, Gavin Tomlin manages to make a clearance.

32:46

Calvin Zola fouled by Ryan Cresswell, the ref awards a free kick. Billy Kee takes the direct free kick.

31:20

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

29:25

Dean Lyness fouled by Ryan Cresswell, the ref awards a free kick. Dean Lyness takes the direct free kick.

27:20

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Barry Corr by Robbie Weir. Kevan Hurst takes the direct free kick.

25:59

Zander Diamond challenges Gavin Tomlin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kevan Hurst takes the direct free kick. Michael Timlin takes a shot. Dean Lyness makes a save. Kevan Hurst decides to take the corner short. The ball is swung over by Kevan Hurst, Zander Diamond makes a clearance.

24:57

Kevan Hurst produces a cross, Dean Lyness makes a save.

24:15

Corner from the right by-line taken by Kevan Hurst, clearance made by Calvin Zola.

22:10

Corner taken by Kevan Hurst from the right by-line, save by Dean Lyness.

19:25

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

19:10

Billy Kee takes a shot. Save by Paul Smith.

18:18

Sean Clohessy challenges Jacques Maghoma unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dean Lyness restarts play with the free kick.

15:31

The assist for the goal came from Lee Bell.

15:31 Goal scored

Goal! - Calvin Zola - Burton 1 - 0 Southend Calvin Zola scores a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Burton Albion 1-0 Southend.

14:52

The referee blows for offside. Dean Lyness takes the free kick.

12:39

Jack Dyer fouled by Tamika Mkandawire, the ref awards a free kick. Jack Dyer takes the free kick. Calvin Zola has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.

10:30

Calvin Zola challenges Luke Prosser unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Barker takes the direct free kick.

8:31

Sean Clohessy produces a cross, clearance by Anthony O'Connor. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Kevan Hurst, Marc Laird gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Zander Diamond. Direct free kick taken by Dean Lyness.

7:34

A cross is delivered by Jack Dyer, Robbie Weir takes a shot. Save by Paul Smith.

5:58

Jack Dyer challenges Barry Corr unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kevan Hurst takes the direct free kick.

5:14

Anthony O'Connor is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Paul Smith.

3:42

Nathan Stanton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Timlin. Direct free kick taken by Chris Barker.

3:06

The referee blows for offside against Gavin Tomlin. Dean Lyness takes the indirect free kick.

1:11

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Zander Diamond by Marc Laird. Direct free kick taken by Dean Lyness.

0:00

The match begins.

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