Substitute Ryan Leonard scored four minutes after coming on as a substitute to earn Southend a late victory which takes them up to fifth in the table.

Leonard headed Michael Timlin's cross past new Oxford keeper Luke McCormick, who was playing his first Football League game since being jailed in 2008.

McCormick, signed from Truro City on deadline day, was barracked by the crowd but had little to do.

His opposite number Paul Smith twice denied Alfie Potter in the first half.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Southend

  • 01 Smith
  • 02 Clohessy Booked
  • 04 Spillane
  • 06 Cresswell
  • 15 Phillips
  • 23 Barker
  • 08 Timlin Booked
  • 14 Hurst (Leonard - 81' )
  • 26 Laird (Reeves - 81' )
  • 10 Corr Booked
  • 20 Assombalonga (Lavery - 67' )

Substitutes

  • 17 Bentley
  • 03 Straker
  • 18 Leonard
  • 27 Reeves
  • 16 Prosser
  • 07 Eastwood
  • 13 Lavery

Oxford Utd

  • 24 McCormick
  • 02 Batt
  • 04 Raynes
  • 06 Wright
  • 23 O'Brien (Smalley - 88' )
  • 07 Chapman
  • 14 Rigg (Davis - 67' Booked )
  • 20 Leven
  • 09 Constable
  • 15 Potter
  • 18 Richards

Substitutes

  • 31 Crocombe
  • 17 Capaldi
  • 22 Worley
  • 08 Heslop
  • 25 Parker
  • 26 Davis
  • 10 Smalley
Ref: Ward
Att: 5,596

Match Stats

Shots

7 9

On target

2 4

Corners

3 6

Fouls

11 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:59 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +3:54

Unfair challenge on Barry Corr by Justin Richards results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Ryan Cresswell.

90:00 +3:18 Booking

Booking Barry Corr is shown a yellow card for time wasting.

90:00 +3:10

Barry Corr concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Chapman. Luke McCormick restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +2:50

Short corner worked by Michael Timlin.

90:00 +1:34 Booking

Booking Liam Davis is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +1:28

Unfair challenge on Michael Timlin by Liam Davis results in a free kick. Ryan Cresswell restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +1:16

James Constable crosses the ball, Michael Timlin manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +0:35

Corner taken by Adam Chapman, Barry Corr manages to make a clearance.

89:22

Deane Smalley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Cresswell. Free kick taken by Paul Smith.

86:53 Substitution

Substitution Deane Smalley joins the action as a substitute, replacing Luke O'Brien.

86:53

Handball by James Constable. Direct free kick taken by Chris Barker.

84:45

Michael Timlin provided the assist for the goal.

84:45 Goal scored

Goal! - Ryan Leonard - Southend 1 - 0 Oxford Ryan Leonard finds the net with a headed goal from inside the box. Southend 1-0 Oxford Utd.

84:45

Michael Timlin delivers the ball,

83:11

Michael Timlin produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.

80:17 Substitution

Substitution Kevan Hurst goes off and Ryan Leonard comes on.

80:17 Substitution

Substitution (Southend) makes a substitution, with Ben Reeves coming on for Marc Laird.

80:17

Shot from outside the penalty box by Caolan Lavery goes wide right of the goal.

80:02

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Timlin by Damian Batt. Michael Timlin restarts play with the free kick.

74:40 Booking

Booking Michael Timlin booked for unsporting behaviour.

74:32

Michael Timlin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Damian Batt. Damian Batt takes the direct free kick.

73:52

Barry Corr is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Luke McCormick restarts play with the free kick.

70:43

Damian Batt produces a cross, Ryan Cresswell makes a clearance.

68:42

Kevan Hurst delivers the ball, Adam Chapman manages to make a clearance.

66:41 Substitution

Substitution Caolan Lavery is brought on as a substitute for Britt Assombalonga.

66:12 Substitution

Substitution Liam Davis comes on in place of Sean Rigg.

64:46

Peter Leven takes a shot. Michael Raynes fouled by Barry Corr, the ref awards a free kick. Luke McCormick restarts play with the free kick. Sean Clohessy gets a block in.

64:27

Foul by James Constable on Britt Assombalonga, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Kevan Hurst.

63:41

Corner taken by Peter Leven from the right by-line played to the near post.

63:32

The ball is sent over by Alfie Potter, clearance made by Ryan Cresswell.

62:28

The offside flag is raised against Barry Corr. Direct free kick taken by Luke McCormick.

61:43

Shot from just outside the box by Michael Spillane goes over the bar.

61:29

Sean Clohessy sends in a cross, Peter Leven makes a clearance.

59:02

Kevan Hurst gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Leven. Direct free kick taken by Peter Leven.

58:11

Michael Spillane gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sean Rigg. Free kick taken by Luke O'Brien.

56:51

Sean Rigg crosses the ball, clearance made by Ryan Cresswell.

55:58

The ball is sent over by Sean Rigg.

54:43

Barry Corr takes a shot. Save by Luke McCormick.

53:39

Britt Assombalonga takes a shot. Save made by Luke McCormick.

50:52

Britt Assombalonga challenges Jake Wright unfairly and gives away a free kick. Luke McCormick restarts play with the free kick.

50:23

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

46:30

Corner taken short by Kevan Hurst. Michael Timlin sends in a cross, clearance by Damian Batt. Britt Assombalonga is ruled offside. Luke McCormick takes the free kick.

46:20

A cross is delivered by Sean Clohessy, clearance made by Jake Wright.

45:31

Peter Leven takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +1:03 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

44:54

Michael Spillane concedes a free kick for a foul on Sean Rigg. Adam Chapman restarts play with the free kick.

43:42

Centre by Kevan Hurst, clearance made by Damian Batt.

43:19

A cross is delivered by Sean Rigg, Mark Phillips makes a clearance.

41:35

A cross is delivered by Kevan Hurst, clearance by Michael Raynes.

40:21 Booking

Booking The referee shows Sean Clohessy a yellow card.

40:04

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Peter Leven from the right by-line.

39:55

Damian Batt produces a cross, clearance by Ryan Cresswell.

39:13

Peter Leven takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Marc Laird.

38:51

Alfie Potter takes a shot. Save made by Paul Smith.

37:52

Unfair challenge on Michael Timlin by Peter Leven results in a free kick. Kevan Hurst takes the free kick.

37:33

Corner taken by Kevan Hurst from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Jake Wright.

35:29

Justin Richards challenges Sean Clohessy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Sean Clohessy.

34:20

Britt Assombalonga is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Luke McCormick takes the direct free kick.

33:42

Shot from deep inside the area by Damian Batt goes over the bar.

32:47

Centre by Kevan Hurst.

31:31

Sean Clohessy has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses left.

30:40

Shot from just outside the box by James Constable goes over the crossbar.

30:17

James Constable takes a shot. Ryan Cresswell gets a block in.

30:01

Luke O'Brien delivers the ball, Ryan Cresswell manages to make a clearance.

27:59

Free kick awarded for a foul by Damian Batt on Michael Timlin. Kevan Hurst takes the direct free kick.

25:30

Ryan Cresswell concedes a free kick for a foul on James Constable. Free kick taken by Damian Batt.

21:17

Kevan Hurst has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

18:09

The ball is delivered by James Constable, clearance made by Ryan Cresswell. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Adam Chapman played to the near post, Kevan Hurst manages to make a clearance.

17:34

The ball is crossed by Alfie Potter, Mark Phillips manages to make a clearance.

15:59

Damian Batt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Timlin. Free kick taken by Chris Barker.

15:08

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Leven by Barry Corr. Jake Wright restarts play with the free kick.

14:37

Effort from the edge of the box by James Constable goes wide of the left-hand upright.

14:09

The ball is swung over by Sean Clohessy, save by Luke McCormick.

11:16

Unfair challenge on Luke O'Brien by Barry Corr results in a free kick. Jake Wright restarts play with the free kick.

11:05

Handball decision goes against Marc Laird. Direct free kick taken by Michael Raynes.

6:02

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alfie Potter by Michael Timlin. Peter Leven takes the free kick.

4:48

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Cresswell by James Constable. Ryan Cresswell takes the direct free kick.

3:04

Marc Laird is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Peter Leven.

0:33

Alfie Potter takes a shot. Alfie Potter produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post. Save by Paul Smith.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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