Phil Brown secured his first victory as Southend boss by defeating struggling Aldershot, who remain rooted to the bottom of the Football League.

Peter Vincenti and Michael Rankine went close for the Shots early on.

However, after the Shrimpers saw Britt Assombalonga hit the post, they went ahead 20 minutes from time when Barr Corr finished in a goalmouth scramble.

And Assombalonga ensured Brown victory at the sixth attempt from the penalty spot after being tripped by Troy Brown.

The Shots are now four points away from safety following Torquay's 3-2 win over Barnet, with just two games to play, meaning they are in severe danger of dropping into non-league.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Aldershot Town manager Andy Scott told BBC Surrey:

"We probably dominated that game more than any all season. The two [refereeing] decisions for both the goals were really poor ones and the penalty, everyone in the ground cannot believe he gave that one - he's had a bad night.

"It's the story of the season, if you don't score goals you don't win games but we haven't got goalscorers who can put the ball into the net and you need someone to put it in.

"I think the organisation has been good - when you're not scoring goals and when you make a mistake you put yourself under pressure and you can't expect the back four to keep clean sheets.

"It's not over yet. We need something to bounce for us and we need someone to get on the end of something."

Southend United manager Phil Brown told BBC Essex:

"It feels magnificent. With the exception of a little bit of pressure towards the end, I thought we were comfortable winners.

"They've shown me what they are capable of in terms of power and energy, he hard sell, the difficult part of the game.

"They've had four strikers on at the end of the game and we've managed to keep a clean sheet.

"When your back four is working as hard as what they are, and the midfield three and then the front three are doing the business at the other end you've got to be happy."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Aldershot

  • 21 Young
  • 02 Herd
  • 03 Tonkin Booked
  • 05 Brown (Goulding - 78' )
  • 11 Vincenti (Mekki - 72' )
  • 23 Bradley Booked
  • 18 Stanley
  • 24 Hall
  • 31 Rose
  • 09 Rankine
  • 15 McCallum Booked (Reid - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 29 Morris
  • 06 Lancashire
  • 16 Berqvrst
  • 12 Risser
  • 17 Mekki
  • 20 Reid
  • 26 Goulding

Southend United

  • 17 Bentley
  • 02 Clohessy
  • 03 Straker Booked
  • 06 Cresswell
  • 18 Leonard
  • 29 Mkandawire
  • 12 Lund
  • 26 Laird
  • 07 Eastwood (Barker - 86' )
  • 10 Corr (Pinnock - 90' )
  • 20 Assombalonga

Substitutes

  • 33 Chambers
  • 15 Phillips
  • 23 Barker
  • 27 Reeves
  • 14 Hurst
  • 34 Pinnock
  • 21 Tomlin
Ref: Kettle
Att: 2,568

Match Stats

Shots

14 4

On target

6 2

Corners

12 2

Fouls

14 17

Live Text Commentary

94:59 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +4:28

Inswinging corner taken by Adam Mekki from the right by-line, Michael Rankine has a headed effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

90:00 +4:00

Jeff Goulding delivers the ball, clearance by Ryan Cresswell. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Danny Rose, Ryan Leonard makes a clearance.

90:00 +2:55 Substitution

Substitution Barry Corr leaves the field to be replaced by Mitch Pinnock.

90:00 +1:58

Anthony Straker takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +1:58 Booking

Booking Anthony Tonkin goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +1:56

Foul by Anthony Tonkin on Britt Assombalonga, free kick awarded.

90:00 +1:11

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Leonard by Danny Rose. Direct free kick taken by Chris Barker.

90:00 +0:38

Anthony Straker crosses the ball, Anthony Tonkin manages to make a clearance. Anthony Straker sends in a cross, clearance by Sonny Bradley.

89:47

Craig Stanley delivers the ball, Ryan Cresswell manages to make a clearance.

88:28

Craig Reid takes a shot. Britt Assombalonga gets a block in. Chris Barker concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Rankine. Free kick crossed left-footed by Danny Rose from right wing, save made by Daniel Bentley.

87:43

Direct free kick taken by Chris Barker. Craig Stanley delivers the ball, save by Daniel Bentley.

87:43 Booking

Booking Sonny Bradley is shown a yellow card.

87:42

Unfair challenge on Barry Corr by Sonny Bradley results in a free kick.

86:58

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

86:08

The ball is sent over by Ben Herd. Inswinging corner taken by Danny Rose from the right by-line, Sean Clohessy makes a clearance.

85:07 Substitution

Substitution Chris Barker comes on in place of Freddy Eastwood.

84:41

Sean Clohessy produces a cross.

83:57

A cross is delivered by Danny Rose, Jeff Goulding takes a shot. Clearance by Ryan Cresswell.

82:27

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Rankine by Britt Assombalonga. Danny Rose crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Craig Stanley.

81:48

Danny Rose takes a shot. Save by Daniel Bentley.

80:10

Unfair challenge on Freddy Eastwood by Anthony Tonkin results in a free kick. Matthew Lund restarts play with the free kick.

77:52 Substitution

Substitution Troy Brown leaves the field to be replaced by Jeff Goulding.

77:17 Goal scored

Goal! - Britt Assombalonga - Aldershot 0 - 2 Southend Power penalty scored by Britt Assombalonga. Aldershot 0-2 Southend.

76:13

Troy Brown gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Britt Assombalonga.

75:57

Asa Hall takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan Cresswell.

74:52

Danny Rose takes the inswinging corner, Michael Rankine has a headed effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

73:03

Effort from inside the area by Danny Rose misses to the right of the target.

71:49

Direct free kick taken by Jamie Young.

71:49 Substitution

Substitution (Aldershot) makes a substitution, with Adam Mekki coming on for Peter Vincenti.

71:49

Britt Assombalonga challenges Troy Brown unfairly and gives away a free kick.

70:33 Substitution

Substitution Paul McCallum goes off and Craig Reid comes on.

69:34 Goal scored

Goal! - Barry Corr - Aldershot 0 - 1 Southend Barry Corr finds the net with a goal from inside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Aldershot 0-1 Southend.

68:47

Outswinging corner taken by Freddy Eastwood from the right by-line.

67:10

Peter Vincenti challenges Matthew Lund unfairly and gives away a free kick. Anthony Straker restarts play with the free kick.

66:36

The ball is delivered by Peter Vincenti.

64:49

Free kick crossed right-footed by Freddy Eastwood from right wing.

64:49 Booking

Booking Paul McCallum receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

64:43

Paul McCallum challenges Matthew Lund unfairly and gives away a free kick.

63:12

Sean Clohessy crosses the ball, clearance by Sonny Bradley. Matthew Lund sends in a cross.

59:41

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Danny Rose from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Ryan Leonard. Danny Rose takes a inswinging corner to the near post.

59:05

Inswinging corner taken by Danny Rose from the right by-line played to the near post, Ryan Cresswell manages to make a clearance.

58:35

Britt Assombalonga concedes a free kick for a foul on Ben Herd. Direct free kick taken by Ben Herd.

57:40

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Vincenti by Marc Laird. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Young.

56:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ben Herd on Britt Assombalonga. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Lund.

54:51

The offside flag is raised against Barry Corr. Indirect free kick taken by Jamie Young.

54:04

Foul by Peter Vincenti on Daniel Bentley, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Bentley.

53:25

Effort from the edge of the area by Britt Assombalonga strikes the post.

53:06

Effort on goal by Craig Stanley from 20 yards. Daniel Bentley makes a comfortable save.

51:36

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Stanley by Marc Laird. Danny Rose delivers the ball, Close range header by Michael Rankine goes over the crossbar.

51:04

Barry Corr gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Stanley. Direct free kick taken by Craig Stanley.

49:19

Jamie Young takes the direct free kick. A cross is delivered by Michael Rankine, Anthony Straker makes a clearance.

49:19 Booking

Booking Anthony Straker goes into the referee's book for dissent.

48:41

Sean Clohessy delivers the ball, Unfair challenge on Peter Vincenti by Anthony Straker results in a free kick.

47:56

Danny Rose crosses the ball, Michael Rankine takes a shot. Daniel Bentley makes a comfortable save.

46:12

Freddy Eastwood challenges Ben Herd unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jamie Young restarts play with the free kick.

45:18

Freddy Eastwood is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jamie Young takes the direct free kick.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +1:00 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00

Troy Brown gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Barry Corr. Matthew Lund takes the free kick.

44:26

A cross is delivered by Peter Vincenti.

43:33

Matthew Lund gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Rose. Craig Stanley crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Ryan Cresswell makes a clearance.

41:38

The ball is swung over by Sean Clohessy, blocked by Danny Rose.

40:52

A cross is delivered by Britt Assombalonga.

40:41

Sonny Bradley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Britt Assombalonga. Direct free kick taken by Barry Corr.

39:04

The assistant referee flags for offside against Sean Clohessy. Jamie Young takes the direct free kick.

36:43

The ball is swung over by Ben Herd, Paul McCallum takes a shot. Save made by Daniel Bentley. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Danny Rose, free kick awarded for a foul by Sonny Bradley on Ryan Cresswell. Daniel Bentley restarts play with the free kick.

35:42

Centre by Freddy Eastwood.

35:19

The ball is delivered by Britt Assombalonga.

33:57

Barry Corr gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ben Herd. Free kick crossed by Danny Rose.

32:16

Britt Assombalonga concedes a free kick for a foul on Ben Herd. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Danny Rose, Daniel Bentley makes a save.

29:38

The ball is swung over by Michael Rankine, save by Daniel Bentley.

29:19

Danny Rose produces a cross, clearance made by Tamika Mkandawire.

27:47

Peter Vincenti takes a shot. Save made by Daniel Bentley.

23:11

The ball is swung over by Peter Vincenti.

20:58

Britt Assombalonga gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sonny Bradley. Jamie Young restarts play with the free kick.

19:46

Free kick awarded for a foul by Anthony Straker on Michael Rankine. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Danny Rose, Daniel Bentley makes a save.

18:57

Peter Vincenti has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.

18:18

The ball is crossed by Asa Hall.

17:47

Centre by Freddy Eastwood, Barry Corr takes a shot. Blocked by Troy Brown.

14:43

Freddy Eastwood takes the outswinging corner, Barry Corr takes a shot. Save made by Jamie Young.

11:07

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Leonard on Danny Rose. Free kick taken by Anthony Tonkin.

9:20

Danny Rose fouled by Sean Clohessy, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Craig Stanley.

7:40

Corner from the right by-line taken by Danny Rose, The ball is swung over by Asa Hall, clearance by Ryan Cresswell.

6:26

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sean Clohessy by Ben Herd. Ryan Cresswell takes the direct free kick.

5:23

Unfair challenge on Peter Vincenti by Matthew Lund results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Danny Rose, save by Daniel Bentley.

4:31

Corner taken by Danny Rose. Corner taken by Danny Rose played to the near post, Matthew Lund manages to make a clearance.

3:01

Foul by Asa Hall on Matthew Lund, free kick awarded. Tamika Mkandawire restarts play with the free kick.

2:07

The offside flag is raised against Freddy Eastwood. Jamie Young takes the direct free kick.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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