Freddy Eastwood's early goal gave Southend victory at Hartlepool, despite playing the second half with 10 men.

Will Atkinson seized on Darren Holden's poor clearance five minutes in, giving Eastwood an easy close-range finish.

The home side almost levelled when James Poole saw his shot finger-tipped wide, before Shrimpers striker Barry Corr saw red right on half-time after he fouled Jack Baldwin from behind.

But Southend resisted, limiting Pools to speculative shots from distance.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Southend United manager Phil Brown told BBC Essex:

Post-match: Southend boss Brown

"I think it's marker down with the regards to the style of football we're trying to play, the work-rate, the mentality, the commitment, the togetherness. All of the things that managers really want.

"There was a lot of team spirit out there, defending and helping each other.

"I thought it was magnificent in terms of performance, and in terms of resilience and results.

"We had to be about our game, and when we went down to 10-men, it was going to be a real test of character and fitness and we showed it."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Hartlepool

  • 01 Flinders
  • 02 Austin Booked
  • 06 Baldwin Booked
  • 22 Holden
  • 35 Burgess
  • 07 Franks (Rodney - 78' )
  • 10 Poole
  • 14 Compton
  • 15 Sweeney (Walton - 18' )
  • 38 Walker
  • 33 James (Howard - 62' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Rafferty
  • 05 Collins
  • 08 Walton
  • 19 Richards
  • 37 Boagey
  • 09 Howard
  • 23 Rodney

Southend

  • 17 Bentley
  • 02 White
  • 03 Coker
  • 05 Phillips
  • 06 Prosser
  • 04 Laird (Thompson - 83' )
  • 11 Straker
  • 12 Atkinson
  • 18 Leonard
  • 07 Eastwood (Cowan - 73' )
  • 10 Corr Dismissed

Substitutes

  • 01 Smith
  • 23 Thompson
  • 08 Timlin
  • 16 Clifford
  • 21 Payne
  • 09 Reid
  • 15 Cowan
Ref: Brown
Att: 3,479

Match Stats

Shots

14 7

On target

4 2

Corners

6 1

Fouls

11 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:30 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +3:02

Daniel Bentley takes the free kick.

90:00 +2:37

Foul by Steve Howard on Mark Phillips, free kick awarded.

90:00 +1:29

Daniel Bentley restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +1:21

The assistant referee signals for offside against Jack Compton.

90:00 +0:09

John White manages to make a clearance.

90:00

The ball is delivered by Neil Austin.

87:20

Daniel Bentley takes the free kick.

87:14

Steve Howard concedes a free kick for a foul on Ben Coker.

84:53

Free kick crossed by Ben Coker.

84:37

Jack Baldwin booked for unsporting behaviour.

84:37 Booking

Booking

84:16

Jack Baldwin challenges Anthony Straker unfairly and gives away a free kick.

82:20 Substitution

Substitution Adam Thompson is brought on as a substitute for Marc Laird.

81:11

Header at goal by Nialle Rodney goes over the frame of the goal.

80:39

Jack Compton crosses the ball in from the free kick.

80:32

Marc Laird concedes a free kick for a foul on Nialle Rodney.

80:14

Mark Phillips manages to make a clearance.

80:06

Corner taken by Jack Compton from the left by-line.

79:52

The ball is crossed by Darren Holden.

79:41

Clearance made by Luke Prosser.

79:06

Clearance by Mark Phillips.

78:47

Free kick crossed by Neil Austin.

78:35

Foul by Ben Coker on Nialle Rodney, free kick awarded.

77:58

Darren Holden manages to make a clearance.

77:46

Daniel Bentley takes the free kick.

77:39 Substitution

Substitution (Hartlepool) makes a substitution, with Nialle Rodney coming on for Jonathan Franks.

76:50

Foul by Neil Austin on Anthony Straker, free kick awarded.

74:49

Bradley Walker takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.

74:22

Ryan Leonard manages to make a clearance.

74:14

Darren Holden crosses the ball in from the free kick.

74:04

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steve Howard by Mark Phillips.

73:33

Daniel Bentley takes the free kick.

73:24

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John White by Steve Howard.

73:06

Neil Austin restarts play with the free kick.

72:34 Substitution

Substitution (Southend) makes a substitution, with Don Cowan coming on for Freddy Eastwood.

72:17

Unfair challenge on Steve Howard by Mark Phillips results in a free kick.

72:01

Scott Flinders restarts play with the free kick.

71:55

Freddy Eastwood is ruled offside.

71:06

Simon Walton takes a shot and went wide right of the goal.

70:56

The ball is crossed by James Poole.

70:07

Will Atkinson has an effort at goal.

69:20

Clearance made by Bradley Walker.

68:59

Free kick taken by Daniel Bentley.

68:53

Steve Howard is ruled offside.

67:45

Scott Flinders takes the free kick.

67:21

Darren Holden fouled by Will Atkinson, the ref awards a free kick.

65:47

Simon Walton has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.

65:35

Ben Coker manages to make a clearance.

64:59

Corner taken by Jack Compton from the right by-line.

63:47

Header at goal by Luke Prosser misses to the right.

63:27

Free kick crossed by Freddy Eastwood.

62:53

Neil Austin concedes a free kick for a foul on Anthony Straker.

62:02

Clearance made by Ben Coker.

61:27 Substitution

Substitution (Hartlepool) makes a substitution, with Steve Howard coming on for Luke James.

60:50

Jack Compton takes the free kick.

60:42

John White concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Compton.

59:30

The ball is crossed by Neil Austin.

58:06

Ryan Leonard takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.

57:18

Daniel Bentley makes a clearance.

56:21

Mark Phillips makes a clearance.

56:07

Corner taken by Jonathan Franks from the left by-line.

55:03

Clearance by Christian Burgess.

54:28

John White crosses the ball in from the free kick.

54:22

Bradley Walker concedes a free kick for a foul on Will Atkinson.

53:46

Clearance by Ben Coker.

53:26

Clearance by Ben Coker.

53:02

Jack Compton crosses the ball in from the free kick.

52:53

Ben Coker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Franks.

51:45

Marc Laird takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.

51:33

Clearance made by Bradley Walker.

51:13

Free kick taken by Ben Coker.

51:05

Unfair challenge on Freddy Eastwood by Christian Burgess results in a free kick.

50:09

Shot by James Poole went wide of the left-hand post.

50:00

Scott Flinders makes a clearance.

49:48

Ryan Leonard takes a shot. Scott Flinders safely holds on.

49:38

Jack Baldwin manages to make a clearance.

49:31

The ball is swung over by Anthony Straker.

48:15

Clearance by John White.

48:07

Jonathan Franks crosses the ball.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +2:43 Half time

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

45:00 +0:39

Scott Flinders takes the free kick.

45:00 +0:12

Barry Corr is sent off by the referee for violent conduct.

45:00 +0:12 Dismissal

Dismissal

45:00

Barry Corr concedes a free kick for a foul on Neil Austin.

44:05

Ben Coker crosses the ball in from the free kick.

43:33

Neil Austin receives a caution.

43:33 Booking

Booking

43:11

Neil Austin challenges Anthony Straker unfairly and gives away a free kick.

41:39

Shot by Simon Walton missed to the left of goal.

41:27

Clearance by Mark Phillips.

41:17

Centre by James Poole.

40:03

Free kick taken by Scott Flinders.

39:54

The referee blows for offside against Barry Corr.

38:46

Shot by Bradley Walker went wide right of the post.

37:56

Freddy Eastwood takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.

36:36

Clearance made by Luke Prosser.

36:33

Jonathan Franks sends in a cross.

35:41

Clearance made by Luke Prosser.

35:27

Corner from the left by-line taken by James Poole.

34:43

James Poole takes a shot. Daniel Bentley parries the effort to safety.

34:26

Corner taken by Jack Compton.

33:53

Clearance by Ryan Leonard.

33:41

Shot by Jonathan Franks missed to the left of the target.

33:11

Barry Corr produces a cross.

32:46

James Poole takes a shot. A parry by Daniel Bentley prevents the goal.

31:24

Scott Flinders restarts play with the free kick.

31:09

Foul by Freddy Eastwood on Jack Baldwin, free kick awarded.

30:32

Clearance made by Daniel Bentley.

30:11

Jack Baldwin crosses the ball in from the free kick.

30:01

Luke Prosser gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luke James.

29:03

Header at goal by Luke James to the left of the net.

28:55

Jonathan Franks sends in a cross.

28:21

Ryan Leonard manages to make a clearance.

25:23

Marc Laird manages to make a clearance.

24:41

Luke James takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Daniel Bentley parries the ball away.

23:10

Clearance made by Scott Flinders.

22:46

Free kick taken by Ben Coker.

22:37

Unfair challenge on Ryan Leonard by Simon Walton results in a free kick.

22:24

Clearance by Jack Baldwin.

22:14

A cross is delivered by Freddy Eastwood.

20:22

Mark Phillips manages to make a clearance.

20:11

The ball is sent over by Jack Compton.

19:57

Daniel Bentley restarts play with the free kick.

19:13

Jack Baldwin challenges Ryan Leonard unfairly and gives away a free kick.

18:59

Clearance by Ryan Leonard.

18:49

Corner from the right by-line taken by Jack Compton.

17:24 Substitution

Substitution Simon Walton joins the action as a substitute, replacing Antony Sweeney.

15:16

Clearance by Bradley Walker.

15:08

The ball is crossed by Ben Coker.

14:50

Neil Austin makes a clearance.

14:34

Centre by Anthony Straker.

13:12

Free kick taken by Scott Flinders.

13:03

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Poole by Marc Laird.

11:25

Jack Compton takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Daniel Bentley safely holds on.

11:22

Jack Compton crosses the ball in from the free kick.

10:26

Foul by Marc Laird on Bradley Walker, free kick awarded.

9:04

Free kick taken by Scott Flinders.

8:49

Barry Corr challenges Bradley Walker unfairly and gives away a free kick.

7:51

Clearance by Neil Austin.

7:45

The ball is swung over by Ryan Leonard.

7:15

Clearance made by Neil Austin.

6:11

James Poole has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.

4:52

Will Atkinson provided the assist for the goal.

4:52 Goal scored

Goal! - Freddy Eastwood - Hartlepool 0 - 1 Southend Freddy Eastwood scores with a right foot finish. Hartlepool 0-1 Southend.

2:09

The ball is sent over by Ben Coker.

0:53

Christian Burgess makes a clearance.

0:44

Corner taken by Ben Coker from the left by-line.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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