Substitute Armand Gnanduillet ended Southend's 100% record with an injury-time winner at the ProAct Stadium.

Gnanduillet headed home in a hectic finish which saw Luke Prosser twice denied from a corner at the other end.

Chesterfield had the better chances in the first half and eventually went in front when Conor Clifford fouled Gary Roberts, who curled home the free-kick.

Freddy Eastwood levelled from Kevan Hurst's pass, but it was not enough as Gnanduillet eluded his marker to score.

The victory lifted them up to second in the table behind Oxford United, while Southend slipped two places to fourth.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"We didn't play well today, we must give great credit to Southend because I thought they were excellent.

"Certainly in the latter stages of the game I thought they were the team that looked more likely to win the game.

"Football's a funny game, you must give credit to the opposition. They scored a good equaliser, it was a fantastic finish and at that point I would have been happy to see the game end 1-1.

"We looked lethargic today and I don't know where it came from."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Chesterfield

  • 01 Lee
  • 03 Smith Booked
  • 04 Hird
  • 06 Cooper
  • 25 Talbot
  • 05 Morsy
  • 10 O'Shea (Gnanduillet - 77' )
  • 11 Roberts
  • 12 Ryan
  • 15 Humphreys (Darikwa - 57' Booked )
  • 09 Richards (Doyle - 64' )

Substitutes

  • 20 Chapman
  • 08 Togwell
  • 27 Edwards
  • 07 Darikwa
  • 16 Devitt
  • 17 Doyle
  • 21 Gnanduillet

Southend

  • 17 Bentley
  • 02 White Booked
  • 03 Coker
  • 06 Prosser Booked
  • 23 Thompson
  • 11 Straker
  • 12 Atkinson
  • 16 Clifford Booked (Hurst - 60' )
  • 18 Leonard
  • 07 Eastwood (Timlin - 83' )
  • 10 Corr (Cowan - 78' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Smith
  • 27 Banton
  • 08 Timlin
  • 14 Hurst
  • 21 Payne
  • 09 Reid
  • 15 Cowan
Ref: Seb Stockbridge
Att: 5,579

Match Stats

Shots

15 8

On target

9 3

Corners

4 8

Fouls

10 15

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +7:36 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +6:54

Daniel Bentley restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +6:34

Unfair challenge on John White by Armand Gnanduillet results in a free kick.

90:00 +5:18

The assist for the goal came from Gary Roberts.

90:00 +5:18 Goal scored

Goal! - Armand Gnanduillet - Chesterfld 2 - 1 Southend Armand Gnanduillet heads the ball into the goal. Chesterfield 2-1 Southend.

90:00 +4:38

Corner taken by Gary Roberts.

90:00 +4:13

Sam Morsy takes a shot. Fine finger tip save by Daniel Bentley.

90:00 +2:59

Clearance by John White.

90:00 +2:23

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

90:00 +2:03

Luke Prosser takes a shot. A parry by Tommy Lee prevents the goal.

90:00 +1:50

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

90:00 +0:30

Daniel Bentley restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +0:05

Armand Gnanduillet challenges John White unfairly and gives away a free kick.

86:54

Corner taken by Kevan Hurst.

85:54

Armand Gnanduillet takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

84:16

Jimmy Ryan has an effort direct from the free kick. Daniel Bentley makes a block.

83:46

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tendayi Darikwa by John White.

82:46 Substitution

Substitution Michael Timlin is brought on as a substitute for Freddy Eastwood.

81:36

The ball is delivered by Nathan Smith.

80:57

Shot by Gary Roberts. Blocked by Adam Thompson.

79:39

Jimmy Ryan takes a weak shot. Daniel Bentley makes a block.

78:59

Luke Prosser manages to make a clearance.

78:55

The ball is crossed by Nathan Smith.

77:16 Substitution

Substitution Barry Corr leaves the field to be replaced by Don Cowan.

76:59 Substitution

Substitution Armand Gnanduillet comes on in place of James O'Shea.

75:44

John White manages to make a clearance.

75:30

Tommy Lee restarts play with the free kick.

75:17

The assistant referee flags for offside against Freddy Eastwood.

75:11

Free kick taken by Will Atkinson.

74:50 Booking

Booking

74:50

Tendayi Darikwa is given a yellow card.

74:37

Barry Corr fouled by Liam Cooper, the ref awards a free kick.

74:10

Free kick taken by Daniel Bentley.

74:03

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sam Morsy on Ryan Leonard.

73:14

Luke Prosser makes a clearance.

72:29

Clearance made by Adam Thompson.

72:25

Free kick crossed by Gary Roberts.

72:08

Tendayi Darikwa fouled by Anthony Straker, the ref awards a free kick.

71:21

Tommy Lee takes the free kick.

71:15

Freddy Eastwood concedes a free kick for a foul on Drew Talbot.

70:50

Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Gary Roberts. Daniel Bentley blocks the ball.

70:00 Booking

Booking

70:00

Luke Prosser receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

69:15

Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Prosser on Tendayi Darikwa.

68:27

Daniel Bentley takes the free kick.

68:11

Eoin Doyle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Thompson.

67:09

Assist by Kevan Hurst.

67:09 Goal scored

Goal! - Freddy Eastwood - Chesterfld 1 - 1 Southend Freddy Eastwood scores with a left foot finish. Chesterfield 1-1 Southend.

66:47

Jimmy Ryan takes the free kick.

66:40

Freddy Eastwood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tendayi Darikwa.

65:19

Drew Talbot takes a shot and went wide right of the net.

64:19

Free kick taken by Tommy Lee.

63:53 Substitution

Substitution Eoin Doyle joins the action as a substitute, replacing Marc Richards.

63:41

The official flags Barry Corr offside.

62:58

Tommy Lee restarts play with the free kick.

62:46

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Cooper by Barry Corr.

62:17

Sam Morsy manages to make a clearance.

59:33 Substitution

Substitution Kevan Hurst replaces Conor Clifford.

58:25 Goal scored

Goal! - Gary Roberts - Chesterfld 1 - 0 Southend Gary Roberts scores direct from the free kick. Chesterfield 1-0 Southend.

57:30 Booking

Booking

57:30

Caution for Conor Clifford.

56:49

Gary Roberts fouled by Conor Clifford, the ref awards a free kick.

56:38 Booking

Booking

56:38

Booking for John White for unsporting behaviour.

56:15 Substitution

Substitution Ritchie Humphreys leaves the field to be replaced by Tendayi Darikwa.

54:16

Nathan Smith delivers the ball.

52:20

Free kick taken by Tommy Lee.

51:36

Conor Clifford challenges Sam Hird unfairly and gives away a free kick.

51:02

Daniel Bentley takes the free kick.

50:44 Booking

Booking

50:44

Booking for Nathan Smith for unsporting behaviour.

50:06

Nathan Smith challenges Michael Timlin unfairly and gives away a free kick.

46:15

Clearance by Nathan Smith.

46:12

James O'Shea crosses the ball.

46:00

Free kick taken by Daniel Bentley.

45:47

Free kick awarded for a foul by Marc Richards on Adam Thompson.

45:32

Sam Hird takes the free kick.

45:25

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Drew Talbot by Barry Corr.

45:01

The referee blows the whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +1:52 Half time

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

45:00 +1:26

Tommy Lee restarts play with the free kick.

45:00 +1:08

Unfair challenge on Gary Roberts by Barry Corr results in a free kick.

45:00 +0:58

Free kick crossed by John White.

45:00 +0:39

Nathan Smith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Barry Corr.

45:00 +0:17

Centre by Gary Roberts.

44:41

Shot by Jimmy Ryan cleared the net.

43:59

Clearance by Barry Corr.

43:52

Corner from the left by-line taken by James O'Shea.

43:34

Centre by Gary Roberts.

42:52

Free kick taken by Daniel Bentley.

42:33

Free kick awarded for a foul by Marc Richards on Luke Prosser.

41:21

Header at goal by Barry Corr goes over the frame of the goal.

41:12

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

40:47

Shot by Conor Clifford. Blocked by Liam Cooper.

40:37

The ball is swung over by Anthony Straker.

38:13

Barry Corr gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nathan Smith.

37:13

Drew Talbot takes a shot. Daniel Bentley parries the ball away.

36:45

Corner taken by Conor Clifford.

36:14

Jimmy Ryan sends in a cross.

35:38

John White takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Liam Cooper.

34:18

Ritchie Humphreys manages to make a clearance.

34:07

Corner from the left by-line taken by Conor Clifford.

33:45

Clearance made by Liam Cooper.

33:40

Anthony Straker sends in a cross.

32:39

Free kick taken by Liam Cooper.

32:18

The official flags Barry Corr offside.

31:31

Clearance by Luke Prosser.

31:28

The ball is sent over by Gary Roberts.

30:45

Free kick taken by Adam Thompson.

30:34

The referee penalises Jimmy Ryan for handball.

28:41

John White manages to make a clearance.

28:26

Ryan Leonard manages to make a clearance.

28:22

The ball is swung over by Gary Roberts.

28:13

Free kick taken by Gary Roberts.

27:44

The referee penalises Ben Coker for handball.

27:20

Adam Thompson makes a clearance.

27:15

Corner from the right by-line taken by Gary Roberts.

26:41

Shot by James O'Shea. Daniel Bentley parries the effort to safety.

24:53

John White produces a cross.

23:58

Centre by Ben Coker.

23:18

Free kick taken by John White.

22:56

Sam Morsy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Barry Corr.

22:31

Liam Cooper restarts play with the free kick.

22:17

Adam Thompson challenges Marc Richards unfairly and gives away a free kick.

21:26

Clearance by Ritchie Humphreys.

21:21

Corner taken by Conor Clifford from the right by-line.

20:50

The ball is sent over by Anthony Straker.

19:45

Corner taken by Gary Roberts.

19:02

Gary Roberts delivers the ball.

18:50

A cross is delivered by Drew Talbot.

17:57

Barry Corr takes a shot and went wide of the right hand post.

17:28

Clearance by Sam Hird.

17:24

The ball is crossed by Anthony Straker.

16:26

Gary Roberts takes a shot and cleared the bar.

16:20

A cross is delivered by Ritchie Humphreys.

15:19

Header by Ritchie Humphreys goes over the bar.

15:04

Nathan Smith produces a cross.

14:54

Jimmy Ryan takes the free kick.

14:46

Conor Clifford challenges Gary Roberts unfairly and gives away a free kick.

13:35

Tommy Lee takes the free kick.

13:31

The assistant referee signals for offside against Freddy Eastwood.

12:53

Clearance by Drew Talbot.

12:45

Corner taken by Conor Clifford.

12:19

Anthony Straker takes a shot. Blocked by Sam Hird.

10:54

Gary Roberts restarts play with the free kick.

10:36

Barry Corr gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Roberts.

9:36

Centre by John White.

9:05

Nathan Smith makes a clearance.

7:20

John White takes a shot. A parry by Tommy Lee prevents the goal.

5:55

Shot by Marc Richards went wide of the left-hand upright.

4:40

A cross is delivered by Drew Talbot.

2:20

Free kick taken by Nathan Smith.

2:10

Gary Roberts fouled by Ryan Leonard, the ref awards a free kick.

1:14

Nathan Smith delivers the ball.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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