First-half goals from Conor Clifford and Luke Prosser earned Southend victory at Oxford United.

Clifford opened the scoring with a strike from outside the box and Prosser doubled their lead with a close-range header from Kevan Hurst's free kick.

Oxford pushed to get back in the game, but Daniel Bentley saved headers from James Constable and Michael Raynes.

Southend could have increased their lead, but Ryan Clarke saved well from Cauley Woodrow in a one-on-one.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Southend United manager Phil Brown told BBC Essex:

"[A win was a] long time overdue, to tell you the truth. There were two goals scored and there could have been a lot more.

"It's nice for Conor [Clifford] - he's only a young lad and when he was left out for a couple of games, he was disappointed.

"It's up to us to build them up and when they cross the white line they are ready for action. Conor showed that today.

"He showed a tremendous tenacity, he put his foot in when it needed to be put in, and got himself a goal."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Oxford United

  • 01 Clarke
  • 04 Raynes
  • 03 Newey
  • 19 Mullins
  • 13 Hunt
  • 11 Potter
  • 14 Hall Booked (Davies - 70' )
  • 07 Rigg (O'Dowda - 70' )
  • 17 Rose
  • 08 Kitson
  • 10 Smalley (Constable - 55' )

Substitutes

  • 18 Davies
  • 09 Constable
  • 37 Ruffles
  • 15 Williams
  • 21 Crocombe
  • 34 Bevans
  • 35 O'Dowda

Southend United

  • 17 Bentley
  • 23 Thompson
  • 02 White
  • 03 Coker Booked
  • 06 Prosser
  • 12 Atkinson
  • 18 Leonard
  • 16 Clifford
  • 14 Hurst (Straker - 88' )
  • 33 Woodrow (Reid - 85' )
  • 10 Corr

Substitutes

  • 01 Smith
  • 09 Reid
  • 24 Auger
  • 21 Payne
  • 11 Straker
  • 08 Timlin
Ref: Steve Martin
Att: 5,578

Match Stats

Shots

11 10

On target

4 7

Corners

8 1

Fouls

17 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Oxford United 0, Southend United 2.

90:00 +4:18 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Oxford United 0, Southend United 2.

90:00 +3:12

Foul by Michael Raynes (Oxford United).

90:00 +3:12

Adam Thompson (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +2:44

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Luke Prosser.

90:00 +1:07

Hand ball by Callum O'Dowda (Oxford United).

90:00 +0:11

Attempt missed. Michael Raynes (Oxford United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

88:24

Dave Kitson (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:24

Foul by Will Atkinson (Southend United).

87:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southend United. Anthony Straker replaces Kevan Hurst.

85:32

Attempt missed. Danny Rose (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

84:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southend United. Craig Reid replaces Cauley Woodrow.

81:54 Booking

Booking Ben Coker (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.

81:43

Alfie Potter (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

81:43

Foul by Ben Coker (Southend United).

81:23

Attempt saved. Cauley Woodrow (Southend United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

77:07

Attempt saved. Cauley Woodrow (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

73:08

Foul by Alfie Potter (Oxford United).

73:08

Conor Clifford (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:46

Foul by James Constable (Oxford United).

72:46

Luke Prosser (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:27

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Daniel Bentley.

72:16

Attempt saved. James Constable (Oxford United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

71:20

Foul by Callum O'Dowda (Oxford United).

71:20

John White (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oxford United. Scott Davies replaces Asa Hall.

69:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oxford United. Callum O'Dowda replaces Sean Rigg.

69:00

Conor Clifford (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:55

Foul by Danny Rose (Oxford United).

66:53

Attempt saved. Dave Kitson (Oxford United) header from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

66:18

James Constable (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:18

Foul by Luke Prosser (Southend United).

63:08 Booking

Booking Asa Hall (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card.

63:01

Foul by Asa Hall (Oxford United).

63:01

Will Atkinson (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:15

David Hunt (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:15

Foul by Barry Corr (Southend United).

61:24

Foul by Sean Rigg (Oxford United).

61:24

Kevan Hurst (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

60:59

Attempt missed. James Constable (Oxford United) header from the centre of the box is too high.

60:23

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Daniel Bentley.

60:10

Attempt saved. John Mullins (Oxford United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

59:48

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by John White.

58:06

Attempt saved. Kevan Hurst (Southend United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

57:16

Attempt missed. David Hunt (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

56:40

Foul by Adam Thompson (Southend United).

56:40

James Constable (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:16

Attempt saved. Kevan Hurst (Southend United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

54:45

Foul by Kevan Hurst (Southend United).

54:45

Sean Rigg (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

54:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oxford United. James Constable replaces Dean Smalley.

52:52

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Luke Prosser.

51:46

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Adam Thompson.

49:35

Foul by Cauley Woodrow (Southend United).

49:35

Alfie Potter (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

49:13

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by David Hunt.

48:49

Attempt blocked. Kevan Hurst (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

45:50

Conor Clifford (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:50

Foul by Michael Raynes (Oxford United).

45:00

Second Half begins Oxford United 0, Southend United 2.

45:00 +1:26 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Oxford United 0, Southend United 2.

45:00 +0:07

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by John White.

41:01

Ryan Leonard (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:01

Foul by Dave Kitson (Oxford United).

40:39

(Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:39

Foul by Dean Smalley (Oxford United).

40:03

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by John White.

37:37

John White (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:37

Foul by Dave Kitson (Oxford United).

35:19

Foul by Barry Corr (Southend United).

35:19

Danny Rose (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:43

Attempt missed. Ryan Leonard (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

29:44 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Oxford United 0, Southend United 2. Luke Prosser (Southend United) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kevan Hurst.

29:00

Will Atkinson (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

28:59

Foul by Sean Rigg (Oxford United).

28:36

Attempt saved. John Mullins (Oxford United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

27:11

Ryan Leonard (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:11

Foul by Dean Smalley (Oxford United).

26:12

Foul by Barry Corr (Southend United).

26:12

Tom Newey (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:29

Attempt missed. Sean Rigg (Oxford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

20:02

Foul by Adam Thompson (Southend United).

20:02

Dave Kitson (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:47

Foul by Kevan Hurst (Southend United).

15:47

Tom Newey (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:14 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Oxford United 0, Southend United 1. Conor Clifford (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

9:32

Hand ball by Barry Corr (Southend United).

5:18

Attempt missed. Dave Kitson (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

4:49

Attempt saved. Cauley Woodrow (Southend United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

4:21

Ben Coker (Southend United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

4:21

Foul by Dave Kitson (Oxford United).

3:13

Attempt missed. Conor Clifford (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

2:26

Adam Thompson (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:26

Foul by Dean Smalley (Oxford United).

1:51

Attempt missed. Dean Smalley (Oxford United) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

1:28

Foul by Dave Kitson (Oxford United).

1:28

Luke Prosser (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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