Southend United striker Barry Corr hit his first goals since the first day of the season to wreck Fleetwood's hopes of returning to the top of League Two.

Corr headed the Shrimpers in front on 21 minutes from Kevan Hurst's cross.

The home side then sealed the points with an 81st-minute penalty.

Stewart Murdoch was adjudged to have fouled Will Atkinson and Corr powered his spot-kick into the top-left corner to confirm the hosts' third straight league win.

Fleetwood had been on top up until the Shrimpers' first goal, striker David Bell having had two low shots saved by Southend keeper Daniel Bentley, who also did well to parry a well-struck shot from Antoni Sarcevic.

The Cod Army, who gave new loan defender Charlie Taylor his debut, remain second in League Two, a point behind leaders Chesterfield, while Phil Brown's Southend move up to sixth.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Southend United manager Phil Brown told BBC Essex:

"I think it was deserved. It was a good, feisty encounter but at the end of the day it was about the battling qualities of both teams and I thought we came out on top in terms of the battle.

"Barry Corr got man of the match, that was probably because of the two goals he's got. He's been in there 12 games without a goal.

"He had to keep believing and he did, and he got his just rewards."

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Fleetwood Town midfielder Jeff Hughes told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"It wasn't our usual high standard but a few decisions at key times went against us.

"We had chances to score and some of our final balls weren't up to standard.

"We invited some of the pressure on ourselves - we had the chance to play it forward but went back and back and put Scott Davies under pressure needlessly."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Southend United

  • 17 Bentley
  • 02 White
  • 03 Coker
  • 12 Atkinson
  • 05 Phillips Booked
  • 15 Kiernan
  • 18 Leonard Booked (Eastwood - 92' )
  • 16 Clifford
  • 10 Corr
  • 14 Hurst (Straker - 86' )
  • 33 Woodrow

Substitutes

  • 01 Smith
  • 06 Prosser
  • 07 Eastwood
  • 08 Timlin
  • 11 Straker
  • 20 Njie
  • 21 Payne

Fleetwood Town

  • 01 Davies
  • 14 Hogan
  • 20 Taylor
  • 04 Murdoch (Blair - 82' )
  • 16 Cresswell
  • 06 Pond
  • 12 Brown (Matt - 64' )
  • 18 Sarcevic
  • 23 Ball
  • 11 Hughes
  • 24 Crowther (Parkin - 64' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Roberts
  • 08 Schumacher
  • 09 Parkin
  • 10 Matt
  • 15 McLaughlin
  • 17 Blair
  • 33 Lucas
Ref: Andy Woolmer
Att: 4,996

Match Stats

Shots

14 11

On target

6 6

Corners

5 6

Fouls

10 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Southend United 2, Fleetwood Town 0.

90:00 +6:13 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Southend United 2, Fleetwood Town 0.

90:00 +5:47

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Freddy Eastwood.

90:00 +3:07

Attempt blocked. Jon Parkin (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

90:00 +2:37

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Will Atkinson.

90:00 +2:24

Attempt blocked. Freddy Eastwood (Southend United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90:00 +1:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southend United. Freddy Eastwood replaces Ryan Leonard.

90:00 +0:41

Foul by Will Atkinson (Southend United).

90:00 +0:41

Jeff Hughes (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:33

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Scott Davies.

87:23

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

86:35

Attempt blocked. Conor Clifford (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

85:17 Substitution

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

83:59

Attempt missed. Conor Clifford (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

83:20

Kevan Hurst (Southend United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

83:20

Foul by Jon Parkin (Fleetwood Town).

81:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Matty Blair replaces Stewart Murdoch.

80:22 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southend United 2, Fleetwood Town 0. Barry Corr (Southend United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

79:52

Penalty Southend United. Will Atkinson draws a foul in the penalty area.

79:42

Penalty conceded by Stewart Murdoch (Fleetwood Town) after a foul in the penalty area.

78:41

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Mark Phillips.

78:31

Attempt blocked. Jon Parkin (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

77:33

Foul by John White (Southend United).

77:33

Jon Parkin (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:44

Attempt missed. Ryan Cresswell (Fleetwood Town) header from the centre of the box is too high.

72:11

Foul by Kevan Hurst (Southend United).

72:11

Charlie Taylor (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:14

Attempt blocked. Jeff Hughes (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

70:09 Booking

Booking Ryan Leonard (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.

70:06

Foul by Ryan Leonard (Southend United).

70:06

David Ball (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

68:47

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

68:10

Attempt missed. Barry Corr (Southend United) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

63:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Jon Parkin replaces Ryan Crowther.

63:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Jamille Matt replaces Junior Brown.

62:27

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

62:27

Foul by David Ball (Fleetwood Town).

62:05

Attempt missed. Robert Kiernan (Southend United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

61:38

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Scott Davies.

60:51

Ryan Leonard (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

60:51

Foul by Jeff Hughes (Fleetwood Town).

59:47

Attempt missed. Ryan Crowther (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

55:24 Booking

Booking Mark Phillips (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.

55:19

Foul by Mark Phillips (Southend United).

55:19

David Ball (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:15

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

52:15

Foul by Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town).

47:25

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Junior Brown.

45:00

Second Half begins Southend United 1, Fleetwood Town 0.

45:00 +1:13 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Southend United 1, Fleetwood Town 0.

45:00 +0:22

Barry Corr (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:22

Foul by Nathan Pond (Fleetwood Town).

44:18

Foul by Conor Clifford (Southend United).

44:18

Liam Hogan (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:46

Attempt missed. Conor Clifford (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

37:53

Foul by Barry Corr (Southend United).

37:53

Nathan Pond (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:46

Attempt missed. Conor Clifford (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

35:00

Barry Corr (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:58

Foul by Nathan Pond (Fleetwood Town).

34:41

Attempt saved. Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

34:30

Attempt saved. Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

31:20

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

31:20

Foul by Jeff Hughes (Fleetwood Town).

29:32

Foul by Cauley Woodrow (Southend United).

29:32

Liam Hogan (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:46

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Daniel Bentley.

28:20

Attempt saved. Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

27:19

Foul by Ben Coker (Southend United).

27:19

Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

26:29

Attempt saved. Mark Phillips (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

25:50

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Ryan Cresswell.

20:46 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southend United 1, Fleetwood Town 0. Barry Corr (Southend United) header from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Kevan Hurst with a cross.

20:13

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Scott Davies.

19:56

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

18:44

Attempt saved. Ryan Crowther (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

17:05

Jeff Hughes (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:05

Foul by Will Atkinson (Southend United).

15:20

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

15:06

Attempt saved. David Ball (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

14:33

Foul by David Ball (Fleetwood Town).

14:33

Conor Clifford (Southend United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

13:37

Foul by David Ball (Fleetwood Town).

13:37

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

12:37

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by John White.

9:36

Attempt saved. David Ball (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

8:19

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Ben Coker.

7:31

Foul by Stewart Murdoch (Fleetwood Town).

7:31

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

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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