Three players were sent off as Southend moved up to eighth in League Two with victory over Mansfield Town.

The hosts took the lead when Anthony Straker converted Kevan Hurst's cross.

Mansfield debutant James Alabi was sent off for a late tackle, before Southend's Conor Clifford saw red eight minutes later for a two-footed tackle.

Alan Marriott's own goal and Hurst's long-range shot sealed the win, while the Stags were reduced to nine men when Lee Beevers was shown a second yellow.

The victory moves the hosts level on points with the play-off places, while the Stags drop to 12th.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Southend boss Phil Brown told BBC Essex:

Post-match: Southend boss Brown

"I've named the team on Wednesday and I've worked hard towards tactically being aware of what Mansfield could throw at us.

"Low and behold the [traffic delays on the] M25 has cost me two positions, and I had to make two forced changes.

"John White was going to play right-back and then at quarter to seven, I've told him he's playing centre-back and Ryan Leonard is playing right-back and he's been playing central midfield all week.

"But we kept the same system. The two guys that affected the game more than most in the first half were Kevan Hurst and Anthony Straker.

"Instead of it being a combative game, it was a technical game and we came out on top in that department."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (5)

Southend United

  • 17 Bentley
  • 18 Leonard
  • 03 Coker
  • 16 Clifford Dismissed
  • 02 White
  • 06 Prosser (Kiernan - 78' )
  • 12 Atkinson
  • 08 Timlin
  • 10 Corr
  • 14 Hurst
  • 11 Straker (Laird - 80' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Smith
  • 04 Laird
  • 09 Reid
  • 15 Kiernan
  • 21 Payne
  • 24 Auger
  • 33 Woodrow

Mansfield Town

  • 01 Marriott
  • 17 Beevers Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 30 Daniel (Meikle - 62' )
  • 27 Pilkington
  • 05 McCombe Booked
  • 02 Sutton
  • 23 McGuire Booked
  • 26 Blake
  • 18 Hutchinson (Clucas - 45' )
  • 24 Andrew (Rhead - 45' )
  • 28 Alabi Dismissed

Substitutes

  • 08 Murtagh
  • 09 Rhead
  • 10 Stevenson
  • 11 Clucas
  • 16 Jennings
  • 20 Meikle
  • 36 Palmer
Ref: Darren Drysdale
Att: 4,824

Match Stats

Shots

14 6

On target

10 1

Corners

4 4

Fouls

5 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Southend United 3, Mansfield Town 0.

90:00 +5:32 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Southend United 3, Mansfield Town 0.

90:00 +4:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southend United 3, Mansfield Town 0. Kevan Hurst (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal.

89:03 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Lee Beevers (Mansfield Town).

89:00

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

88:54

Foul by Lee Beevers (Mansfield Town).

88:30

Attempt saved. Will Atkinson (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

86:07

Foul by Michael Timlin (Southend United).

86:07

Matthew Rhead (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southend United. Marc Laird replaces Anthony Straker.

77:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southend United. Robert Kiernan replaces Luke Prosser because of an injury.

75:00

Attempt missed. Samuel Clucas (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

74:39 Booking

Booking Jamie McGuire (Mansfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

74:34

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

74:34

Foul by Jamie McGuire (Mansfield Town).

73:23

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Ben Coker.

71:49

Attempt missed. Samuel Clucas (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

70:00

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

69:59

Foul by Matthew Rhead (Mansfield Town).

68:57

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

66:52

Attempt saved. Samuel Clucas (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

65:43

Ben Coker (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:43

Foul by Jamie McGuire (Mansfield Town).

65:04

Attempt missed. Matthew Rhead (Mansfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

62:21

Attempt missed. Kevan Hurst (Southend United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

61:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Mansfield Town. Lindon Meikle replaces Colin Daniel.

60:49

Foul by Luke Prosser (Southend United).

60:49

Matthew Rhead (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:28

Foul by Anthony Straker (Southend United).

55:28

Jamie McGuire (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:55

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Michael Timlin.

54:37

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Ben Coker.

53:58

Attempt saved. Ben Coker (Southend United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

53:14

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Alan Marriott.

52:43

Attempt saved. Ben Coker (Southend United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

51:44 Booking

Booking Lee Beevers (Mansfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

51:37

Anthony Straker (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:37

Foul by Lee Beevers (Mansfield Town).

49:53 Booking

Booking John McCombe (Mansfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

49:49

Michael Timlin (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:49

Foul by John McCombe (Mansfield Town).

47:28

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

47:28

Foul by Matthew Rhead (Mansfield Town).

45:00

Second Half begins Southend United 2, Mansfield Town 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Mansfield Town. Samuel Clucas replaces Ben Hutchinson.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Mansfield Town. Matthew Rhead replaces Calvin Andrew.

45:00 +4:12 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Southend United 2, Mansfield Town 0.

45:00 +1:49

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by John McCombe.

43:05 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Jamie McGuire, Mansfield Town. Southend United 2, Mansfield Town 0.

39:43 Dismissal

Dismissal Conor Clifford (Southend United) is shown the red card.

39:19

Foul by Conor Clifford (Southend United).

39:19

Calvin Andrew (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

38:00

Calvin Andrew (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:59

Foul by Ryan Leonard (Southend United).

37:17

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Ritchie Sutton.

34:00

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

33:58

Foul by Calvin Andrew (Mansfield Town).

31:21 Dismissal

Dismissal James Alabi (Mansfield Town) is shown the red card for fighting.

31:00

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

30:56

Foul by James Alabi (Mansfield Town).

24:13 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southend United 1, Mansfield Town 0. Anthony Straker (Southend United) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner.

22:05

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Ryan Leonard.

20:21

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

19:39

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by George Pilkington.

17:17

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

17:17

Foul by Calvin Andrew (Mansfield Town).

15:14

Attempt saved. Michael Timlin (Southend United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

13:31

Attempt missed. Calvin Andrew (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

12:23

Luke Prosser (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

12:23

Foul by Calvin Andrew (Mansfield Town).

11:24

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

10:14

Attempt missed. Kevan Hurst (Southend United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

9:17

Attempt missed. Will Atkinson (Southend United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

7:35

Attempt missed. James Alabi (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

3:27

Attempt saved. Kevan Hurst (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

2:52

Anthony Straker (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:52

Foul by John McCombe (Mansfield Town).

1:43

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

1:13

Anthony Straker (Southend United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

1:13

Foul by Jamie McGuire (Mansfield Town).

0:51

Anthony Straker (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:51

Foul by Lee Beevers (Mansfield Town).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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