Southend United closed the gap on the play-offs to a point with a goalless draw at Bristol Rovers.

Tom Parkes headed Steven Gillespie's cross over the bar as Rovers started well, while Daniel Bentley produced a reaction save to deny John-Joe O'Toole.

At the other end, Ryan Leonard dragged his shot wide.

Steve Mildenhall saved from Kevan Hurst, Michael Timlin and Lee Barnard after the break to help Rovers move five points clear of the drop zone.

O'Toole had two chances to win it for the hosts, but both headers were kept out by Bentley.

Southend gave a debut to new signing Jamar Loza. The 19-year-old Norwich striker, who joined on a one-month loan  prior to kick-off, appeared for the final 21 minutes at the Memorial Stadium.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Bristol Rovers

  • 01 Mildenhall
  • 02 Smith
  • 14 Brown
  • 32 O'Toole Booked (Clarkson - 89' )
  • 06 Parkes Booked
  • 29 McChrystal
  • 30 Lockyer Booked
  • 24 Clarke
  • 19 Beardsley
  • 08 Gillespie (Santos - 77' )
  • 39 Mohamed (Harrold - 45' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Woodards
  • 07 Clarkson
  • 09 Harrold
  • 17 Harrison
  • 20 Gough
  • 25 Clucas
  • 33 Santos

Southend United

  • 17 Bentley
  • 02 White
  • 03 Coker
  • 08 Timlin
  • 32 Egan
  • 35 Sokolik
  • 12 Atkinson (Straker - 86' )
  • 18 Leonard
  • 07 Eastwood (Loza - 69' )
  • 39 Barnard
  • 14 Hurst

Substitutes

  • 01 Smith
  • 06 Prosser
  • 09 Loza
  • 11 Straker
  • 16 Clifford
  • 21 Payne
  • 29 Gomis
Ref: Graham Salisbury
Att: 6,028

Match Stats

Shots

6 9

On target

3 3

Corners

6 3

Fouls

9 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Bristol Rovers 0, Southend United 0.

90:00 +3:06 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 0, Southend United 0.

90:00 +1:19

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Ben Coker.

90:00 +0:14

Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +0:14

Foul by Lee Barnard (Southend United).

88:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol Rovers. David Clarkson replaces John-Joe O'Toole.

87:45

Attempt missed. Ben Coker (Southend United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

87:08 Booking

Booking Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

87:00

Jamar Loza (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:59

Foul by Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers).

85:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southend United. Anthony Straker replaces Will Atkinson.

85:11

Attempt missed. Jamar Loza (Southend United) header from the centre of the box is too high.

81:49

Foul by Alefe Santos (Bristol Rovers).

81:49

Michael Timlin (Southend United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

80:05

Attempt saved. John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

79:00

Foul by Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers).

79:00

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

76:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Alefe Santos replaces Stephen Gillespie.

74:31

Attempt saved. Lee Barnard (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

73:34

Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:34

Foul by Lee Barnard (Southend United).

73:07

Hand ball by Michael Smith (Bristol Rovers).

71:31

Foul by Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers).

71:31

Lee Barnard (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southend United. Jamar Loza replaces Freddy Eastwood.

64:35

Attempt missed. Mark McChrystal (Bristol Rovers) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top left corner.

64:05

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Kevan Hurst.

62:42

Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:42

Foul by Lee Barnard (Southend United).

58:16

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Ryan Leonard.

55:53

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

52:58

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Steve Mildenhall.

52:48

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

51:03

Attempt blocked. Jakub Sokolik (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

50:09

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Michael Smith.

49:42

Hand ball by Michael Smith (Bristol Rovers).

46:23

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

45:26

Attempt saved. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

45:00

Second Half begins Bristol Rovers 0, Southend United 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Matt Harrold replaces Kaid Mohamed.

45:00 +1:42 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Bristol Rovers 0, Southend United 0.

43:21

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Daniel Bentley.

42:50

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by John Egan.

39:25

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

39:25

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

36:00

Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

35:57

Foul by Michael Timlin (Southend United).

35:04

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

34:21

Attempt saved. Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

33:35

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by John Egan.

28:10

Hand ball by Ryan Leonard (Southend United).

26:55

Attempt missed. Ryan Leonard (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

22:36 Booking

Booking John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

22:33 Booking

Booking John White (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.

22:02

John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:02

Foul by John White (Southend United).

17:19

Attempt blocked. John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

16:36

Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:36

Foul by Lee Barnard (Southend United).

13:39

Attempt missed. Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high.

13:04

Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

13:04

Foul by Jakub Sokolik (Southend United).

12:09

Michael Smith (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

12:09

Foul by Lee Barnard (Southend United).

11:15 Booking

Booking Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

11:06

Foul by Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers).

11:06

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

6:32

Foul by Lee Barnard (Southend United).

6:32

Mark McChrystal (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:53

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Michael Smith.

0:28

Foul by Stephen Gillespie (Bristol Rovers).

0:28

Jakub Sokolik (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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