Jamar Loza scored one goal and set up two as Southend moved into the League Two play-off spots by beating fellow promotion hopefuls Oxford in Gary Waddock's first game as U's boss.

The hosts went ahead when Loza's cross found Michael Timlin whose miskick was turned in by Will Atkinson.

Lee Barnard coolly slotted the second from the penalty spot after Loza was fouled by away goalkeeper Ryan Clarke.

And Loza showed superb strength to beat two men and add a classy late third.

The result takes Southend into seventh in the table, one place and three points behind Oxford.

Waddock was appointed Oxford boss on Saturday after leaving his role as head of coaching at MK Dons.

Southend United manager Phil Brown told BBC Essex:

"We did both ends of the game tonight in the right manner. We defended valiantly, Oxford did threw the kitchen sink at us, but we were 2-0 up at the time.

"It was down to the absolute quality in the final third. It could have been more than three, but we could have conceded as well.

"It was his [Jamar Loza's] night. He made the first goal, made the penalty and then made himself a great goal.

"He showed the quality tonight, we borrowed him from Norwich, hopefully Chris Hughton will not be dragging him back now because he might need a quality striker and he's certainly loaned one to us."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (5)

Southend United

  • 17 Bentley
  • 02 White
  • 03 Coker
  • 18 Leonard
  • 35 Sokolik
  • 32 Egan
  • 14 Hurst
  • 08 Timlin (Laird - 72' )
  • 09 Loza
  • 39 Barnard (Straker - 87' )
  • 12 Atkinson

Substitutes

  • 01 Smith
  • 04 Laird
  • 06 Prosser
  • 07 Eastwood
  • 11 Straker
  • 16 Clifford
  • 21 Payne

Oxford United

  • 01 Clarke
  • 34 Bevans
  • 13 Hunt
  • 17 Rose (Davies - 65' )
  • 30 Long
  • 06 Wright
  • 11 Potter
  • 37 Ruffels
  • 10 Smalley
  • 09 Constable (Connolly - 80' )
  • 07 Rigg (Williams - 55' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Raynes
  • 15 Williams
  • 16 Whing
  • 18 Davies
  • 21 Crocombe
  • 22 Wroe
  • 24 Connolly
Ref: Dean Whitestone
Att: 6,078

Match Stats

Shots

15 8

On target

9 5

Corners

12 6

Fouls

9 4

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Southend United 3, Oxford United 0.

90:00 +3:05 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Southend United 3, Oxford United 0.

86:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southend United. Anthony Straker replaces Lee Barnard.

85:40 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southend United 3, Oxford United 0. Jamar Loza (Southend United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

84:02

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Jake Wright.

82:55

Foul by Marc Laird (Southend United).

82:55

Ryan Williams (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:06

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Ryan Clarke.

81:50

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

79:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oxford United. David Connolly replaces James Constable.

77:59

Attempt saved. Sam Long (Oxford United) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

77:32

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Jakub Sokolik.

74:05

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Ryan Clarke.

73:52

Attempt saved. John Egan (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

73:19

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Dean Smalley.

72:57

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Ryan Clarke.

72:46

Attempt saved. Ryan Leonard (Southend United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal.

71:53

Foul by Marc Laird (Southend United).

71:53

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

71:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southend United. Marc Laird replaces Michael Timlin.

70:49

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Matt Bevans.

70:29

Attempt blocked. Lee Barnard (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

69:54

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Ryan Clarke.

69:28

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Dean Smalley.

68:07

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Ryan Clarke.

67:41

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

66:25

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by John Egan.

66:04

Attempt saved. Alfie Potter (Oxford United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

64:26

Foul by Ryan Leonard (Southend United).

64:26

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

64:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oxford United. Scott Davies replaces Danny Rose.

63:49

Foul by Lee Barnard (Southend United).

63:49

Danny Rose (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

63:26

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

61:33

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

61:33

Foul by Matt Bevans (Oxford United).

57:03

Attempt missed. Lee Barnard (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

54:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oxford United. Ryan Williams replaces Sean Rigg.

53:54

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

53:54

Foul by Sean Rigg (Oxford United).

47:33

Attempt missed. Kevan Hurst (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

47:01

Attempt missed. James Constable (Oxford United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

45:00

Second Half begins Southend United 2, Oxford United 0.

45:00 +1:35 Half time

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

45:00 +1:10

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

44:07

Attempt blocked. Dean Smalley (Oxford United) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

43:39

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Jakub Sokolik.

42:50

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by David Hunt.

38:28

Foul by Kevan Hurst (Southend United).

38:28

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

36:19

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Jakub Sokolik.

35:43

Foul by John White (Southend United).

35:43

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

32:32

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

31:50

Attempt missed. Sean Rigg (Oxford United) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

27:46

Foul by Michael Timlin (Southend United).

27:46

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

26:22

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

25:47

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by John Egan.

24:10

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Ryan Clarke.

23:48

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Ryan Clarke.

23:32

Attempt saved. Michael Timlin (Southend United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

21:20

Attempt missed. John Egan (Southend United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

20:44

Attempt saved. Sean Rigg (Oxford United) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

18:35

Foul by Lee Barnard (Southend United).

18:35

Josh Ruffels (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

17:55

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Will Atkinson.

16:17 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southend United 2, Oxford United 0. Lee Barnard (Southend United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

16:02

Penalty Southend United. Jamar Loza draws a foul in the penalty area.

16:02

Penalty conceded by Ryan Clarke (Oxford United) after a foul in the penalty area.

15:07

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

9:44

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

9:44

Foul by Josh Ruffels (Oxford United).

8:58 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southend United 1, Oxford United 0. Will Atkinson (Southend United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Michael Timlin.

7:02

Foul by Lee Barnard (Southend United).

7:02

Matt Bevans (Oxford 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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