Southend dented Rochdale's hopes for automatic promotion with an easy win at Spotland that keeps them in the hunt for a play-off place in League One.

The Shrimpers went in front when Barry Corr tucked in Jacob Murphy's cross from close range after 12 minutes.

Murphy then doubled the lead just before the break after he tapped in Ryan Leonard's centre.

Michael Timlin's volley made the points safe before Kevan Hurst nearly got a fourth, hitting the bar from distance.

Rochdale slipped down to third in the table, three points clear of fourth-placed Fleetwood, while Southend went sixth with a three-point cushion in the race for the play-offs.

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

"It was a tense game and I think the tension was in the performance, it looks like a crisis of confidence.

"We've got three more opportunities but we can't afford to perform with those types of nerves.

"It's no time for throwing in the towel or spitting the dummy out or harsh words or criticisms, the players need support."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Rochdale

  • 01 Lillis
  • 02 Rafferty
  • 16 Done Booked
  • 04 Cavanagh (Allen - 45' )
  • 22 O'Connell
  • 06 Lancashire
  • 40 Henderson
  • 12 Lund Booked
  • 11 Hogan (Donnelly - 30' )
  • 25 Rose (Vincenti - 45' Booked )
  • 39 Bunney

Substitutes

  • 03 Bennett
  • 05 Eastham
  • 07 Vincenti
  • 09 Donnelly
  • 14 Hery
  • 21 Thomson
  • 24 Allen

Southend United

  • 17 Bentley
  • 02 White
  • 03 Coker
  • 18 Leonard
  • 35 Sokolik
  • 32 Egan
  • 14 Hurst Booked (Prosser - 84' )
  • 12 Atkinson
  • 10 Corr (Loza - 73' )
  • 08 Timlin
  • 15 Murphy (Straker - 67' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Laird
  • 06 Prosser
  • 07 Eastwood
  • 09 Loza
  • 11 Straker
  • 25 Chambers
  • 39 Barnard
Ref: Jeremy Simpson
Att: 3,884

Match Stats

Shots

7 11

On target

1 5

Corners

8 1

Fouls

13 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

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

90:00 +4:05 Full time

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

90:00 +3:52

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by John White.

85:00

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

84:59

Foul by George Donnelly (Rochdale).

83:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southend United. Luke Prosser replaces Kevan Hurst.

83:30 Booking

Booking Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

83:16

Foul by Peter Vincenti (Rochdale).

83:16

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

82:45

Jack O'Connell (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82:45

Foul by Michael Timlin (Southend United).

81:49

Oliver Lancashire (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:49

Foul by Jamar Loza (Southend United).

80:35 Booking

Booking Matthew Lund (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

80:26

Foul by Matthew Lund (Rochdale).

80:26

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

79:40

Matthew Lund (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

79:40

Foul by Michael Timlin (Southend United).

78:45

Hand ball by Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale).

77:32

Attempt missed. Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

76:12

Ian Henderson (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

76:12

Foul by John White (Southend United).

72:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southend United. Jamar Loza replaces Barry Corr.

72:32

Jack O'Connell (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72:32

Foul by Barry Corr (Southend United).

71:55

Attempt saved. Matthew Lund (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

71:34

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Kevan Hurst.

70:56

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

67:52

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Kevan Hurst.

67:06

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

66:51

Foul by Jamie Allen (Rochdale).

66:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southend United. Anthony Straker replaces Jacob Murphy.

65:43

Ryan Leonard (Southend United) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

62:56

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by John Egan.

62:45

Attempt blocked. Jamie Allen (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

62:06

Foul by Ryan Leonard (Southend United).

62:06

Joe Bunney (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

61:05

Foul by Will Atkinson (Southend United).

61:05

Oliver Lancashire (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

60:22

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

60:22

Foul by Peter Vincenti (Rochdale).

54:48

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by John Egan.

54:07 Booking

Booking Kevan Hurst (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.

54:00

Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

53:58

Foul by Kevan Hurst (Southend United).

49:43

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

49:01

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

48:37 Booking

Booking Matt Done (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

48:29

John White (Southend United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

48:29

Foul by Matt Done (Rochdale).

46:22

Foul by Ryan Leonard (Southend United).

46:22

Joe Bunney (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:22 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rochdale 0, Southend United 3. Michael Timlin (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kevan Hurst.

45:00

Second Half begins Rochdale 0, Southend United 2.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rochdale. Peter Vincenti replaces Michael Rose.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rochdale. Jamie Allen replaces Peter Cavanagh.

45:00 +3:57 Half time

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

45:00 +2:18

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

45:00 +2:18

Foul by Matthew Lund (Rochdale).

43:31 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rochdale 0, Southend United 2. Jacob Murphy (Southend United) right footed shot from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Ryan Leonard.

42:53

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Jakub Sokolik.

42:19

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Jakub Sokolik.

38:47

Jacob Murphy (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:47

Foul by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).

37:00

Attempt blocked. Ben Coker (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

36:00

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

35:53

Foul by Peter Cavanagh (Rochdale).

31:00

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

30:56

Foul by Matthew Lund (Rochdale).

29:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rochdale. George Donnelly replaces Scott Hogan because of an injury.

27:44

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

22:13

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Jack O'Connell.

21:38

Attempt blocked. Michael Timlin (Southend United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked.

20:24

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

20:24

Foul by Scott Hogan (Rochdale).

19:42

Attempt missed. Joe Bunney (Rochdale) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

18:43

Ian Henderson (Rochdale) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

16:43

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Daniel Bentley.

16:21

Attempt blocked. Matt Done (Rochdale) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

15:00

Michael Rose (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:54

Foul by Will Atkinson (Southend United).

11:02 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rochdale 0, Southend United 1. Barry Corr (Southend United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jacob Murphy.

10:18

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

8:38

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

8:38

Foul by Michael Rose (Rochdale).

8:05

Attempt missed. Joe Bunney (Rochdale) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

5:39

Foul by Ryan Leonard (Southend United).

5:39

Joe Bunney (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:17

Foul by Michael Timlin (Southend United).

3:17

Ian Henderson (Rochdale) 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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