Goals from Lewis Alessandra and Reuben Reid gave Plymouth victory over 10-man Southend at Home Park.

The visitors had Cian Bolger sent off for a second bookable offence after just 15 minutes.

Striker Alessandra put the Pilgrims in front after the break when he finished from 10 yards after Kevin Mellor's strong run and cutback.

Mellor and Alessandra combined well to set up Reid to head home his fifth of the season from eight yards.

Lineup, Bookings (9) & Substitutions (6)

Plymouth Argyle

  • 23 McCormick
  • 05 Nelson
  • 16 McHugh Booked
  • 29 Hartley Booked
  • 02 Mellor
  • 07 Alessandra
  • 08 Banton (Thomas - 87' Booked )
  • 28 O'Connor Booked
  • 04 Cox Booked (Norburn - 70' )
  • 10 Morgan Booked (Harvey - 71' )
  • 09 Reid

Substitutes

  • 01 Bittner
  • 03 Purrington
  • 06 Norburn
  • 11 Blizzard
  • 14 Harvey
  • 19 Thomas
  • 24 Allen

Southend United

  • 01 Bentley
  • 03 Coker
  • 06 Prosser
  • 02 White
  • 15 Bolger Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 14 Hurst (Thompson - 16' Booked )
  • 12 Atkinson
  • 18 Leonard
  • 16 Clifford
  • 10 Corr (Coulthirst - 64' )
  • 11 Weston (Worrall - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Thompson
  • 07 Worrall
  • 09 Barnard
  • 17 Coulthirst
  • 19 Payne
  • 21 Smith
  • 22 Deegan
Ref: Brendan Malone
Att: 6,247

Match Stats

Shots

15 12

On target

8 2

Corners

4 6

Fouls

13 6

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Plymouth Argyle 2, Southend United 0.

90:00 +4:40 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Plymouth Argyle 2, Southend United 0.

90:00 +3:12 Booking

Booking Carl McHugh (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +3:09

Foul by Carl McHugh (Plymouth Argyle).

90:00 +3:09

David Worrall (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:48

Foul by Tyler Harvey (Plymouth Argyle).

90:00 +2:48

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

90:00 +2:07

Attempt saved. Oliver Norburn (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

90:00 +1:42

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Daniel Bentley.

90:00 +1:31

Attempt saved. Nathan Thomas (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

90:00 +0:30

Attempt missed. Ryan Leonard (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

89:42

Foul by Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle).

89:42

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

89:13

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Kelvin Mellor.

88:31 Booking

Booking Nathan Thomas (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the yellow card.

88:00

David Worrall (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:59

Foul by Peter Hartley (Plymouth Argyle).

86:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Nathan Thomas replaces Jason Banton.

81:55

Attempt blocked. Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

81:08

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

79:37

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

78:11

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

78:11

Foul by Kelvin Mellor (Plymouth Argyle).

76:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southend United. David Worrall replaces Myles Weston.

75:58

Attempt missed. Will Atkinson (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

74:17

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

73:06

Attempt blocked. Tyler Harvey (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

70:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Tyler Harvey replaces Marvin Morgan.

69:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Oliver Norburn replaces Lee Cox.

68:25

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Carl McHugh.

67:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Plymouth Argyle 2, Southend United 0. Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Lewis Alessandra.

66:35 Booking

Booking Peter Hartley (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the yellow card.

66:31

Myles Weston (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:31

Foul by Peter Hartley (Plymouth Argyle).

63:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southend United. Shaquile Coulthirst replaces Barry Corr.

59:53

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Daniel Bentley.

59:34

Attempt saved. Carl McHugh (Plymouth Argyle) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

58:51

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Adam Thompson.

58:33

Attempt blocked. Myles Weston (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

57:53

Attempt blocked. Ryan Leonard (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

55:52

Attempt missed. Myles Weston (Southend United) left footed shot from long range on the left is high and wide to the right.

51:37 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Plymouth Argyle 1, Southend United 0. Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kelvin Mellor.

48:57

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

45:00

Second Half begins Plymouth Argyle 0, Southend United 0.

45:00 +4:34 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Plymouth Argyle 0, Southend United 0.

45:00 +4:26

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

45:00 +3:41

Attempt missed. Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.

45:00 +3:00

Foul by Conor Clifford (Southend United).

45:00 +3:00

Kelvin Mellor (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:36

Attempt saved. Carl McHugh (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the top left corner.

44:33

Attempt missed. Carl McHugh (Plymouth Argyle) header from the centre of the box is too high following a set piece situation.

43:38 Booking

Booking Adam Thompson (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.

43:34

Foul by Adam Thompson (Southend United).

43:34

Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:54

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Kelvin Mellor.

38:46

Attempt missed. Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

37:53

Attempt saved. Jason Banton (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

34:10

Foul by Barry Corr (Southend United).

34:10

Curtis Nelson (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:28

Attempt blocked. John White (Southend United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

28:58 Booking

Booking Anthony O'Connor (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the yellow card.

28:55

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

28:55

Foul by Anthony O'Connor (Plymouth Argyle).

27:56 Booking

Booking Lee Cox (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the yellow card.

27:43

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

27:43

Foul by Lee Cox (Plymouth Argyle).

25:47

Attempt saved. Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

23:29

Attempt missed. Ben Coker (Southend United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right.

22:16

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Carl McHugh.

21:43

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

21:43

Foul by Anthony O'Connor (Plymouth Argyle).

20:55

Attempt missed. Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

20:16

Foul by Ben Coker (Southend United).

20:16

Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:14

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Kelvin Mellor.

18:29

Attempt missed. Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

18:00

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by John White.

15:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southend United. Adam Thompson replaces Kevan Hurst.

14:36 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Cian Bolger (Southend United).

14:36

Foul by Cian Bolger (Southend United).

14:36

Marvin Morgan (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:00

Cian Bolger (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

12:59

Foul by Marvin Morgan (Plymouth Argyle).

7:13

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Kelvin Mellor.

6:09

Foul by Carl McHugh (Plymouth Argyle).

6:09

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

5:04

Foul by Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle).

5:04

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

3:55 Booking

Booking Cian Bolger (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.

3:41

Marvin Morgan (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:41

Foul by Cian Bolger (Southend United).

1:15

Foul by Marvin Morgan (Plymouth Argyle).

1:15

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

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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