Crawley Town 3-0 Southend

Crawley Town 3 - 0 Southend

Crawley maintained their unbeaten start to the season as a brace from Matt Tubbs helped them defeat Southend.

The Red Devils went ahead when Tyrone Barnett played the ball wide to Dean Howell, whose chip from 35 yards out deceived Glenn Morris.

Tubbs scored a penalty after Southend's Bilel Mohsni fouled Barnett in the area and then grabbed his second when he headed home from Howell's fine cross.

Southend had chances but Scott Shearer twice saved Liam Dickinson efforts.

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Crawley assistant manager Paul Raynor told BBC Sussex:

"The 10 minutes up to half-time we seemed to start clicking, getting Scott Neilson on the ball.

"When we do that and we start dominating the midfield, we're going to cause problems. We certainly did that in the second period, and some of the attacking play was absolutley outstanding.

"We're now 33 games unbeaten in the league and that's a fantastic confidence boost for everybody. We look as though we've taken to League Two like a duck to water, but we need to do that.

"We like to play on the front foot, like to get the ball down and play. And I think anyone watching the game tonight will see there's going to be some entertainment here at the Broadfield."

Southend United manager Paul Sturrock told BBC Essex:

"We let them bully us all over the football pitch, we've not matched them up like we did in the first half.

"The heads went down as soon as we lost that goal.

"In the end we allowed ourselves to be bullied, it's not very often I've said that about my teams."

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