Southend 2-0 Plymouth

Goals from Liam Dickinson and Peter Gilbert moved Southend into the play-off places as Plymouth suffered their eighth successive league defeat.

Dickinson put the Shrimpers ahead when he converted a penalty after Durrell Berry had fouled Michael Timlin.

Things then got worse for the Pilgrims as captain Carl Fletcher was shown a straight red card for grabbing Timlin.

Gilbert scored against his former side, his first goal since October 2003, with a close-range header to seal the win.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Sturrock's half-time 'blast' inspires Southend

Southend United manager Paul Sturrock told BBC Essex:

"The first half wasn't pleasing, it wasn't the standards we were wanting to achieve.

"The second half, after a blast, we came out and showed enthusiasm.

"We were a lot better, we got ourselves in the right areas and created a load of chances."

Plymouth manager Peter Reid told BBC Radio Devon:

The penalty changed everything - Reid

"When they got the penalty we always knew it was going to be difficult.

"As much as we huffed and puffed it wasn't to be today.

"You have to have a desire to get into those positions and score goals and we didn't."

Lineup, Bookings (8) & Substitutions (5)

Southend United

  • 01 Morris
  • 02 Clohessy
  • 03 Gilbert
  • 15 Phillips
  • 23 Barker Booked
  • 04 Hall Booked
  • 07 Grant Booked
  • 08 Timlin
  • 12 Ferdinand (Leonard - 59' )
  • 21 Sturrock (Harris - 54' )
  • 22 Dickinson

Substitutes

  • 17 Bentley
  • 16 Prosser
  • 18 Leonard
  • 14 Johnson
  • 09 Harris

Plymouth Argyle

  • 23 Cole
  • 02 Berry
  • 05 King Booked
  • 06 Nelson
  • 19 Gibson
  • 04 Fletcher Dismissed
  • 07 Daley (Hitchcock - 84' )
  • 13 Soukouna Booked (Walton - 73' )
  • 20 Hourihane Booked
  • 21 Atkinson Booked
  • 22 Griffiths (Lecointe - 60' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Larrieu
  • 03 Williams
  • 08 Walton
  • 10 Hitchcock
  • 27 Lecointe
Ref: Naylor
Att: 4,984

Match Stats

Shots

12 4

On target

6 2

Corners

8 3

Fouls

16 24

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:29 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +1:58

The ball is swung over by Curtis Nelson, Mark Phillips makes a clearance.

90:00 +1:22

Curtis Nelson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Anthony Grant. Free kick taken by Michael Timlin.

90:00 +1:10

Sean Clohessy produces a cross, Matt Lecointe manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +0:01

The referee blows for offside against Matt Lecointe. Glenn Morris takes the indirect free kick.

89:32

The ball is swung over by Simon Walton, save by Glenn Morris.

89:03

Simon King fouled by Neil Harris, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Conor Hourihane.

88:26

Neil Harris is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jake Cole restarts play with the free kick.

87:47

The ball is sent over by Sean Clohessy, Curtis Nelson makes a clearance.

87:25

Conor Hourihane gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Hall. Free kick taken by Neil Harris.

85:42

Foul by Tom Hitchcock on Mark Phillips, free kick awarded. Glenn Morris restarts play with the free kick.

84:48

Outswinging corner taken by Ryan Hall from the left by-line, Liam Dickinson produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

83:49 Substitution

Substitution Tom Hitchcock on for Luke Daley.

82:58

The ball is sent over by Michael Timlin, Neil Harris takes a shot. Save made by Jake Cole.

81:49

Matt Lecointe is caught offside. Free kick taken by Glenn Morris.

81:13

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Conor Hourihane.

80:47

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Simon Walton by Neil Harris. Free kick crossed by Conor Hourihane, Ryan Leonard makes a clearance.

79:36 Goal scored

Goal! - Peter Gilbert - Southend 2 - 0 Plymouth Peter Gilbert finds the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Southend 2-0 Plymouth.

79:18

Corner taken by Ryan Hall,

78:26

Inswinging corner taken by Ryan Hall from the right by-line, Liam Dickinson takes a shot.

76:54

Unfair challenge on Neil Harris by Curtis Nelson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Neil Harris.

75:28

Ryan Hall has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.

74:55

Ryan Leonard gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Will Atkinson. Jake Cole takes the indirect free kick.

74:30

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Anthony Grant by Simon Walton. Chris Barker restarts play with the free kick.

72:25 Substitution

Substitution Simon Walton joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ladjie Soukouna.

72:25

The referee blows for offside against Liam Dickinson. Indirect free kick taken by Jake Cole.

71:42

Ryan Hall fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

71:42 Booking

Booking Conor Hourihane goes into the book.

71:21

Conor Hourihane challenges Ryan Hall unfairly and gives away a free kick.

71:03

Headed cross/shot by Anthony Grant, save by Jake Cole.

70:48

Corner taken short by Ryan Hall.

70:14

Corner taken left-footed by Ryan Hall from the right by-line to the near post, Luke Daley manages to make a clearance.

69:47

Outswinging corner taken by Ryan Hall.

69:22

Luke Daley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Hall. Free kick taken by Michael Timlin.

67:37 Booking

Booking Will Atkinson is cautioned by the ref for dissent.

67:33 Booking

Booking Booking for Chris Barker for unsporting behaviour.

67:26 Dismissal

Dismissal Carl Fletcher is shown a red card for violent conduct.

66:19

Conor Hourihane restarts play with the free kick.

66:19

Conor Hourihane restarts play with the free kick.

66:19 Booking

Booking The referee books Anthony Grant for unsporting behaviour.

65:17

Unfair challenge on Conor Hourihane by Anthony Grant results in a free kick.

63:02 Goal scored

Goal! - Liam Dickinson - Southend 1 - 0 Plymouth Penalty taken right-footed by Liam Dickinson and scored. Southend 1-0 Plymouth.

62:20 Booking

Booking Booking for Ladjie Soukouna for unsporting behaviour.

61:11

Jake Cole restarts play with the free kick. Michael Timlin fouled by Durrell Berry, the ref awards a Penalty.

58:49 Substitution

Substitution Matt Lecointe joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jamie Griffiths.

58:49

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Curtis Nelson by Liam Dickinson. Indirect free kick taken by Jake Cole.

57:53 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Leonard comes on in place of Kane Ferdinand.

57:53

Unfair challenge on Anthony Grant by Ladjie Soukouna results in a free kick. Glenn Morris restarts play with the free kick.

56:41

Foul by Liam Dickinson on Durrell Berry, free kick awarded. Jake Cole restarts play with the free kick.

56:34

Centre by Sean Clohessy, clearance by Carl Fletcher.

55:57

Kane Ferdinand fouled by Ben Gibson, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Michael Timlin.

54:36

Michael Timlin produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.

53:44 Substitution

Substitution Blair Sturrock goes off and Neil Harris comes on.

53:44

Luke Daley is ruled offside. Chris Barker takes the indirect free kick.

53:13

Chris Barker restarts play with the free kick.

53:13 Booking

Booking Simon King receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

52:45

Unfair challenge on Ryan Hall by Simon King results in a free kick.

51:11

Unfair challenge on Kane Ferdinand by Jamie Griffiths results in a free kick. Ryan Hall restarts play with the free kick. The ball is delivered by Sean Clohessy, Carl Fletcher manages to make a clearance.

50:18

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ryan Hall.

49:08

Blair Sturrock concedes a free kick for a foul on Curtis Nelson. Jake Cole takes the indirect free kick.

48:13

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Curtis Nelson by Liam Dickinson. Jake Cole restarts play with the free kick.

46:09

The referee blows for offside. Carl Fletcher restarts play with the free kick.

45:11

Curtis Nelson challenges Liam Dickinson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Hall delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save made by Jake Cole.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +2:12 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

44:43

Kane Ferdinand gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carl Fletcher. Indirect free kick taken by Jake Cole.

42:59

Ryan Hall takes the inswinging corner, Simon King manages to make a clearance.

42:32

Foul by Simon King on Blair Sturrock, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Sean Clohessy.

41:34

Liam Dickinson has a drilled shot. Blocked by Durrell Berry.

40:47

Unfair challenge on Durrell Berry by Michael Timlin results in a free kick. Carl Fletcher takes the indirect free kick.

40:11

The ball is sent over by Will Atkinson.

38:51

Foul by Ladjie Soukouna on Anthony Grant, free kick awarded. Chris Barker takes the free kick.

37:00

Sean Clohessy crosses the ball.

36:52

Michael Timlin crosses the ball, Simon King makes a clearance.

36:28

Kane Ferdinand fouled by Durrell Berry, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Glenn Morris.

34:50

A cross is delivered by Sean Clohessy, Carl Fletcher manages to make a clearance.

31:55

Liam Dickinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Simon King. Indirect free kick taken by Conor Hourihane.

31:41 Booking

Booking Caution for Ryan Hall.

31:00

Ryan Hall gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luke Daley. Curtis Nelson takes the free kick.

27:47

Foul by Jamie Griffiths on Chris Barker, free kick awarded. Ryan Hall restarts play with the free kick.

27:07

Ben Gibson concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Dickinson. Free kick crossed left-footed by Ryan Hall from right wing, Will Atkinson manages to make a clearance.

25:33

Jamie Griffiths has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.

24:44

Anthony Grant fouled by Ladjie Soukouna, the ref awards a free kick. Anthony Grant restarts play with the free kick.

23:57

The ball is delivered by Peter Gilbert.

22:04

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Dickinson by Curtis Nelson. Free kick taken by Ryan Hall.

21:21

Ladjie Soukouna takes a shot. Save by Glenn Morris.

20:50

Blair Sturrock produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.

20:04

Kane Ferdinand fouled by Carl Fletcher, the ref awards a free kick. Ryan Hall shoots direct from the free kick, blocked by Simon King.

17:09

A cross is delivered by Michael Timlin, Ben Gibson makes a clearance.

16:05

Unfair challenge on Simon King by Liam Dickinson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jake Cole.

15:24

The ball is sent over by Durrell Berry, Glenn Morris makes a save.

14:42

Unfair challenge on Ladjie Soukouna by Anthony Grant results in a free kick. Conor Hourihane takes the free kick.

12:44

A cross is delivered by Ryan Hall, clearance by Ladjie Soukouna.

12:28

The referee blows for offside. Glenn Morris takes the indirect free kick.

11:44

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Conor Hourihane from the left by-line, Carl Fletcher produces a volleyed left-footed shot from 6 yards. Blocked by Liam Dickinson.

11:16

Anthony Grant challenges Carl Fletcher unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Conor Hourihane.

10:56

The referee blows for offside against Liam Dickinson. Curtis Nelson restarts play with the free kick.

9:47

Jamie Griffiths gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sean Clohessy. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Ryan Hall, Jake Cole makes a save.

8:44

Free kick awarded for a foul by Curtis Nelson on Liam Dickinson. Ryan Hall restarts play with the free kick.

7:52

Michael Timlin is ruled offside. Jake Cole restarts play with the free kick.

6:42

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Conor Hourihane. Carl Fletcher takes a shot from long range which goes wide of the right-hand post.

6:27

Ladjie Soukouna crosses the ball, clearance by Mark Phillips.

2:45

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sean Clohessy on Luke Daley. Will Atkinson takes the free kick.

2:13

Headed effort from close range by Liam Dickinson goes wide left of the target.

1:29

Liam Dickinson fouled by Carl Fletcher, the ref awards a free kick. Ryan Hall takes the free kick.

0:00

The game begins.

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