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Southend United 2-3 Exeter City

Eliot Richards

Substitute Eliot Richards' dramatic late strike saw Exeter come from behind to beat promotion-chasing Southend.

The striker, on loan from Bristol Rovers, beat two men and then fired under goalkeeper Daniel Bentley.

Earlier, Mark Phillips scored two headers for the hosts, one from a free-kick and the other from a corner, after Jimmy Keohane had slotted Exeter ahead.

Liam Sercombe equalised with a stunning strike into the top corner from outside the box before Richards' heroics.

Bentley looked like he had secured all three points for the Shrimpers as he made a string of fine saves to preserve their lead, but Exeter were eventually rewarded for a dominant second-half performance.

The loss for Phil Brown's men extends their winless run to five league games and means they are now seven points off an automatic promotion place.

Line-ups

Southend

  • 17Bentley
  • 2White
  • 3Coker
  • 18Leonard
  • 23Thompson
  • 5Phillips
  • 14Hurst
  • 8TimlinSubstituted forWilliamsat 85'minutes
  • 39BarnardSubstituted forGomisat 69'minutes
  • 10CorrSubstituted forEastwoodat 77'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 12Atkinson

Substitutes

  • 1Smith
  • 4Laird
  • 7Eastwood
  • 11Straker
  • 21Payne
  • 28Williams
  • 29Gomis

Exeter

  • 30Pym
  • 2Butterfield
  • 3Woodman
  • 29Grimes
  • 4Bennett
  • 6Coles
  • 7Sercombe
  • 8OakleySubstituted forWheelerat 73'minutes
  • 19O'FlynnSubstituted forNicholsat 84'minutes
  • 22KeohaneSubstituted forRichardsat 70'minutes
  • 11Davies

Substitutes

  • 1Krysiak
  • 14Richards
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 16Dawson
  • 20Nichols
  • 25Parkin
  • 32Wheeler
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
5,899

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthendAway TeamExeter
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home9
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away11
Corners
Home7
Away18
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Southend United 2, Exeter City 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Southend United 2, Exeter City 3.

Booking

Freddy Eastwood (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.

David Wheeler (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Freddy Eastwood (Southend United).

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Danny Butterfield.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Freddy Eastwood.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Daniel Bentley.

Attempt saved. David Wheeler (Exeter City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Southend United 2, Exeter City 3. Eliot Richards (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Adam Thompson.

Attempt blocked. Tom Nichols (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

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

Attempt saved. Jason Williams (Southend United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Jason Williams replaces Michael Timlin.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Tom Nichols replaces John O'Flynn.

Goal!

Goal! Southend United 2, Exeter City 2. Liam Sercombe (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Matt Grimes.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Ryan Leonard.

Attempt blocked. Arron Davies (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Freddy Eastwood (Southend United).

Daniel Coles (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Leonard (Southend United).

Arron Davies (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Matt Grimes (Exeter City).

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Freddy Eastwood replaces Barry Corr.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Daniel Bentley.

Attempt saved. Eliot Richards (Exeter City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. David Wheeler replaces Matt Oakley because of an injury.

Delay in match Matt Oakley (Exeter City) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Eliot Richards replaces Jimmy Keohane.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Gomis replaces Lee Barnard.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Daniel Bentley.

Attempt saved. Liam Sercombe (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Mark Phillips.

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

Foul by Craig Woodman (Exeter City).

Attempt missed. Adam Thompson (Southend United) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Craig Woodman.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Chesterfield31161052358
2Scunthorpe31141341555
3Oxford Utd31141251954
4Rochdale3016591353
5Fleetwood30164101452
6Burton301497551
7Southend3013891047
8Hartlepool3111812041
9Dag & Red31101011-140
10Newport271098239
11York3291211139
12Plymouth3010911-839
13Exeter3010812-338
14Wimbledon3110813-538
15Morecambe3010812-638
16Cheltenham3081210-536
17Portsmouth3181211-836
18Mansfield3181112-1135
19Bristol Rovers3081012-434
20Accrington298912-733
21Bury2871110-332
22Wycombe3071013-631
23Torquay307815-1629
24Northampton306816-1926
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