League Two
Southend3Oxford Utd0

Southend United 3-0 Oxford United

Jamar Loza

Jamar Loza scored one goal and set up two as Southend moved into the League Two play-off spots by beating fellow promotion hopefuls Oxford in Gary Waddock's first game as U's boss.

The hosts went ahead when Loza's cross found Michael Timlin whose miskick was turned in by Will Atkinson.

Lee Barnard coolly slotted the second from the penalty spot after Loza was fouled by away goalkeeper Ryan Clarke.

And Loza showed superb strength to beat two men and add a classy late third.

The result takes Southend into seventh in the table, one place and three points behind Oxford.

Waddock was appointed Oxford boss on Saturday after leaving his role as head of coaching at MK Dons.

Southend United manager Phil Brown told BBC Essex:

Phil Brown

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Post match: Southend boss Brown

"We did both ends of the game tonight in the right manner. We defended valiantly, Oxford did threw the kitchen sink at us, but we were 2-0 up at the time.

"It was down to the absolute quality in the final third. It could have been more than three, but we could have conceded as well.

"It was his [Jamar Loza's] night. He made the first goal, made the penalty and then made himself a great goal.

"He showed the quality tonight, we borrowed him from Norwich, hopefully Chris Hughton will not be dragging him back now because he might need a quality striker and he's certainly loaned one to us."

Line-ups

Southend

  • 17Bentley
  • 2White
  • 3Coker
  • 18Leonard
  • 35Sokolik
  • 32Egan
  • 14Hurst
  • 8TimlinSubstituted forLairdat 72'minutes
  • 9Loza
  • 39BarnardSubstituted forStrakerat 87'minutes
  • 12Atkinson

Substitutes

  • 1Smith
  • 4Laird
  • 6Prosser
  • 7Eastwood
  • 11Straker
  • 16C Clifford
  • 21Payne

Oxford Utd

  • 1Clarke
  • 34Bevans
  • 13Hunt
  • 17RoseSubstituted forDaviesat 65'minutes
  • 30Long
  • 6Wright
  • 11Potter
  • 37Ruffels
  • 10Smalley
  • 9ConstableSubstituted forConnollyat 80'minutes
  • 7RiggSubstituted forR Williamsat 55'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Raynes
  • 15R Williams
  • 16Whing
  • 18Davies
  • 21Crocombe
  • 22Wroe
  • 24Connolly
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
6,078

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthendAway TeamOxford Utd
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home15
Away8
Shots on Target
Home9
Away5
Corners
Home12
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away4

Live Text

Match ends, Southend United 3, Oxford United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Southend United 3, Oxford United 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Anthony Straker replaces Lee Barnard.

Goal!

Goal! Southend United 3, Oxford United 0. Jamar Loza (Southend United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Jake Wright.

Foul by Marc Laird (Southend United).

Ryan Williams (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Ryan Clarke.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. David Connolly replaces James Constable.

Attempt saved. Sam Long (Oxford United) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Jakub Sokolik.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Ryan Clarke.

Attempt saved. John Egan (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Dean Smalley.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Ryan Clarke.

Attempt saved. Ryan Leonard (Southend United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Marc Laird (Southend United).

James Constable (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Marc Laird replaces Michael Timlin.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Matt Bevans.

Attempt blocked. Lee Barnard (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Ryan Clarke.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Dean Smalley.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Ryan Clarke.

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

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by John Egan.

Attempt saved. Alfie Potter (Oxford United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Ryan Leonard (Southend United).

Alfie Potter (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Scott Davies replaces Danny Rose.

Foul by Lee Barnard (Southend United).

Danny Rose (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Dean Smalley (Oxford United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Jamar Loza (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matt Bevans (Oxford United).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Ryan Williams replaces Sean Rigg.

Jamar Loza (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sean Rigg (Oxford United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Rochdale38217102270
2Scunthorpe38171742268
3Chesterfield39181382567
4Fleetwood3818713961
5Burton3816139461
6Oxford Utd39151410959
7Southend391414111156
8York38141311755
9Plymouth38151013155
10Dag & Red38121412050
11Hartlepool38131015349
12Newport37121213-348
13Cheltenham38111512-648
14Morecambe38121214-1148
15Wimbledon38121115-547
16Accrington38111215-345
17Exeter38111116-444
18Mansfield38101414-1344
19Bury3791612-143
20Bristol Rovers37101314-643
21Wycombe38101216-842
22Portsmouth3891514-1442
23Northampton3891217-1839
24Torquay389920-2136
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