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Southend United 1-0 Accrington Stanley

Southend all but secured a play-off place with a win over Accrington.

Ryan Leonard nearly opened the scoring for the home side when he headed John White's right-wing cross just wide.

Southend did take the lead in the second half when Barry Corr fired into the bottom corner from 12 yards after being teed up by Will Atkinson.

Accrington almost snatched a point but substitute Shay McCartan's volley was tipped wide by Shrimpers goalkeeper Daniel Bentley.

Southend United manager Phil Brown told BBC Essex:

"They are a difficult team to play against. They come with a physical tactic and you've got to try and beat it.

"I'm not saying it's ever going to be pretty against them. I sensed one or two frustrations from the crowd, but they've got to be patient.

"It's our sixth clean sheet in eight games, we've conceded two goals in those eight games and one of those was a penalty.

"Defensively we still look quite solid although we had one or two harum-scarum moments."

Line-ups

Southend

  • 17Bentley
  • 2White
  • 3Coker
  • 18Leonard
  • 35Sokolik
  • 32Egan
  • 12Atkinson
  • 8TimlinSubstituted forLozaat 58'minutes
  • 10CorrSubstituted forProsserat 85'minutes
  • 15MurphySubstituted forC Cliffordat 75'minutes
  • 14Hurst

Substitutes

  • 6Prosser
  • 7Eastwood
  • 9Loza
  • 11Straker
  • 16C Clifford
  • 25Chambers
  • 39Barnard

Accrington

  • 26Bettinelli
  • 23Buxton
  • 3Liddle
  • 2MurphyBooked at 10mins
  • 6Winnard
  • 5Aldred
  • 15MingoiaSubstituted forWebberat 85'minutes
  • 4Joyce
  • 17GraySubstituted forMcCartanat 77'minutes
  • 10Hatfield
  • 11NaismithSubstituted forOdejayiat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7McCartan
  • 9Webber
  • 16Hunt
  • 20Windass
  • 24Odejayi
  • 25Atkinson
  • 44Bowerman
Referee:
Steven Rushton
Attendance:
5,915

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthendAway TeamAccrington
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home8
Away5
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home15
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Southend United 1, Accrington Stanley 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Southend United 1, Accrington Stanley 0.

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

Attempt missed. Ben Coker (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley).

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

Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ben Coker (Southend United).

Tom Aldred (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Luke Prosser (Southend United).

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Luke Prosser replaces Barry Corr.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Danny Webber replaces Piero Mingoia.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Daniel Bentley.

Attempt saved. Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jakub Sokolik (Southend United).

Attempt missed. Barry Corr (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Foul by Adam Buxton (Accrington Stanley).

Ben Coker (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Barry Corr (Southend United).

Attempt missed. Adam Buxton (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Shay McCartan replaces James Gray.

Piero Mingoia (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Leonard (Southend United).

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Conor Clifford replaces Jacob Murphy.

Will Hatfield (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jamar Loza (Southend United).

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

Foul by Michael Liddle (Accrington Stanley).

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

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by John Egan.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Ben Coker.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Kayode Odejayi replaces Kal Naismith.

Foul by Will Atkinson (Southend United).

Will Hatfield (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Southend United 1, Accrington Stanley 0. Barry Corr (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kevan Hurst.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Piero Mingoia.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Jamar Loza replaces Michael Timlin.

Foul by Luke Joyce (Accrington Stanley).

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