Match ends, Southend United 2, York City 1.
Luke Prosser's injury-time goal secured Southend a late win against York as both sides ended the game with 10 men.
Kevan Hurst put the Shrimpers ahead early on with a well-struck, angled shot, before Ryan Bowman levelled with a low effort just before the hour.
Hurst was sent off minutes later for a second yellow card and Bowman followed him down the tunnel on 86 minutes.
And Prosser nodded home a Ben Coker right-wing free-kick late in added time to steal a fourth-successive win.
VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Southend United manager Phil Brown told BBC Essex:
"I'm delighted for the boys. The application and the way they are at this moment in time is a pleasure to work with. The spirit in the camp is first-class.
"First half, I thought York played better than us. We didn't pass the ball anywhere near like what we have been doing.
"We told the players at half-time not to get the ball forward as quickly as they were trying to do and play that extra pass with a bit of quality. We did so for the first five minutes, then got sucked into exactly the same game.
"When you are not at your best and you still get three points, that is a great sign."
York City manager Nigel Worthington told BBC Radio York:
"Performance-wise, I couldn't fault the performance of the lads, the energy, the quality, the chances created. We worked hard during the course of the game, there were so many good things.
"The a free-kick at the end was not even their free-kick, it was our free kick, but the referee has given it to them - but then we've got to do better than what we did with it.
"There's a lot of plusses, but the result is the one that knocks you."
- 15KiernanBooked at 47mins
- 14HurstBooked at 58mins
- 11StrakerSubstituted forWoodrowat 81'minutes
- 14MontroseBooked at 40mins
- 6ParslowSubstituted forMcGurkat 14'minutes
- 29WhitehouseBooked at 62mins
- 19BowmanBooked at 86mins
- Darren Sheldrake
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Southend United 2, York City 1.
Goal! Southend United 2, York City 1. Luke Prosser (Southend United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ben Coker with a cross following a set piece situation.
Cauley Woodrow (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ben Davies (York City).
Attempt missed. Cauley Woodrow (Southend United) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.
Foul by Ben Coker (Southend United).
Lanre Oyebanjo (York City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Ryan Bowman (York City) is shown the red card for a bad foul.
John White (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Ryan Bowman (York City).
Foul by Cauley Woodrow (Southend United).
Lanre Oyebanjo (York City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Southend United. Cauley Woodrow replaces Anthony Straker.
Attempt missed. Elliot Whitehouse (York City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.
Attempt saved. Keith Lowe (York City) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Corner, York City. Conceded by Michael Timlin.
Corner, York City. Conceded by Ben Coker.
Attempt missed. Michael Timlin (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.
Attempt saved. Michael Timlin (Southend United) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the top centre of the goal.