Match ends, Accrington Stanley 0, Southend United 1.
A late penalty from summer signing Lee Barnard was enough to give Southend United victory at Accrington Stanley.
The home side almost took the lead after two minutes as James Gray's deflected strike struck the bar.
After the break, debutant goalkeeper Luke Simpson was Stanley's hero, saving a Barry Corr penalty after Shaquile Coulthirst had been brought down.
However, Dean Winnard fouled substitute Barnard in the box late on and the striker stepped up to score the winner.
- 3LiddleBooked at 75mins
- 4JoyceSubstituted forMcCartanat 87'minutes
- 11NaismithSubstituted forAlabiat 78'minutes
- 9GrayBooked at 90mins
- 6ProsserBooked at 73mins
- 14HurstSubstituted forAtkinsonat 88'minutesBooked at 90mins
- 10CorrSubstituted forBarnardat 72'minutes
- 17CoulthirstSubstituted forWorrallat 65'minutes
- Andy Haines
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Accrington Stanley 0, Southend United 1.
Lee Barnard (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.
James Gray (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by James Gray (Accrington Stanley).
Lee Barnard (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Southend United. Will Atkinson replaces Kevan Hurst.
Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Nicky Hunt.
Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Shay McCartan replaces Luke Joyce.
Adam Buxton (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ben Coker (Southend United).
Goal! Accrington Stanley 0, Southend United 1. Lee Barnard (Southend United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.
Penalty conceded by Dean Winnard (Accrington Stanley) after a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty Southend United. Lee Barnard draws a foul in the penalty area.
Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Conor Clifford.
James Alabi (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Cian Bolger (Southend United).
Attempt saved. Myles Weston (Southend United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Substitution, Accrington Stanley. James Alabi replaces Kal Naismith.
Michael Liddle (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card.