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Southend United 1-3 Gillingham

Gillingham fought back from an early setback to start their League One season with a 3-1 win at Southend.

The Shrimpers went in front midway through the first half with Stephen McLaughlin on target but Gillingham hit back to secure all three points at Roots Hall.

Southend, who had manager Phil Brown in the stands serving a touchline ban, started well with David Mooney threatening from 12 yards before they broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute when McLaughlin's long-range shot squirmed under the body of Gillingham goalkeeper Stuart Nelson.

The visiting number one soon made amends by denying Mooney from six yards before Gillingham hit back in the 38th minute with Jay Emmanuel-Thomas firing home Paul Konchesky's left-wing corner.

Gillingham took the lead two minutes into the second half when Max Ehmer headed home a long right-wing throw from Ryan Jackson.

Southend rarely looked like grabbing an equaliser and the visitors completed the scoring in the 79th minute when Emmanuel Osadebe sent a controlled right-footed shot into the bottom left corner of the net.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Southend

  • 1Oxley
  • 24DemetriouSubstituted forKingat 78'minutes
  • 6Barrett
  • 5Thompson
  • 3Coker
  • 17McGlashan
  • 18Leonard
  • 12Atkinson
  • 11McLaughlinSubstituted forO'Neillat 85'minutes
  • 10Cox
  • 9MooneySubstituted forWilliamsat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2White
  • 7O'Neill
  • 15Sokolik
  • 16King
  • 19Bridge
  • 20Williams
  • 22Smith

Gillingham

  • 1NelsonBooked at 77mins
  • 2Jackson
  • 5Ehmer
  • 6Oshilaja
  • 12Konchesky
  • 44WrightBooked at 61mins
  • 33Byrne
  • 16OsadebeSubstituted forKnottat 90+1'minutes
  • 23Dack
  • 50Emmanuel-ThomasSubstituted forQuigleyat 87'minutes
  • 10McDonaldSubstituted forDonnellyat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Hessenthaler
  • 9Donnelly
  • 11Knott
  • 13Hadler
  • 17Quigley
  • 20Oldaker
  • 22Dickenson
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
8,141

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthendAway TeamGillingham
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home10
Away18
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Southend United 1, Gillingham 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Southend United 1, Gillingham 3.

Foul by Adam King (Southend United).

Joe Quigley (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Jermaine McGlashan (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Rory Donnelly (Gillingham).

Foul by Adam King (Southend United).

Ryan Jackson (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Billy Knott replaces Emmanuel Osadebe because of an injury.

Foul by Adam Barrett (Southend United).

Bradley Dack (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Rory Donnelly (Gillingham) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is just a bit too high.

Foul by Adam Thompson (Southend United).

Josh Wright (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Joe Quigley replaces Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Adedeji Oshilaja.

Attempt missed. Simon Cox (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Luke O'Neill replaces Stephen McLaughlin.

Jermaine McGlashan (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mark Byrne (Gillingham).

Attempt missed. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Southend United 1, Gillingham 3. Emmanuel Osadebe (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

Adam Barrett (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rory Donnelly (Gillingham).

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Adam King replaces Jason Demetriou.

Attempt blocked. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Gillingham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Stuart Nelson (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Rory Donnelly (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

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

Foul by Rory Donnelly (Gillingham).

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Rory Donnelly replaces Cody McDonald.

Attempt missed. Simon Cox (Southend United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Stephen McLaughlin (Southend United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Stephen McLaughlin (Southend United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Jason Williams replaces David Mooney.

Adam Barrett (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Cody McDonald (Gillingham).

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Ben Coker.

Attempt blocked. Mark Byrne (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Jermaine McGlashan (Southend United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Millwall11003033
2Gillingham11003123
3Scunthorpe11003123
4Walsall11003123
5Bury11002023
6Peterborough11003213
7Bolton11001013
8MK Dons11001013
9Swindon11001013
10Chesterfield10101101
11Fleetwood10101101
12Northampton10101101
13Oxford Utd10101101
14Bradford10100001
15Port Vale10100001
16Rochdale100123-10
17Coventry100101-10
18Sheff Utd100101-10
19Shrewsbury100101-10
20Wimbledon100113-20
21Bristol Rovers100113-20
22Southend100113-20
23Charlton100102-20
24Oldham100103-30
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