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Southend United 3-1 Coventry City

Southend made it nine League One games unbeaten with a convincing win over struggling Coventry at Roots Hall.

The Shrimpers went in front after just six minutes when Anthony Wordsworth fired home from 12 yards after a bright burst into the box by Jason Demetriou.

The Sky Blues hit back with goalkeeper Mark Oxley doing well to deny both Andy Rose and Daniel Agyei before visiting shot-stopper Lee Burge was forced off injured in the 44th minute after being clattered into by Nile Ranger.

But Southend got back on top after the break and doubled their lead in the 64th minute when Anton Ferdinand volleyed home from close range after being picked out by Ryan Leonard's header from a Wordsworth free-kick.

Phil Brown's side made it 3-0 in the 69th minute as Stephen McLaughlin's right-footed shot struck the inside of the left post before hitting the back of substitute goalkeeper Reice Charles-Cook and rolling into the net.

The fortuitous strike heaped further misery on Coventry, who sit in the relegation zone, but they did net a late-minute consolation strike when Agyei scored from close range.

Reports supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Southend

  • 1Oxley
  • 24Demetriou
  • 5Thompson
  • 35FerdinandSubstituted forSokolikat 87'minutes
  • 8Timlin
  • 7O'Neill
  • 18Leonard
  • 4Wordsworth
  • 11McLaughlin
  • 10Cox
  • 50RangerSubstituted forFortunéat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2White
  • 14Fortuné
  • 15Sokolik
  • 16King
  • 17McGlashan
  • 19Bridge
  • 22Smith

Coventry

  • 1BurgeSubstituted forCharles-Cookat 44'minutes
  • 30Kelly-EvansBooked at 64mins
  • 2WillisBooked at 60mins
  • 4Turnbull
  • 15Page
  • 6Rose
  • 5Bigirimana
  • 12McCannBooked at 12minsSubstituted forMaycockat 77'minutes
  • 21Wright
  • 9Agyei
  • 17SordellSubstituted forJonesat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Jones
  • 11Reid
  • 13Gadzhev
  • 20Tudgay
  • 23Charles-Cook
  • 27Thomas
  • 35Maycock
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
6,430

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthendAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home11
Away11
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home6
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Southend United 3, Coventry City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Southend United 3, Coventry City 1.

Attempt missed. Daniel Agyei (Coventry City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Adam Thompson.

Goal!

Goal! Southend United 3, Coventry City 1. Daniel Agyei (Coventry City) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jodi Jones.

Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jodi Jones (Coventry City).

Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andre Wright (Coventry City).

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Jakub Sokolik replaces Anton Ferdinand because of an injury.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Lewis Page.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Marc-Antoine Fortuné replaces Nile Ranger.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Dion Kelly-Evans.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Lewis Page.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Callum Maycock replaces Chris McCann.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Jodi Jones replaces Marvin Sordell.

Attempt saved. Luke O'Neill (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Southend United 3, Coventry City 0. Stephen McLaughlin (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Southend United 2, Coventry City 0. Anton Ferdinand (Southend United) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ryan Leonard.

Booking

Dion Kelly-Evans (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Stephen McLaughlin (Southend United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Dion Kelly-Evans (Coventry City).

Attempt missed. Andre Wright (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Nile Ranger (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dion Kelly-Evans (Coventry City).

Attempt missed. Ryan Leonard (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Booking

Jordan Willis (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Stephen McLaughlin (Southend United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jordan Willis (Coventry City).

Foul by Simon Cox (Southend United).

Dion Kelly-Evans (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Stephen McLaughlin (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andy Rose (Coventry City).

Jason Demetriou (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Marvin Sordell (Coventry City).

Attempt missed. Andre Wright (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

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

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Lewis Page.

Michael Timlin (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Andre Wright (Coventry City).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Scunthorpe21135343202344
2Sheff Utd21125438221641
3Bolton20124424121240
4Bradford219932718936
5Rochdale2110383027333
6Peterborough2095633231032
7Fleetwood219573327632
8Southend218762928131
9Bristol Rovers218673337-430
10Wimbledon217863025529
11Charlton2061042619728
12Millwall208483232028
13Northampton217683130127
14Oxford Utd217682525027
15Port Vale217682632-627
16Gillingham207582932-326
17Walsall216872430-626
18MK Dons216692630-424
19Swindon2165102132-1123
20Bury2162133042-1220
21Coventry2147101828-1019
22Oldham203981222-1018
23Chesterfield2153132639-1318
24Shrewsbury2146112034-1418
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