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Peterborough United 1-4 Southend United

Southend's fine form continued with an emphatic victory at promotion rivals Peterborough lifting the Essex club up to fifth in League One.

Posh were counting the cost of last Saturday's defeat at Walsall which deprived manager Grant McCann of three of his first-choice midfielders to injury and suspension.

Lively front men Craig Mackail-Smith and Junior Morais toiled for the hosts but found Southend's defenders in miserly mood.

Yet the match between the two play-off hopefuls soon followed the pattern of the respective clubs' progress of recent weeks, with Southend slowly turning the screw on their faltering opponents.

Ryan Inniss had just hit a Posh post after a smart turn and shot when Jason Demetriou broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time.

The Cyprus international full-back glanced home Marc-Antoine Fortune's deflected cross to bag his first goal for the Shrimpers.

Phil Brown's men came on even stronger after the break and Fortune slotted home a through ball from Anthony Wordsworth on the hour.

The points were all but sealed four minutes later when Wordsworth took advantage of Posh's dithering defenders to crash in Southend's third goal from 18 yards.

Peterborough substitute Tom Nichols hit a classy consolation from Marcus Maddison's pass, but Michael Timlin fired in a fourth for the visitors in time added on.

Match report supplied by the Press Association

Line-ups

Peterborough

  • 1McGee
  • 2Smith
  • 6Baldwin
  • 5Tafazolli
  • 3Hughes
  • 11Maddison
  • 4Bostwick
  • 18Da Silva Lopes
  • 36SamuelsenSubstituted forTaylorat 66'minutes
  • 13Mackail-Smith
  • 37MoriasSubstituted forNicholsat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Angol
  • 10Taylor
  • 12Ball
  • 14Tyler
  • 16Inman
  • 21Nichols
  • 29Binnom-Williams

Southend

  • 22Smith
  • 24Demetriou
  • 33Inniss
  • 5Thompson
  • 3Coker
  • 8Timlin
  • 18Leonard
  • 4Wordsworth
  • 17McGlashanSubstituted forRobinsonat 66'minutes
  • 10CoxBooked at 25minsSubstituted forRangerat 74'minutes
  • 14FortunéSubstituted forO'Neillat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2White
  • 7O'Neill
  • 16Amos
  • 29Nouble
  • 31Robinson
  • 40Bexon
  • 50Ranger
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
4,597

Match Stats

Home TeamPeterboroughAway TeamSouthend
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home14
Away14
Shots on Target
Home6
Away8
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Peterborough United 1, Southend United 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Peterborough United 1, Southend United 4.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Peterborough United 1, Southend United 4. Michael Timlin (Southend United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nile Ranger.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Ted Smith.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Paul Taylor (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Marcus Maddison (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Luke O'Neill (Southend United).

  8. Post update

    Paul Taylor (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Luke O'Neill (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Hughes (Peterborough United).

  11. Post update

    Hand ball by Ryan Tafazolli (Peterborough United).

  12. Post update

    Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Michael Timlin.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Southend United. Luke O'Neill replaces Marc-Antoine Fortuné.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Jack Baldwin.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Theo Robinson (Southend United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Peterborough United 1, Southend United 3. Tom Nichols (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Marcus Maddison.

  17. Post update

    Delay in match Ryan Inniss (Southend United) because of an injury.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Paul Taylor (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Marcus Maddison (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd33198659352465
2Scunthorpe32179658332560
3Bolton31177744251958
4Fleetwood331610747321558
5Southend331411851401153
6Bradford331216542311152
7Millwall3214994740751
8Rochdale31146114440448
9Peterborough33138124645147
10Oxford Utd31137113833546
11Bristol Rovers331210115052-246
12Walsall33111394143-246
13Charlton3291584034642
14Wimbledon32913104343040
15Northampton33117155054-440
16MK Dons32109134040039
17Shrewsbury33108153445-1138
18Gillingham33812134252-1036
19Oldham33811142133-1235
20Bury3397175061-1134
21Port Vale31810133349-1634
22Swindon3379172947-1830
23Chesterfield3377193152-2128
24Coventry32510172849-2125
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