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Southend United 2-0 Rotherham United

Southend United ended a run of three successive draws with a win against play-off chasing Rotherham at Roots Hall.

The Shrimpers, who had been beaten 5-0 by the Millers in August, went ahead after just seven minutes when Simon Cox played in Stephen McLaughlin to score with a neatly controlled left-footed shot.

Millers goalkeeper Lewis Price then stopped Marc-Antoine Fortune making it 2-0 when the striker was clean through on goal, before David Ball fired wide for the visitors on the stroke of half-time.

After the break, Rotherham stepped things up and Southend goalkeeper Mark Oxley denied Richie Towell from long range.

But the Shrimpers recovered strongly and doubled their lead in the 80th minute when Cox beat Semi Ajayi in the left-hand side of the penalty area before netting with a low shot for his first goal since Boxing Day.

The Millers still threatened, with Michael Smith having a header cleared off the line by McLaughlin before Towell hit the crossbar late on.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Southend

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Oxley
  • 42Bwomono
  • 6Turner
  • 48White
  • 3Coker
  • 11McLaughlin
  • 16Yearwood
  • 18MantomSubstituted forTimlinat 69'minutes
  • 4Wordsworth
  • 9FortunéSubstituted forHarrisonat 81'minutes
  • 10CoxSubstituted forWrightat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Ferdinand
  • 7Kightly
  • 8Timlin
  • 13Bishop
  • 21Harrison
  • 31Robinson
  • 44Wright

Rotherham

Formation 4-4-2

  • 12Price
  • 2EmmanuelSubstituted forYatesat 58'minutes
  • 4Vaulks
  • 5Ajayi
  • 3MattockBooked at 76mins
  • 11TaylorSubstituted forFordeat 58'minutes
  • 8Palmer
  • 17Towell
  • 23WilliamsSubstituted forNewellat 73'minutes
  • 10Ball
  • 24Smith

Substitutes

  • 6Wood
  • 7Forde
  • 20Ihiekwe
  • 21Yates
  • 22Newell
  • 25Cummings
  • 30Bilboe
Referee:
Brett Huxtable
Attendance:
7,719

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthendAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home8
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Southend United 2, Rotherham United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Southend United 2, Rotherham United 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Michael Smith (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

    John White (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Michael Smith (Rotherham United).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Ben Coker (Southend United).

  7. Post update

    Anthony Forde (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Elvis Bwomono.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Southend United. Josh Wright replaces Simon Cox.

  11. Post update

    Dru Yearwood (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Palmer (Rotherham United).

  13. Post update

    Richard Towell (Rotherham United) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the left side of the box.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Michael Smith (Rotherham United) header from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Elvis Bwomono.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Southend United. Shayon Harrison replaces Marc-Antoine Fortuné.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Southend United 2, Rotherham United 0. Simon Cox (Southend United) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mark Oxley.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Michael Turner.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Anthony Wordsworth (Southend United) left footed shot from very close range is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

  20. Booking

    Joe Mattock (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Shrewsbury38239651282378
2Wigan36238568234577
3Blackburn372210570353576
4Rotherham382051363451865
5Scunthorpe391514105647959
6Peterborough3815121160481257
7Plymouth38169134747057
8Charlton371510124646055
9Bradford37165164954-553
10Portsmouth37164174547-252
11Bristol Rovers38156175457-351
12Southend381311144555-1050
13Gillingham371213124241149
14Blackpool381114134448-447
15Doncaster371113134544146
16Oxford Utd36129155254-245
17Fleetwood38129175057-745
18Walsall381111164757-1044
19Wimbledon38119183749-1242
20Oldham361010165062-1240
21Northampton391010193663-2740
22MK Dons38912173751-1439
23Rochdale36714153545-1035
24Bury3879223157-2630
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