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Southend United 3-1 Bristol Rovers

Southend ended a turbulent week with a well-deserved win against Bristol Rovers at Roots Hall.

Despite a number of senior players still not being paid, the Shrimpers produced a committed display to end a run of six successive defeats.

Rovers, who have now won just once in 18 games, came close to taking an early lead when Alfie Kilgour headed against the left post.

But Southend hit back and broke the deadlock in the 18th minute when Charlie Kelman sent a low 25-yard shot into the bottom left hand corner of the net.

Rovers hit back to equalise immediately after half-time when Jayden Mitchell-Lawson capitalised on a mistake from Elvis Bwomono to charge through on goal.

However, Sol Campbell's side, who are 16 points adrift, regained the lead in the 55th when Terrell Egbri netted the first senior goal of his career, firing home a fine left-wing cross from Eren Kinali.

The Shrimpers then wrapped up their win in the 79th minute as Kilgour diverted Stephen McLaughlin's cross into his own net.

Report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Southend

  • 20Gunnarsson
  • 47Mitchell-Nelson
  • 2Bwomono
  • 19Shaughnessy
  • 33Clifford
  • 34Egbri
  • 43Kinali
  • 24DemetriouBooked at 70mins
  • 16GardSubstituted forRushat 90+2'minutes
  • 11McLaughlin
  • 23Kelman

Substitutes

  • 14Goodship
  • 25Barratt
  • 27Kyprianou
  • 36Hutchinson
  • 40Seaden
  • 41Rush
  • 44Howard

Bristol Rovers

  • 21Blackman
  • 15Kilgour
  • 5Craig
  • 25HarriesBooked at 86mins
  • 22HareSubstituted forRodmanat 66'minutes
  • 7Sercombe
  • 6UpsonBooked at 64minsSubstituted forBennettat 65'minutes
  • 8O Clarke
  • 11Leahy
  • 17DalySubstituted forAbrahamat 74'minutes
  • 27Mitchell-Lawson

Substitutes

  • 1van Stappershoef
  • 3Holmes-Dennis
  • 23Bennett
  • 24Menayese
  • 29Abraham
  • 33Rodman
  • 36Hargreaves
Referee:
James Oldham
Attendance:
5,806

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthendAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home14
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Southend United 3, Bristol Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Southend United 3, Bristol Rovers 1.

Attempt missed. Alex Rodman (Bristol Rovers) header from a difficult angle on the right is just a bit too high. Assisted by Luke Leahy with a cross.

Foul by Timmy Abraham (Bristol Rovers).

Jason Demetriou (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Matt Rush replaces Lewis Gard because of an injury.

Hand ball by Timmy Abraham (Bristol Rovers).

Booking

Cian Harries (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Cian Harries (Bristol Rovers).

Eren Kinali (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Southend United. Eren Kinali tries a through ball, but Stephen McLaughlin is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Elvis Bwomono (Southend United) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Tom Clifford with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Tony Craig.

Foul by Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers).

Eren Kinali (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Timmy Abraham (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kyle Bennett.

Goal!

Own Goal by Alfie Kilgour, Bristol Rovers. Southend United 3, Bristol Rovers 1.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Patrik Gunnarsson.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Joe Shaughnessy.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Timmy Abraham replaces James Daly.

Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Gard (Southend United).

Attempt saved. Charlie Kelman (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Charlie Kelman (Southend United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Eren Kinali.

Booking

Jason Demetriou (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.

Jayden Mitchell-Lawson (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jason Demetriou (Southend United).

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Jamal Blackman.

Attempt saved. Stephen McLaughlin (Southend United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jason Demetriou.

Attempt missed. Stephen McLaughlin (Southend United) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

Charlie Kelman (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Elvis Bwomono (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Alex Rodman replaces Josh Hare.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Kyle Bennett replaces Ed Upson.

Booking

Ed Upson (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ed Upson (Bristol Rovers).

Eren Kinali (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Alfie Kilgour (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Charlie Kelman (Southend United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Coventry341813348301867
2Rotherham35188961382362
3Oxford Utd35179961372460
4Peterborough351781068402859
5Sunderland351611848301859
6Portsmouth34178951341759
7Fleetwood341611749361359
8Wycombe3417894540559
9Doncaster341591051331854
10Ipswich3614101246361052
11Gillingham35121584234851
12Burton341211114848047
13Blackpool341112114341245
14Lincoln City35126174446-242
15Bristol Rovers34119143649-1342
16Shrewsbury341011133142-1141
17Accrington351010154753-640
18MK Dons35107183647-1137
19Rochdale34106183957-1836
20Wimbledon35811163952-1335
21Tranmere3378183459-2529
22Southend3547243985-4619
23Bolton33510182564-3913
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