Match ends, Walsall 0, Southend United 1.
League Two bottom club Southend claimed their first win since March as Emile Acquah's late goal earned them a deserved victory at Walsall.
The 20-year-old substitute turned in the box before firing into the bottom corner two minutes from time, shortly after Elijah Adebayo had hit the bar with a penalty for Walsall.
Southend could have led inside two minutes when Brandon Goodship raced on to goalkeeper Mark Oxley's up and under, but Walsall stopper Liam Roberts denied him one-on-one.
Roberts then made a double save to deny Timothee Dieng and superbly tipped a header wide from the midfielder before the break.
Walsall's only real chance of the half saw Oxley push Alfie Bates' 20-yarder wide, but they improved after the break and the Southend keeper did superbly to thwart Dan Scarr's close-range header.
When Tom Clifford brought down Cameron Norman, Southend looked set for a seventh straight league defeat, but Adebayo blazed his 81st-minute penalty onto the bar.
Acquah took full advantage with an accurate finish five minutes later to end Southend's long wait for a first win of the season.
Match report supplied by PA Media.
- 14Cockerill-MollettSubstituted forSadlerat 69'minutes
- 8KinsellaSubstituted forOsadebeat 74'minutes
- 12BatesBooked at 90mins
- 9LaverySubstituted forScrimshawat 64'minutes
- 48WhiteSubstituted forAcquahat 65'minutes
- 26LennonBooked at 43mins
- 11EgbriSubstituted forSterlingat 89'minutes
- Craig Hicks
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Walsall 0, Southend United 1.
Second yellow card to Alfie Bates (Walsall) for a bad foul.
Foul by Alfie Bates (Walsall).
Kazaiah Sterling (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Cameron Norman (Walsall).
Ashley Nathaniel-George (Southend United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Substitution, Southend United. Kazaiah Sterling replaces Terrell Egbri.
Goal! Walsall 0, Southend United 1. Emile Acquah (Southend United) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ashley Nathaniel-George.
Attempt missed. Dan Scarr (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Cameron Norman with a cross.
Attempt saved. Emmanuel Osadebe (Walsall) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Wesley McDonald.
Attempt missed. James Olayinka (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Terrell Egbri.
Attempt blocked. Emmanuel Osadebe (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rory Holden.
Rory Holden (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Emile Acquah (Southend United).
Attempt blocked. Rory Holden (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Emmanuel Osadebe (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Alfie Bates (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Alfie Bates (Walsall).
Terrell Egbri (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
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