Match ends, Southend United 3, Grimsby Town 1.
Greg Halford scored on his debut as Southend secured back-to-back wins for the first time since October 2018 with victory against 10-man Grimsby at Roots Hall.
The Shrimpers, who are now just a point behind 22nd-place Barrow, opened the scoring inside the first minute, with Kyle Taylor volleying home from the edge of the box after Elvis Bwomono's cross had been cleared into his path.
Grimsby responded well, with Ira Jackson Junior and Owen Windsor both being denied by the woodwork before the Mariners equalised just before the break with Jackson stabbing the ball home from close range.
However, Southend - who also beat Scunthorpe 1-0 on Saturday - improved after the break and regained the lead in the 57th minute with Tom Clifford firing home from Jason Demetriou's corner.
Mark Molesley's side sealed the win in the 75th minute with new signing Halford heading home a high cross from Clifford.
And Halford was involved again deep into stoppage time as Luke Waterfall was shown a second yellow card for a foul on the new boy.
Report supplied by PA Media.
- 28TaylorSubstituted forMcCormackat 64'minutes
- 7OlayinkaSubstituted forKlassat 89'minutes
- 17SterlingSubstituted forEgbriat 45'minutesBooked at 89mins
- 42HartSubstituted forHalfordat 64'minutes
- 18AcquahSubstituted forAkinolaat 45'minutes
- 6WaterfallBooked at 90mins
- 15CliftonSubstituted forTilleyat 65'minutes
- 22HewittBooked at 68mins
- 4RoseSubstituted forMoraisat 23'minutes
- 20EdwardsSubstituted forBennettat 79'minutes
- 8WindsorSubstituted forGibsonat 65'minutes
- 16Jackson JrSubstituted forSisayat 79'minutes
- Sam Allison
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Southend United 3, Grimsby Town 1.
Second yellow card to Luke Waterfall (Grimsby Town) for a bad foul.
Foul by Luke Waterfall (Grimsby Town).
Greg Halford (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Offside, Grimsby Town. Filipe Morais tries a through ball, but Kyle Bennett is caught offside.
Terrell Egbri (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.
Offside, Southend United. Terrell Egbri tries a through ball, but Greg Halford is caught offside.
Substitution, Southend United. Michael Klass replaces James Olayinka.
Elliott Hewitt (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jason Demetriou (Southend United).
Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Danny Preston.
Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Matthew Pollock.
Foul by Alhagi Sisay (Grimsby Town).
Timothee Dieng (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Luke Waterfall.
Attempt blocked. James Tilley (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
James Tilley (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Tom Clifford (Southend United).
Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Tom Clifford.