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Forest GreenForest Green Rovers1SouthendSouthend United3

Forest Green Rovers 1-3 Southend United

Lewis Thomas is beaten by Nathan Ferguson's stunning shot
Unlike other long-range goals, Nathan Ferguson's shot beat a keeper in Lewis Thomas who was well placed

Nathan Ferguson scored a spectacular long-range goal to help Southend rise off the foot of the League Two table and deny Forest Green the chance to go top, with a surprise 3-1 away victory.

Shaun Hobson's sumptuous first-half volley and Tim Dieng's strike after the break was capped by Ferguson's 70th minute thunderbolt.

Jamille Matt pulled a goal back for Rovers four minutes from time on a chastening night for Mark Cooper's side.

Resurgent Southend opened the scoring after 20 minutes - defender Hobson thumping in a volley beyond a static Lewis Thomas after the ball dropped to him on the edge of the box from a partially cleared Kyle Taylor free-kick.

Rovers had to wait until the 45th minute to muster their first shot in anger - Odin Bailey inducing a gloved response from Mark Oxley.

Southend made it 2-0 when Simeon Akinola drove into the box for Dieng to curl home in the 55th minute.

And Ferguson's searing shot from distance which flew into the net was the pick of the goals with 20 minutes to go.

Matt's 12th goal of the season from a Jake Young cross with four minutes to go was scant reward for Rovers as Southend moved one point above the drop zone.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Forest Green

Formation 4-3-3

  • 24Thomas
  • 22Godwin-Malife
  • 5StokesSubstituted forRichardsonat 45'minutes
  • 15Moore-TaylorBooked at 35mins
  • 6Cargill
  • 7HutchinsonSubstituted forCollinsat 45'minutes
  • 8Adams
  • 20WhitehouseSubstituted forWagstaffat 71'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 17BaileySubstituted forYoungat 84'minutes
  • 23DavisonSubstituted forMattat 45'minutes
  • 11Cadden

Substitutes

  • 1McGee
  • 3Bernard
  • 10Collins
  • 14Matt
  • 18Young
  • 21Wagstaff
  • 25Richardson

Southend

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Oxley
  • 2BwomonoBooked at 67mins
  • 5HobsonBooked at 51mins
  • 48White
  • 12Clifford
  • 28TaylorSubstituted forMcCormackat 71'minutes
  • 8Dieng
  • 44FergusonSubstituted forDemetriouat 88'minutes
  • 17Hackett-FairchildSubstituted forHolmesat 87'minutes
  • 18AcquahSubstituted forNathaniel-Georgeat 80'minutes
  • 9AkinolaSubstituted forGoodshipat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4McCormack
  • 6Cordner
  • 10Goodship
  • 13Seaden
  • 20Nathaniel-George
  • 24Demetriou
  • 30Holmes
Referee:
Lee Swabey

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamSouthend
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home8
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 1, Southend United 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 1, Southend United 3.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Lewis Thomas.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jason Demetriou (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ashley Nathaniel-George.

  5. Post update

    Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Alan McCormack (Southend United).

  7. Post update

    Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Baily Cargill tries a through ball, but Jamille Matt is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Jake Young (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Timothee Dieng (Southend United).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Southend United. Brandon Goodship replaces Simeon Akinola.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Southend United. Jason Demetriou replaces Nathan Ferguson.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Southend United. Ricky Holmes replaces Reeco Hackett-Fairchild.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Scott Wagstaff (Forest Green Rovers).

  14. Post update

    John White (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Forest Green Rovers 1, Southend United 3. Jamille Matt (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jake Young with a cross.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Jake Young replaces Odin Bailey.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers).

  18. Post update

    Timothee Dieng (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Offside, Southend United. Nathan Ferguson tries a through ball, but Simeon Akinola is caught offside.

  20. Booking

    Scott Wagstaff (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cambridge31157947291852
2Forest Green29149640291151
3Cheltenham29148738261250
4Morecambe3014794141049
5Tranmere2914694036448
6Newport2913883831747
7Exeter281210651351646
8Salford29129839251445
9Bolton30128103840-244
10Carlisle26134937271043
11Bradford28117103231140
12Leyton Orient29116123531439
13Harrogate30116133437-339
14Crawley28108103837138
15Walsall2981383538-337
16Scunthorpe28112153137-635
17Oldham29105144653-735
18Port Vale3097144144-334
19Mansfield2971393740-334
20Stevenage31713112431-734
21Colchester29712103139-833
22Southend3076172146-2527
23Barrow2868143339-626
24Grimsby2866162247-2524
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