Exeter City 3, Southend United 0

Echo: Alex Woodyard is tackled by Exeter's John O'Flynn Alex Woodyard is tackled by Exeter's John O'Flynn

SOUTHEND United sunk to their third successive league defeat this afternoon, losing 3-0 at play off rivals Exeter City.

Blues, who lost influential midfielder Marc Laird through injury after 29 minutes, thought they had taken the lead when Barry Corr’s header from Gavin Tomlin’s right wing cross bounced down after hitting the underside of the crossbar.

However, the match officials deemed the ball had not crossed the line and Exeter took full advantage of the let off by going in front in the 43rd minute when John O’Flynn drilled a low 18 yard shot in to the back of the net via the inside of the left post.

That effort came slightly against the run of play but Exeter were by far the stronger side after the break and doubled their in the 80th minute, with Scot Bennett on target.

The midfielder leapt high to meet a left wing corner from Matt Oakley and headed a looping effort back over Blues goalkeeper Paul Smith and in to the left hand side of the goal.

The Grecians then completed the scoring three minutes from time when O’Flynn tapped home after being teed up by Jimmy Keohane.

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11:06am Sun 13 Jan 13

gary 51 says...

One reason the Blues will not get promotion is they are not taking points of the top clubs around them.
All round as a team we are not quite good enough in certain areas especially in goal and up front and unfortunately with no money to spend then it will be the bridesmaid not the bride come the end of he season.
One reason the Blues will not get promotion is they are not taking points of the top clubs around them. All round as a team we are not quite good enough in certain areas especially in goal and up front and unfortunately with no money to spend then it will be the bridesmaid not the bride come the end of he season. gary 51

3:23pm Sun 13 Jan 13

benfleetblue says...

The manager isn't good enough to take the team out of this division-too many changes and no consistancy- same as last season. League two nxt season again i'm afraid
The manager isn't good enough to take the team out of this division-too many changes and no consistancy- same as last season. League two nxt season again i'm afraid benfleetblue

9:53pm Sun 13 Jan 13

shoeburyboy says...

Lets start a petition to get rid of Sturrock he is no good and the Sainsbury deal is as good as dead, sold the crown jewels I think
Lets start a petition to get rid of Sturrock he is no good and the Sainsbury deal is as good as dead, sold the crown jewels I think shoeburyboy

8:14am Mon 14 Jan 13

Dumain says...

I will sign it. Even when we win the football is so negative and boring. He has to go.
I will sign it. Even when we win the football is so negative and boring. He has to go. Dumain

6:45pm Mon 14 Jan 13

Shrimper Nation says...

The usual bonkers responses on here to a defeat. The modern football fan reacts to setbacks like a spoilt child who has had his favourite toy taken off him.
The usual bonkers responses on here to a defeat. The modern football fan reacts to setbacks like a spoilt child who has had his favourite toy taken off him. Shrimper Nation
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