Southend United 3, Chesterfield 0

Kevan Hurst celebrates putting Southend United in front

Kevan Hurst celebrates putting Southend United in front

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SOUTHEND United produced another impressive display to see off promotion rivals Chesterfield 3-0 at Roots Hall this afternoon.

Goals from Kevan Hurst, Ryan Leonard and Barry Corr saw the in-form Shrimpers come out on top.

And that made it one defeat in 15 games for Phil Brown’s side who now sit fourth in the League Two table.

Despite the final score-line, the game got off to a quiet start until Chesterfield’s Jimmy Ryan registered the first shot on target when his 25 yard shot was smartly smothered by Blues’ goalkeeper Daniel Bentley.

But the Shrimpers hit back to open the scoring in 28th minute with an excellent worked goal.

New boy Luke O’Neill, who lined up at right-back after signing on loan from Burnley, started the move with a fantastic cross-field ball which picked out Anthony Straker down the left flank.

The winger then advanced in to the penalty area before delivering an inviting low cross which enabled Hurst to tap the ball home at the far post from inside the six yard box.

Blues then suffered a blow just before the break when O’Neill limped off and had to be replaced by Adam Thompson on the right hand side of the defence.

But, while the Shrimpers were waiting to make the change, they were perhaps fortunate to survive a penalty scare when Leonard appeared to bring Gary Roberts down inside the area but referee Robert Madley opted to wave play on.

After surviving the scare, Blues almost doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time when Straker’s low shot from the edge of the penalty area flew just inches wide of the right post.

After the break, Hurst dragged a low shot wide of the left post after cutting in off the left flank before the Shrimpers made it 2-0 in the 59th minute as some neat passing resulted in Michael Timlin teeing up Leonard.

The energetic midfielder then charged forward from just inside the opposition half before beating Chesterfield goalkeeper Tommy Lee with an assured low finish.

Two minutes later, things got even better for Blues as they extended their advantage even further as Corr delightfully lifted the ball over the head of the advancing Lee to find the back of the South Stand net.

The shell shocked Spreites fought back and wasted a great chance to get back in to the game in the 69th minute when they were awarded a penalty after Hurst brought down Roberts inside the area.

However, striker Marc Richards was unable to make the most of the opportunity as his low spot kick was impressively tipped wide of the left post.

Moments later, Bentley then made an even better save to somehow divert a dipping shot from substitute Dan Gardner over the crossbar to ensure the Shrimpers ended another pleasing afternoon with a clean sheet and three very valuable points.

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4:57pm Sat 18 Jan 14

tophat27dt says...

Well done The Blues, especially the goalie who made many fine saves including the penalty....but beware...three clubs just beneath us all have a game in hand......hope the loaned defender not in jured too bad.
Well done The Blues, especially the goalie who made many fine saves including the penalty....but beware...three clubs just beneath us all have a game in hand......hope the loaned defender not in jured too bad. tophat27dt
  • Score: 2

5:45pm Sat 18 Jan 14

gary 51 says...

Great result, terrific performance all round some of the passing was the best I have seen for a long while.
Great confidence booster for the coming weeks.
Great result, terrific performance all round some of the passing was the best I have seen for a long while. Great confidence booster for the coming weeks. gary 51
  • Score: 2

6:43pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Sam Carpenter says...

That was excellent. This is a very good Southend team, to a man today they were fantastic. I think Phil Brown can drive them on to achieve something impressive this season.
That was excellent. This is a very good Southend team, to a man today they were fantastic. I think Phil Brown can drive them on to achieve something impressive this season. Sam Carpenter
  • Score: 2

8:19pm Sat 18 Jan 14

TheEssexWay says...

Great performance today by the Blues and what a pass by O'neil for the first goal? (Hope his injury isn't too serious!) Straker also did well to control it and carry the move forward for Hurst to score. I still think that we weren't at our best though, certainly not as good as the Millwall game, but Chesterfield were poor and certainly didn't show any signs of why they were above us before the match. Was great when the crowd over in our East Stand wound up Gary Roberts in the first half, he got really frustrated, it definitely affected his performance, he he! Great work by Bentley, a penalty save and a superb save after that, denying what would have been a certain goal. All round, it was great to see such good team spirit which was evident today, the players all still went for every ball, even when we were 3-0 up. Apparently Tom Huddlestone is now suspended for next Saturdays cup game against Hull City, after being red carded today and although they have also signed Jelavic and Shane Long on loan, they are both cup tied so can't play either! Steve Bruce should be worried at the way we have been playing, unbeaten now in 15 games! I can see us causing an upset next week, bring it on!!
Great performance today by the Blues and what a pass by O'neil for the first goal? (Hope his injury isn't too serious!) Straker also did well to control it and carry the move forward for Hurst to score. I still think that we weren't at our best though, certainly not as good as the Millwall game, but Chesterfield were poor and certainly didn't show any signs of why they were above us before the match. Was great when the crowd over in our East Stand wound up Gary Roberts in the first half, he got really frustrated, it definitely affected his performance, he he! Great work by Bentley, a penalty save and a superb save after that, denying what would have been a certain goal. All round, it was great to see such good team spirit which was evident today, the players all still went for every ball, even when we were 3-0 up. Apparently Tom Huddlestone is now suspended for next Saturdays cup game against Hull City, after being red carded today and although they have also signed Jelavic and Shane Long on loan, they are both cup tied so can't play either! Steve Bruce should be worried at the way we have been playing, unbeaten now in 15 games! I can see us causing an upset next week, bring it on!! TheEssexWay
  • Score: 3

8:23pm Sat 18 Jan 14

TheEssexWay says...

p.s. For the record Chesterfield have got to play both Rochdale and Scunthorpe in their next few games which could help our league position if there are a couple of draws?
p.s. For the record Chesterfield have got to play both Rochdale and Scunthorpe in their next few games which could help our league position if there are a couple of draws? TheEssexWay
  • Score: 0

10:51am Sun 19 Jan 14

southend loser says...

Well done once again, I am getting fed up of praising you when I usually whine.
Do your best against Hull
Well done once again, I am getting fed up of praising you when I usually whine. Do your best against Hull southend loser
  • Score: 1

5:57pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Shoebury diehard says...

Did I say 'One Goal Wonders?' I crawl on my belly to say sorry! A better name for the lads is Goal Wonders. They are certainly showing their skills now and are far to good for League 2. Bring on Colchester and others next season after we win the L2 championship.
Did I say 'One Goal Wonders?' I crawl on my belly to say sorry! A better name for the lads is Goal Wonders. They are certainly showing their skills now and are far to good for League 2. Bring on Colchester and others next season after we win the L2 championship. Shoebury diehard
  • Score: 0

6:12pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Barnet Shrimper says...

A series of very good results and great temspirit and team work, the squad, manager need controlled thank you's........with some BIG games to come.
Flat out from the first minute and getting in the oppositions faces must be the order of the days. The way many players are playing ...itwill be a difficult task to choose "player of the year"....soon, medals (and a wage rise) for all may be appropriate.
Roll on saturday!
A series of very good results and great temspirit and team work, the squad, manager need controlled thank you's........with some BIG games to come. Flat out from the first minute and getting in the oppositions faces must be the order of the days. The way many players are playing ...itwill be a difficult task to choose "player of the year"....soon, medals (and a wage rise) for all may be appropriate. Roll on saturday! Barnet Shrimper
  • Score: 0
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