Second half improvement sees off struggling Argyle

20 Sep

Roots Hall floodlight

Blues are now up to 6th

SOUTHEND recovered from a dire first half display to record their second Roots Hall win in a week against bottom side Plymouth.
There was barely an effort on goal worthy of the name in the first half, with Carl Fletcher going closest for the visitors with a 25-yard shot that fizzed wide.
After the break, Southend went close through Michael Timlin, who shot wide from 20 yards when he should have done better.
However, it was Timlin who bravely put his head in to knock the ball ahead of Durrell Berry, who scythed the midfielder down to concede a penalty kick in the moment that changed the game.
Liam Dickinson stepped up and converted low to goalkeeper Jake Cole’s right.
Dickinson then went close on two occasions with headers, while Ryan Hall drilled a shot across goal when put through.
The points were sealed when Peter Gilbert met Ryan Hall’s corner at the near post to head home his first goal for eight years.
Two ex-Argyle men on the scoresheet for Southend, who went up to 6th place and heaped more misery on Plymouth, who sacked their manager Peter Reid the following day.


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