Southend United 2 Northampton Town 0 - the match report
SKY BET LEAGUE 2
Saturday November 29th, 3.00pm
SOUTHEND UNITED 2
Barry Corr 69 (pen)
David Worrall 78
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 0
Attendance: 5,500 (418 Cobblers fans)
Southend: Daniel Bentley, John White, Adam Thompson, Luke Prosser, David Worrall, Michael Timlin, Barry Corr, Myles Weston (sub Will Atkinson 82), Cian Bolger, Jack Payne (sub Shaq Coulthirst 85), John-Joe O'Toole (sub Gary Deegan 89).
Subs not used: Paul Smith, Conor Clifford, Jerome Williams, Jakub Sokolik.
Cobblers: Jordan Archer, Ben Tozer, Kelvin Langmead, Lee Collins, Gregor Robertson, Ricky Ravenhill (sub Matt Duke 68), Stewart Murdoch (sub Chris Hackett 32), Darren Carter, Joel Byrom (sub Kaid Mohamed 46), Ollie Banks, Marc Richards
Subs not used: Lewis Hornby, Emile Sinclair, Ivan Toney, David Moyo
Referee: Mr K Stroud
Southend: Adam Thompson (28), Luke Prosser (71)
Cobblers: Gregor Robertson (33, 2nd of the season), Joel Byrom (44, 5th, misses Plymouth), Ollie Banks (84, 2nd)
5 cautions on or before 30 November; 1 match suspension
10 cautions on or before 11 April; 2 match suspension
15 cautions at any time in season; 3 match suspension
Cobblers: Jordan Archer (68, misses Plymouth)
Sendings off: 2 cautions in one game; 1 match suspension but cautions do not count towards above totals. Other sendings off; 1 or 3 match suspension. Extra match ban for additional sendings off.
Ollie Banks came straight into the Cobblers side after joining on loan from Chesterfield while long-term absentee Lewis Hornby was named on the bench. John-Joe O’Toole started for Southend.
Jordan Archer made a good save to deny O’Toole on 5 minutes, Jack Payne putting the rebound wide. A largely scrappy period of play then followed with clear cut chances for either side proving hard to come by.
Stewart Murdoch had to be replaced just after the half hour after picking up what looked like a hamstring injury, Chris Hackett the player to come on.
The Cobblers first real sight of goal came on 40 minutes, an under pressure Banks shooting wide following a good nod down from Kelvin Langmead.
Kaid Mohamed came on for the second half in place of Joel Byrom. Kelvin Langmead went close from a dangerous looking Darren Carter corner on 52 minutes but Barry Corr back defending did just about enough.
The game's pivotal point came midway through the second half when Jordan Archer brought down Barry Corr in the penalty area after spilling a cross. Southend were awarded a penalty with Archer sent off, Matt Duke coming on for Ricky Ravenhill.
Barry Corr then stepped up to score from the spot and put the home side in front.
With Southend now a goal up and with a man advantage, Duke made a good save to turn behind a driven effort from Myles Weston.
It was 2-0 on 78 minutes, David Worrall getting on the end of a Weston cross to score from close range. 2-0 was how it stayed as Southend claimed the three points.
SOUTHEND MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 6
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (3) 6
CORNERS: (1) 2
FOULS: (5) 11
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (4) 7
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (0) 0
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (3) 6
CORNERS: (2) 4
FOULS: (8) 15
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 0
The above stats are recorded by club staff. The stats shown elsewhere on this page are recorded by Opta