Southend United secured an excellent 3-0 victory against Dagenham & Redbridge at Victoria Road this afternoon as they extended their unbeaten run to 14 games.
Two goals in the opening 15 minutes from Gavin Tomlin gave Southend the perfect start before Kevan Hurst’s thunderbolt settled the game in the second half.
Blues had the perfect start and took the lead after a minute through Tomlin’s powerful deflected effort at the front post, giving Chris Lewington no chance in the Daggers’ goal.
The in-form striker picked the ball up on the right wing before charging down at goal and firing a rasping effort which took a slight deflection off Scott Doe sending the ball past
the helpless keeper.
The home side tried to find their back into the game with Luke Howell advancing well with the ball before seeing his left footed effort go wide of the target from 25 yards.
Southend doubled their advantage in the 14th minute with a superb team goal finished off by Tomlin against his former club with his 13th goal in 11 games.
Britt Assombalonga turned excellently before swapping passes with Marc Laird as he found his strike partner free in the box with an empty goal to tap the ball into.
Dagenham continued to look for a goal with Sam Williams turning well before seeing his weak effort easily saved by Paul Smith and with half time approaching Medy Elito’s low
strike was claimed comfortably by the keeper who was yet to be tested.
The home side made a double substitution at the break with Brian Woodall and Jake Caprice replacing Michael Spillane and Jake Reed as they tried to pull back the two goal deficit.
They nearly fell further behind 30 seconds after the restart with Tomlin testing Lewington with a stunning 25 yard volley which the keeper managed to tip over the bar as he
ran back onto his line.
Blues extended their lead in the 54th minute with Hurst’s right footed 20 yard effort finding the top corner.
The midfielder picked the ball up before taking aim and firing a tremendous rifled strike into the top left hand corner of the net sending the 1,385 away fans into raptures.
After the third goal Southend controlled the game with Michael Timlin nearly finding the net with speculative effort with the outside of his foot just missing the target before
Luke Prosser saw his header land on the roof of the net.
Dagenham had a rare chance in the 80th minute with Williams seeing his header bounce off the top of the crossbar from Oluwafemi Ilesanmi’s deep cross.
Blues comfortably secured their second successive 3-0 victory and they now face a trip Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium on Saturday as they look to see the year out