TEN-MAN Southend United sunk to a 1-0 defeat at play-off rivals Millwall this afternoon.
The Shrimpers had midfielder Will Atkinson sent off for a late lunge on Tony Craig in the 34th minute.
And the Lions took full advantage in the second half with Fred Onyedinma heading home the only goal of the game.
SOUTHEND United manager, Phil Brown, was angry with the performance of Premier League referee, Andre Marriner after the Blues suffered only their second Sky Bet League One defeat in eighteen outings against fellow promotion hopefuls, Millwall, at the Den.
Blues midfielder, Will Atkinson, was shown an early straight red card for a challenge on Millwall skipper, Tony Craig, while the Blues chief was equally unhappy with a decision that saw Craig appear to foul Jermaine McGlashan, but no penalty awarded by the West Midlands-based official.
Fred Onyedinma's second-half header proved enough as Millwall saw off play-off rivals Southend United at the Den.
The Shrimpers had midfielder Will Atkinson sent off in the 34th minute and the Lions took full advantage to secure all three points.
Fred Onyedinma's 63rd minute header secured a vital three points for Millwall in Saturday's afternoon Sky Bet League One encounter with Southend United.
News At Den:
MILLWALL are now 11 games unbeaten in all competitions after seeing off 10-man Southend United at a bitterly cold Den on Saturday afternoon.
Fred Onyedinma’s cushioned header secured a 1-0 win over Phil Brown’s men and planted the Lions into the top six of the League One table after a sixth clean sheet in seven games.
London News Online:
Fred Onyedinma’s towering second-half header earned Millwall a crucial win as they closed in on the League One play-off places but the Lions were given a helping hand by official Andre Marriner, who gave Southend winger Will Atkinson a straight red card for his challenge on Tony Craig in the 33rd minute.