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Match Report: Southend United 2-0 Cheltenham Town

10 February 2015

Joe Pigott's brace eases Blues to fourth win in five games.

A first half brace by loanee Joe Pigott helped Blues on their way to a comfortable 2-0 victory at home to Cheltenham Town under the lights at Roots Hall.

Pigott struck early on into the game from close range, and then put a header past Robins 'keeper Trevor Carson to ease Blues to victory against relegation-threatened Cheltenham.

Blues boss Phil Brown named an unchanged starting XI from the team that drew 1-1 with Shrewsbury Town just three days earlier.

Brown was boosted by Kevan Hurst's return to the squad, with the winger taking his place on the bench, in place of Luke Prosser, who missed out altogether.

After six minutes of the game, striker Pigott went close to breaking the deadlock, but headed just over the bar from close range after a flick on from strike partner Jake Cassidy.

However, Pigott didn't have to wait too much longer to get his goal. A great cross from White from the right-hand side found Cassidy. His header was brilliantly saved by Cheltenham goalkeeper Carson, and Pigott was there to tap in on nine minutes.

Just after 20 minutes, Carson did superbly to tip a long range effort from Michael Timlin, that was ready to nestle in the bottom right-hand corner of the net.

As the clock hit 34 minutes, Pigott had his second of the night. The Charlton Athletic loanee placed a great header into the back of the net after a free kick from Ben Coker. 

On the stroke of half time, Blues could have gone in with an even bigger lead. A delightful corner from Coker was swung in, the ball evaded everyone, and skipper John White sneaked to the back post and made good contact, but the ball hit the upright.

After the break, Timlin was on hand to smash a Matt Taylor header off the line from a Craig Braham-Barrett corner on 46 minutes.

Ten minutes after half time, Troy Brown ventured upfield for a Robins attack and headed just wide of the target after a deep cross into the danger area.

In truth, it was a quiet start to the half for Blues on the pitch, but the supporters made plenty of noise when Adam Barrett finally made his return in a Southend United shirt, replacing Ben Coker on 66 minutes.

Heading into the final quarter of the game, Ryan Leonard smashed a half-volley at goal, which looked as if it was going to test Carson, but substitute Matt Richards got his body in the way of the effort.

Next to try his luck was Pigott – who, of course, was on his hat-trick – but his curling attempt from 20 yards was stopped by Carson. 

However, Blues saw the game out pretty comfortably in the end, and extended their unbeaten run in Sky Bet League Two to 16 games.

Blues: Bentley; White (c), Thompson, Binnom-Williams, Coker (Barrett, 66); Atkinson, Timlin, Leonard; Payne (Weston, 68); Pigott, Cassidy (Hurst, 77)

Unused subs: P. Smith, Corr, Weston, Coulthirst, Deegan

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