REPORT | Southend 3-1 Coventry
Southend extended their unbeaten league run to nine matches after a convincing win against Coventry City at Roots Hall.
Anthony Wordsworth notched an early goal to set Blues on their way before Anton Ferdinand grabbed his first Blues goal. The unfortunate Lee Burge scored an own goal to make it three before a Daniel Agyei consolation on 89 minutes.
Will Atkinson was the only absentee as Luke O’Neill replaced him on the right hand side of midfield.
Blues started well as Jason Demetriou broke clear of Lewis Page kept his run going into the box. Gael Birgirimana got a tackle in but the ball fell straight to Wordsworth who finished into the bottom left hand corner with ease just six minutes in.
Moments later a quick free kick in from the left by Ryan Leonard found Simon Cox, he converted well but his effort was ruled out for offside.
Blues continued their dominance and Michael Timlin’s cross nearly found the head of Nile Ranger who had gone in for a diving header.
Marvin Sordell had the away sides best moment of the first half. A neat one-two with Andre Wright opened up space for him 25 yards out but his powerful effort didn’t have the accuracy and went well wide.
Gael Bigirimana had two efforts blocked by Southend players on the half hour. Good work from Jordan Willis down the right as he put in a floated cross towards the back stick. Sordell knocked the ball down but it was a chance wasted for Coventry.
Moments later Stephen McLaughlin broke clear onto a ball over the top by Ranger. He got ahead of his man but Lee Burge did well to rush out at his feet to deny him.
Right on half time Daniel Agyei nearly converted an equaliser. Willis again with a low cross into the six yard box and a flick from the forward was well saved at the near post by Mark Oxley.
The second half started at a frantic pace. Michael Timlin and Andre Wright had an altercation after an earlier challenge in the match and then McLaughlin’s cross towards the back stick nearly found Cox as Andy Rose then scuffed his clearance nearly into his own net.
Southend finally extended their lead just after the hour. A free-kick from wide was headed back across the box by Leonard and Ferdinand grabbed his first Blues goal by completing a side foot volley from close range.
The home side added a third moments later. McLaughlin had a low drive which smacked the near post but for the unfortunate Burge the ball bounced back in off him to seal the points.
Southend were full of confidence and there was great link up play between Ranger and Cox. They both produced back heel passes nearly found Demetriou at the back post but Jordan Turnbull defended well.
Coventry pulled a consolation goal back near the end as good work down the right from Jodi Jones found him right on the byline. He pulled the ball back for Agyei who had the simple job of tapping home from a few yards.