Read what the local and national press were saying about Southend's victory over BarnsleyRead what the local and national media had to say on Southend United’s impressive 2-0 victory over in-form Barnsley at Oakwell.
Goals from Jack Payne and Michael Timlin put the Blues firmly back on the play-off trail with neighbours Gillingham set to be welcomed to Roots Hall this weekend.
Southend United surged back to winning ways with an impressive 2-0 triumph at in-form Barnsley this afternoon.
The Shrimpers headed into the clash at Oakwell with just one win in their last six games while the Tykes had been beaten just once since the turn of the year.
But goals from Jack Payne and Michael Timlin turned the form book on its head as Phil Brown’s side kept alive their hopes of a top six finish with a well-deserved win.
Barnsley fell out of the League One play-off places after sinking to defeat by Southend at Oakwell.
The Shrimpers won for the first time in four matches as Jack Payne turned a defender before finishing in the left hand corner after just five minutes.
Conor Hourihane missed a chance to level for the hosts, as his penalty went wide after visiting goalkeeper Daniel Bentley fouled Ashley Fletcher.
Michael Timlin wrapped up Southend's win with a stunning 25-yard strike.
Southend manager Phil Brown was pleased his side's game plan came off after seeing them win 2-0 at Barnsley.
The Shrimpers won at Oakwell following goals from Jack Payne and Michael Timlin, meaning Barnsley slip out of the play-offs with Southend now just one point behind.
Brown said: "One or two decisions have gone against us at the wrong time. Today, I still thought decisions went against us, but we had a game plan to come here.”
Barnsley's six-match winning streak at home in the league came to a disappointing end as Southend took their time to a slender victory at Oakwell.
Conor Hourihane sent a penalty wide before the break as Barnsley wasted plenty of opportunities to level the tie against the professional Shrimpers.