What did the press make of Blues' late ten-man victory over Oldham Athletic?
TEN-MAN Southend United dug deep to secure a dramatic 3-0 win against Oldham Athletic at Roots Hall this afternoon.
The Shrimpers had influential midfielder Ryan Leonard sent off 20 minutes from time when the game was still goalless.
But strikes from Nile Ranger and Theo Robinson and a stoppage time penalty from Anthony Wordsworth saw Blues secure a fourth successive victory to remain sixth in the League One standings.
SECOND-HALF goals from Nile Ranger, Theo Robinson and an Anthony Wordsworth penalty proved decisive as ten-man Southend United overcame Ryan Leonard’s red card to see off a stubborn Oldham Athletic outfit at Roots Hall Stadium.
Phil Brown must have found a pretty useful page in his manager's notebook to inspire his Southend side to win against the odds at home to Oldham.
The Shrimpers have surprised a few by being among the League One play-off contenders this season.
But Brown's men showed why they deserve to be there after losing midfielder Ryan Leonard to a red card with 20 minutes to go.
Within eight minutes, the 10-man hosts were 2-0 up courtesy of goals by Nile Ranger and Theo Robinson.
Anthony Wordsworth added a stoppage time penalty to put the gloss on a 3-0 victory for the sixth-placed club, who have now won four league games on the bounce.
Nile Ranger, Theo Robinson and an Anthony Wordsworth penalty secured 10-man Southend United the win, who had Ryan Leonard sent off on 70 minutes.
NILE Ranger, Theo Robinson and Anthony Wordsworth got late goals as Athletic succumbed to 10-man Southend.
Ryan Leonard had been sent off for a lunge on Ousmane Fane five minutes before Ranger arrived at the far post to slot home from Theo Robinson's cross in the 75th minute.
That lead was doubled three minutes later when Wordworth's free-kick was nodded home at the far post by substitute Robinson.
And in the sixth minute of added time, a poor afternoon was complete when Wordsworth slotted in from the penalty spot after Peter Clarke had hauled down Jermaine McGlashan.