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Blues In The News: Bristol Rovers 3-0 Southend United

11 December 2017

Take a look and see what various sections of the media had to say about Blues 3-0 defeat to Bristol Rovers...

Southend Echo

SOUTHEND United’s stuttering away from continued with a dismal 3-0 defeat at Bristol Rovers on Saturday.

The Shrimpers – who remain unbeaten at Roots Hall – have now triumphed just once in their last seven outings on the road.

And Phil Brown’s were easily brushed aside by their dominant hosts who would have secured a far greater victory had Mark Oxley not made a string of five saves.

Blues - who failed to register a single shot on target during a desperately disappointing display - were forced into making a change after just 13 minutes when Stephen McLaughlin limped off injured and was replaced on the left flank by Jermaine McGlashan.

Yellow Advertiser

PHIL BROWN was left incensed and perplexed with his Southend United side as they crashed to a 3-0 Sky Bet League One defeat at the hands of Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium.

Rovers had won just one of their previous seven matches. However, the Gasheads totally dominated the contest as Southend failed to produce a single shot on target in comparison to the host’s eleven efforts at goal from twenty-three attempts.

Billy Bodin, Ellis Harrison and Liam Sercombe found the net for the rampant home side. And Brown pulled no punches on the display. Speaking to the clubs official website, the one-time Hull City chief said: “In the first-half, we’re ruing the fact that we missed two or three great opportunities to get a goal and in the second half we didn’t turn up.

BBC Sport

Billy Bodin netted his 10th goal of the season to set Bristol Rovers on course for victory over Southend at the Memorial Stadium.

The home side went ahead after 15 minutes when Bodin tricked his way past Stephen Hendrie inside the box and buried a left-footed volley from close range.

Ellis Harrison made sure of the points with a low 74th-minute finish from the edge of the box after Bodin had set him up.

And Liam Sercombe put the icing on the cake four minutes from time, shooting home after Rory Gaffney's drive had been parried by Southend

Southend goalkeeper Mark Oxley made fine saves to deny Bodin, Harrison, Lee Brown and Tom Lockyer as his side were outplayed for long periods.

But the visitors had first-half chances, with Josh Wright firing wide from inside the penalty area and substitute Jermaine McGlashan failing to make contact with a Ryan Leonard cross with the goal at his mercy.

Bristol Rovers

Goals from Billy Bodin, Ellis Harrison and Liam Sercombe secure victory for Rovers over Southend United at the Mem.

Bodin's goal, which marked his tenth strike of the season, was enough to separate the two sides in the first half, as the forward broke the deadlock inside the opening fifteen minutes, reacting the quickest inside the box to power home a close-range volley.

Rovers looked energetic throughout the game and had chances to extend their lead further as Ellis Harrison was denied from a fine save by Mark Oxley.

It was a clinical display in the second half that allowed Rovers to add two further goals through Ellis Harrison and Liam Sercombe. Harrison found the net following a fine move that was started by Sercombe in the heart of the Rovers midfield, as Sercombe added a late third goal for Rovers, as the midfielder profited from a rebound following a Rory Gaffney effort from range, to ensure Rovers recorded back to back victories at the Mem. 

Bristol Post

Bristol Rovers picked up back-to-back wins as they defeated Southend United 3-0 in an utterly dominant performance at the Memorial Stadium.

Goals from Ellis Harrison, Billy Bodin and Liam Sercombe were the least Rovers deserved for one of their finest 90 minutes this season.

Phil Brown's Southend side were insipid - they failed to muster a single shot on target - but that shouldn't take away from the excellence of Darrell Clarke's Gas side on a bitterly cold afternoon in BS7

Harrison's goal came after a 20 minute second-half spell of utter Rovers dominannce and finished off a sublime move that involved four Rovers players interlinking seamlessly.

A long ball from Ryan Sweeney was expertly controlled by Harrison into the path of Liam Sercombe, who then traded a series of neat passes with Bodin before playing in Harrison.

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