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SOUTHEND United banished their penalty blues to beat Oldham Athletic 2-0 at Roots Hall on Saturday.
Having missed four of their last five spot-kicks, Jason Demetriou fired the Shrimpers in front from the penalty spot in the first half.
And it was the Latics who struggled from 12 yards as Craig Davies penalty on the stroke of half-time was superbly saved by Mark Oxley.
A fine second half goal from Josh Wright sealed the victory and saw Blues move up to ninth in the League One table.
Southend closed the gap on the play-offs to seven points, as goals from Jason Demetriou and Josh Wright sealed Southend’s first for five weeks, in this re-arranged clash, last Saturday. Mark Oxley saved Eoin Doyle’s first-half penalty kick.
With the Shrimpers making a shaky start, former Chesterfield man, Doyle, wasted an excellent first minute chance - failing to hit the target from the edge of the penalty box.
Southend hit back - though - and from a Stephen Hendrie flag-kick, visiting keeper, Johny Placide was lucky to stay on the pitch, after appearing to strike Southend’s Simon Cox. In an incident missed by referee, Charles Breakspear, the gloveman only received a lecture.
The hosts then went on to dominate and having seen a Kightly effort blocked, Cameron Dunningham floored Josh Wright and Demetriou sent Placide the wrong way from the spot - only the Blues’ second success from six kicks this term.
Southend United moved up to ninth in the League One table after beating Oldham Athletic at Roots Hall.
The Shrimpers opened the scoring in the 17th minute when Jason Demetriou fired home from the penalty spot after Cameron Dummigan had fouled Josh Wright.
The spot-kick ended a poor run of penalties for Southend, who had missed four of their last five.
And it was Oldham who instead struggled to score from 12 yards as Craig Davies' well-struck penalty - given for a foul by Demetriou on Rob Hunt - was superbly tipped over the crossbar by Shrimpers goalkeeper Mark Oxley on the stroke of half-time.
Southend doubled their lead in the 54th minute when a well-worked move resulted in Stephen McLaughlin delivering a left-wing cross which was volleyed home by Wright.
A goal in both halves sealed a 2-0 win for Southend United over Oldham Athletic at Roots Hall.
Jason Demetriou put the Shrimers ahead from the penalty spot as Cameron Dummigan was adjudged to have fouled Josh Wright in the penalty box.
He sent Johny Placide the wrong way to put Southend ahead, however, Latics had a perfect opportunity to equalise on 40 minutes.
Rob Hunt was fouled in the penalty area but Craig Davies’ spot kick was excellently saved by former Latics loanee, Mark Oxley.
Wright got himself on the scoresheet early in the second half to secure the 2-0 in for the home side as Latics returned north pointless.
Manager Richie Wellens made one change to the side which drew with Gillingham last weekend.
Captain Peter Clarke came back into the side to replace Anthony Gerrard who missed the game through suspension.
Manchester Evening News
Oldham Athletic were unable to take advantage of their game in hand after suffering a defeat at Southend United.
Goals from Jason Demetriou and Josh Wright either side of half-time were enough to condemn Latics to defeat at Roots Hall.
It means that Richie Wellens' side stay 17th in the League One table, three points clear of the relegation zone.
Wellens made two changes to the side that drew 0-0 with Gillingham last week, with Peter Clarke coming in for the suspended Anthony Gerrard, and Queensy Menig replacing Gevaro Nepomuceno.
Oldham nearly made the perfect start to the game when Eoin Doyle tried his luck inside 45 seconds, but his shot from the edge of the box went narrowly over the bar.