Southend United ended a run of three league games without a win after a penalty from Jason Demetriou and lovely goal from Josh Wright saw Blues beat Oldham 2-0 at Roots Hall...
Blues banished their spot-kick woes just after quarter of an hour when Wright was brought down by Cameron Dummigan, leaving Demetriou to send Johny Placide the wrong way with the penalty.
Demetriou was then involved up the other end when he gave away a penalty by fouling Rob Hunt, but Craig Davies was denied by a superb save from Mark Oxley to keep Blues in front.
The home side then doubled their lead early in the second-half when Wright rounded off a lovely team move, volleying in Stephen McLaughlin’s cross to give Southend breathing space.
Oldham had chances to make it a nervy finish with Eoin Doyle having their best chances, heading wide from six-yards out before hitting the outside of the post with another header moments later.
Phil Brown’s side though held on comfortably with the win sending Southend into the top 10, whilst Oldham remain three points above the relegation zone in 18th.
The win lifted the spirits of the Blues boss who had been disappointed with his side missing opportunities against Portsmouth, MK Dons and Oxford in recent matches.