SOUTHEND United ended their nine match winless streak with a convincing 4-2 triumph at 10 man FleetwoodTown this afternoon.
Goals from Simon Cox, Stephen McLaughlin, Nile Ranger and Jermaine McGlashan saw Blues secure their first ever win at Highbury Stadium.
And the win came after Shrimpers were able to make the most of their numerical advantage following a red card to Fleetwood’s Aiden O’Neill after just 31 minutes.
Southend made the perfect start as Simon Cox diverted Stephen McLaughlin’s set-piece home in just the third minute.
Fleetwood’s Amari’i Bell nodded in Cian Bolger’s long ball from the back as he was taken out by Mark Oxley to level the game but the game was turned on its head.
With Fleetwood, down to 10 men McLaughlin struck again as he fired home, with Ranger scoring the third from the spot just before half-time.
The second half was less enthralling with Jermaine McGlashan’s searing strike making it 4-1 in the 87th minute.
Devante Cole pulled one back in stoppage time as he headed in Hunter’s cross but it wasn’t enough to maintain his side’s unbeaten home start.
Fleetwood Town FC
Ten-man Fleetwood Town suffered their first home league defeat of the season on Saturday as they lost 4-2 to Southend United.
Simon Cox gave The Blues the lead inside two minutes, before Amari’i Bell brilliantly equalised with a header just moments later. However a Stephen McLaughlin strike and Nile Ranger penalty, combined with a red card for Aiden O’Niell and a late breakaway goal from Jermaine McGlashan ensured Phil Brown’s side took the points at Highbury. Devante Cole headed an injury time goal home, as Town kept going until the final whistle.
Ten-man Fleetwood could not stop the rot at the back as they fell to a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Southend at Highbury.
Southend made the perfect start as Simon Cox diverted Stephen McLaughlin’s set-piece home in just the third minute as Fleetwood’s troubles on set pieces continued.
Fleetwood’s Amari’i Bell bravely levelled as he was taken out by Mark Oxley as he nodded in Aiden O’Niell’s long ball-up from the back but the game was turned on it’s head as referee Carl Boyeson, who made some questionable decisions throughout, made the right call to send Aiden O’Niell off as he pulled Ryan Leonard back as he attempted to run through on goal just after the half hour mark.
McLaughlin struck as he rifled home with Nile Ranger scoring the third from the spot just before the half-time whistle.
Range fired the Shrimpers third from the penalty spot after he was felled in the box by Nathan Pond. Jermaine McGlashan popped up with a searing strike in the 87th minute.
Devante Cole added his sixth of the campaign as he diverted in Hunter’s cross from the right in the 90th minute but it wasn’t enough to stop Phil Brown’s men ending a run of nine games without a win.