Southend began the New Year with a 2-0 win against near-neighbours Gillingham with goals from Sam Mantom and Taylor Moore the difference at Roots Hall...
Mantom gave Blues the lead when his set-piece into the area floated all the way through and into the back of Tomas Holy’s net to put Southend in front five minutes before the break.
Chris Powell’s side were indebted to young goalkeeper Nathan Bishop for keeping the home side in front, with the ‘keeper pulling off a string of top saves to claim his second senior clean sheet.
But the end of the game wasn’t without controversy as moments after Theo Robinson was sent off, Gills thought they’d levelled deep into stoppage time following a goalmouth scramble.
Connor Ogilvie thought his header had crossed the line, but the linesman was unmoved, leaving Cox to run clean through on goal and tee up Taylor Moore to wrap up the points.
The victory was the perfect tonic for Southend after the disappointment of Saturday’s defeat to Coventry City – keeping up their alternate win/loss streak – and was a third win in a row against their Kent-rivals, Gillingham.