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2017-18 English League One, Regular Season
  • John Whitehouse (73')
  • Marc-Antoine Fortune (78')

Southend secure third win in eight days to sink Bradford

Two goals in six second-half minutes earned Southend a 2-0 win at Bradford.
It was their third win in eight days and ended Bradford's four-match unbeaten run.
The Bantams who lost striker Kai Bruenker to injury in the 14th minute, came closest to scoring in a scrappy first half when goalkeeper Mark Oxley dived full-length to turn away Callum Guy's 20-yard shot.
They also came close to breaking the deadlock in the 56th minute only to be denied by Oxley, who made two superb goal-line saves after a free-kick from Tony McMahon caused problems for the visitors' defence.
First, he stopped a close-range header from Timothee Dieng and then blocked substitute Dom Poleon's shot when the ball rebounded into the striker's path.
Southend went in front in the 72nd minute after home goalkeeper Colin Doyle made his first serious save of the match, diving to turn San Mantom's shot away for a corner.
Bradford did not properly clear the danger and, when Stephen McLaughlin returned the ball into the goalmouth, skipper John White headed the visitors into the lead.
Southend went further ahead in the 78th minute following a swift breakaway after a Bradford attack broke down.
Dru Yearwood raced to the edge of the home penalty area before playing the ball out to Marc-Antoine Fortune on the left and his right-foot shot hit defender Nat Knight-Percival before looping into the far corner of the net.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Coventry City 34 +18 67
2 Rotherham United 35 +23 62
3 Oxford United 35 +24 60
4 Portsmouth 35 +17 60
5 Fleetwood Town 35 +13 60
6 Peterborough United 35 +28 59
7 Sunderland 36 +16 59
8 Wycombe Wanderers 34 +5 59
9 Doncaster Rovers 34 +18 54
10 Ipswich Town 36 +10 52
11 Gillingham 35 +8 51
12 Burton Albion 35 0 48
13 Blackpool 35 +1 45
14 Bristol Rovers 35 -11 45
15 Lincoln City 35 -2 42
16 Shrewsbury Town 34 -11 41
17 Accrington Stanley 35 -6 40
18 Milton Keynes Dons 35 -11 37
19 Rochdale 34 -18 36
20 AFC Wimbledon 35 -13 35
21 Tranmere Rovers 34 -24 32
22 Southend United 35 -46 19
23 Bolton Wanderers 34 -39 14