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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Stephen McLaughlin (7')
  • Simon Cox (79')

Southend earn overdue win against Rotherham

Southend ended a run of three successive draws with a 2-0 win against play-off chasing Rotherham at Roots Hall.
The Shrimpers, who had been beaten 5-0 by the Millers in August, went ahead after just seven minutes when Simon Cox played in Stephen McLaughlin to score with a neatly controlled left-footed shot.
Millers goalkeeper Lewis Price then stopped Marc-Antoine Fortune making it 2-0 when the striker was clean through on goal, before David Ball fired wide for the visitors on the stroke of half-time.
After the break, Rotherham stepped things up and Southend goalkeeper Mark Oxley denied Richie Towell from long range.
But the Shrimpers recovered strongly and doubled their lead in the 80th minute when Cox beat Semi Ajayi in the left-hand side of the penalty area before netting with a low shot for his first goal since Boxing Day.
The Millers still threatened, with Michael Smith having a header cleared off the line by McLaughlin before Towell hit the crossbar late on.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Ipswich Town 9 +12 21
2 Coventry City 9 +6 19
3 Wycombe Wanderers 10 +5 19
4 Fleetwood Town 9 +4 17
5 Sunderland 9 +3 16
6 Blackpool 10 +2 16
7 Doncaster Rovers 8 +4 15
8 Bristol Rovers 10 +1 15
9 Peterborough United 9 +10 14
10 Lincoln City 10 -1 13
11 Shrewsbury Town 9 -1 13
12 Oxford United 10 +4 12
13 Rotherham United 8 +4 12
14 Burton Albion 9 +2 12
15 Milton Keynes Dons 9 -2 12
16 Gillingham 9 +4 10
17 Rochdale 9 -4 10
18 Tranmere Rovers 9 -2 9
19 Accrington Stanley 9 -6 7
20 Portsmouth 7 -1 6
21 Southend United 9 -13 4
22 AFC Wimbledon 10 -9 3
23 Bolton Wanderers 8 -22 -9