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Pirelli Stadium (ATT 2,424) 3rd March 2012 - Kick off 15:00

Burton Alb Burton Albion vs Southend United Southend

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Southend 2

D Martin (60)
N Harris (75)

Shrimpers back on track

Last Updated: 03/03/12 7:46pm

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Martin: Opened the scoring

Martin: Opened the scoring

Southend revived their hopes of automatic promotion with two second-half strikes to down Burton 2-0 at the Pirelli Stadium.

David Martin and Neil Harris scored the goals to pile the pressure on Burton boss Paul Peschisolido, whose side have now gone 11 games without a win.

Southend keeper Dale Belford had a busy first half in his first appearance on loan from Bury. He had a lucky break when Brewers striker Adi Yussuf squandered a great chance in the third minute, but later showed a safe pair of hands as Cleveland Taylor, Jimmy Phillips and Aaron Webster tried to break the first-half stalemate.

Southend axed four players from their matchday squad for club disciplinary reasons, including top scorers Liam Dickinson and Ryan Hall.

Veteran striker Harris had chances to give them the lead, but headed too high from a corner before he was denied by Ross Atkins' full-length save.

Southend, who had lost their last two, made the stronger start to the second half and Martin gave them the lead on the hour mark when he beat Atkins with a quickly-taken free kick from 25 yards. And the visitors sealed victory when Harris hammered home the rebound after Atkins had done well to keep out Anthony Grant's shot in the 75th minute.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Scunthorpe United 43 77
2 Chesterfield 43 75
3 Rochdale 43 75
4 Fleetwood Town 43 72
5 Burton Albion 42 68
6 Southend United 43 65
7 York City 43 64
8 Oxford United 43 62
9 Plymouth Argyle 43 58
10 Bury 43 57
11 Dagenham & Redbridge 43 57
12 Mansfield Town 43 57
13 Newport County AFC 43 54
14 AFC Wimbledon 43 53
15 Cheltenham Town 43 52
16 Accrington Stanley 43 51
17 Portsmouth 42 51
18 Morecambe 43 50
19 Hartlepool United 42 49
20 Exeter City 43 49
21 Wycombe Wanderers 43 47
22 Bristol Rovers 42 47
23 Northampton Town 43 47
24 Torquay United 43 39