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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 Burton Albion 43 85
2 Shrewsbury Town 43 83
3 Wycombe Wanderers 43 80
4 Bury 42 76
5 Southend United 42 75
6 Stevenage 43 68
7 Plymouth Argyle 43 65
8 Luton Town 43 62
9 Newport County AFC 43 62
10 Exeter City 43 61
11 Northampton Town 43 58
12 Morecambe 43 57
13 AFC Wimbledon 43 56
14 Portsmouth 43 53
15 Dagenham & Redbridge 43 53
16 Oxford United 43 52
17 Accrington Stanley 43 52
18 York City 43 51
19 Cambridge United 43 48
20 Mansfield Town 43 48
21 Carlisle United 43 46
22 Hartlepool United 43 41
23 Cheltenham Town 43 40
24 Tranmere Rovers 43 39