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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 Wycombe Wanderers 20 41
2 Burton Albion 21 39
3 Shrewsbury Town 20 37
4 Luton Town 20 37
5 Plymouth Argyle 20 34
6 Newport County AFC 20 34
7 Exeter City 21 34
8 Southend United 20 34
9 Bury 20 30
10 Morecambe 20 30
11 Accrington Stanley 20 29
12 Cambridge United 20 28
13 AFC Wimbledon 20 27
14 Portsmouth 20 26
15 Stevenage 20 25
16 Northampton Town 20 24
17 Oxford United 20 24
18 Cheltenham Town 20 24
19 Mansfield Town 20 23
20 Dagenham & Redbridge 20 21
21 York City 20 19
22 Tranmere Rovers 20 18
23 Carlisle United 20 18
24 Hartlepool United 20 12