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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 27 52
2 Shrewsbury Town 27 51
3 Burton Albion 27 51
4 Luton Town 26 47
5 Southend United 27 47
6 Newport County AFC 27 46
7 Bury 26 41
8 Stevenage 27 41
9 Exeter City 28 41
10 Plymouth Argyle 27 40
11 Morecambe 27 37
12 AFC Wimbledon 26 36
13 Cambridge United 25 35
14 Northampton Town 27 34
15 Accrington Stanley 25 33
16 Oxford United 27 30
17 Cheltenham Town 27 30
18 Portsmouth 26 29
19 York City 27 28
20 Mansfield Town 26 28
21 Tranmere Rovers 26 27
22 Carlisle United 27 27
23 Dagenham & Redbridge 26 26
24 Hartlepool United 27 18