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Spotland (ATT 3,884) 18th April 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Rochdale Rochdale vs Southend United Southend

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Southend 3

B Corr (12)
J Murphy (44)
M Timlin (46)

Three and easy for Shrimpers

Last Updated: 18/04/14 6:10pm

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Jacob Murphy: Opened the scoring

Jacob Murphy: Opened the scoring

Southend strengthened their bid for a play-off finish after their 3-0 win over automatic promotion hopefuls Rochdale at Spotland.

Joe Bunney squandered an early chance for Dale but the visitors took the lead in the 12th minute when Jacob Murphy seized on Matt Done's mistake and crossed for Barry Corr to convert from close range.

Scott Hogan and Bunney made a hash of Dale's best chance of the first half, the duo getting in each other's way with just goalkeeper Dan Bentley to beat.

Top scorer Hogan limped off after half an hour and things got worse for the home side when Ryan Leonard crossed for Murphy to score Southend's second two minutes before the break.

The visitors wrapped up the result within seconds of the restart when Michael Timlin volleyed home Kevan Hurst's cross from the left.

Hurst went close to a fourth when his long-range effort struck the Dale crossbar, while the home side had the ball in the net via Jack O'Connell's header, only for the defender to be ruled offside.

The result saw Rochdale slip to third in the table with the gap between themselves and fourth-placed Fleetwood down to just three points now.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Burton Albion 46 94
2 Shrewsbury Town 46 89
3 Bury 46 85
4 Wycombe Wanderers 46 84
5 Southend United 46 84
6 Stevenage 46 72
7 Plymouth Argyle 46 71
8 Luton Town 46 68
9 Newport County AFC 46 65
10 Exeter City 46 64
11 Morecambe 46 63
12 Northampton Town 46 61
13 Oxford United 46 61
14 Dagenham & Redbridge 46 59
15 AFC Wimbledon 46 58
16 Portsmouth 46 57
17 Accrington Stanley 46 56
18 York City 46 52
19 Cambridge United 46 51
20 Carlisle United 46 50
21 Mansfield Town 46 48
22 Hartlepool United 46 45
23 Cheltenham Town 46 41
24 Tranmere Rovers 46 39