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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 44 88
2 Shrewsbury Town 44 86
3 Wycombe Wanderers 44 81
4 Bury 43 79
5 Southend United 43 78
6 Stevenage 44 69
7 Plymouth Argyle 44 65
8 Luton Town 44 65
9 Newport County AFC 44 62
10 Northampton Town 44 61
11 Exeter City 44 61
12 Morecambe 44 57
13 AFC Wimbledon 44 57
14 Dagenham & Redbridge 44 56
15 Oxford United 44 55
16 Portsmouth 44 53
17 Accrington Stanley 44 53
18 Cambridge United 44 51
19 York City 44 51
20 Carlisle United 44 49
21 Mansfield Town 44 48
22 Hartlepool United 44 41
23 Cheltenham Town 44 40
24 Tranmere Rovers 44 39