The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Tom Lloyd

PHIL BROWN can­not wait to face ta­ble-top­pers Bur­ton Al­bion in mid-week af­ter Southend’s dom­i­nant win over Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge.

Joe Pig­ott had put Southend ahead be­fore Ayo Obileye headed the Dag­gers level, but Ryan Leonard’s su­perb vol­ley gave the Shrimpers the lead be­fore half-time.

When Barry Corr con­verted from the spot there looked no way back for Da­gen­ham, who splut­tered in the sec­ond half and could not re­cover from Leonard’s won­der-strike.

“It was a great goal,” said Southend boss Brown. “We have been work­ing with him to hit the tar­get and work the goal­keeper – he didn’t work the goal­keeper, he worked the back of the net!

“In the sec­ond half we were fairly dom­i­nant. It was a well-earned and well-de­served victory.

“We played some good, at­trac­tive foot­ball and the tim­ing of that sec­ond goal was the key.

“It is just a great day at the of­fice.We have had some iffy days and one or two bad days this sea­son but the ma­jor­ity of them have been de­cent and to­day was an­other good day.

“We had to take this se­ri­ously as they were in a rich vein of form, but we have one of the best de­fen­sive records in the league and two strik­ers in form.

“Bur­ton is a mas­sive game. As long as we come away from there with some­thing, and I know we can come away with some­thing from there, then we have Cam­bridge at home to look for­ward to at the week­end.”

Af­ter Pig­ott’s opener, a smooth fin­ish from just in­side the box hav­ing ex­pertly rounded the sprawl­ing de­fender Obileye – his sixth goal in his last 12 matches – the Dag­gers hit back.

Obileye made amends for his de­fen­sive er­ror by con­nect­ing bril­liantly with a Billy Bing­ham free-kick to head in at the far post.

How­ever, Leonard’s su­perb chest con­trol and vol­ley into the top cor­ner from 25 yards, and Corr’s penalty – awarded when Damian Batt de­nied a cross by han­dling the ball in front of his face – ei­ther side of the break sealed the home side’s fate.

And Dag­gers manager Wayne Bur­nett rued the fact that his side could not cap­i­talise on first-half pos­ses­sion.

“We edged the first half but then they got a very, very good goal at the end of the first half – that changed the com­plex­ion of the game,” said Bur­nett.

“We switched off for the penalty – it is a stupid de­ci­sion from Batt – but he was at the back on his own al­most.

“I felt Southend de­served it in the end, we strug­gled to get out of our own half and they were the bet­ter team.

“It is easy deal­ing with suc­cess but you need to deal with fail­ure too – you have to treat them both the same, they are both im­posters and if I sense any­one feel­ing sorry for them­selves they won’t be in­volved on Tues­day.”


CLINCHER: Barry Corr nets Southend’s third from the penalty spot

CAN YOU HEAR ME? Ryan Leonard cel­e­brates his goal


RD Southe


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