The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

ON PA­PER, this looked like a real test of Sh­effield United’s pro­mo­tion cre­den­tials and they passed the test with fly­ing colours.

Southend United have been able to turn around their own sea­son af­ter a slow start and went into the game at Roots Hall un­beaten in their last 13 games.

Phil Brown’s side also tri­umphed 3-0 at Bra­mall Lane back in Au­gust but were un­able to see off the Blades this time around, as the ta­ble-top­pers de­servedly recorded a sixth win in suc­ces­sion.

Chris Wilder’s side took just three min­utes to open the scor­ing and, aside from a 20-minute spell to­wards the end of the first half, they were largely un­trou­bled.

And, on this show­ing, any con­ver­sa­tion of pro­mo­tion con­tenders must be­gin with the Blades.

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