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2017-18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Stephen McLaughlin (7')
  • Simon Cox (79')

Southend earn overdue win against Rotherham

Southend ended a run of three successive draws with a 2-0 win against play-off chasing Rotherham at Roots Hall.
The Shrimpers, who had been beaten 5-0 by the Millers in August, went ahead after just seven minutes when Simon Cox played in Stephen McLaughlin to score with a neatly controlled left-footed shot.
Millers goalkeeper Lewis Price then stopped Marc-Antoine Fortune making it 2-0 when the striker was clean through on goal, before David Ball fired wide for the visitors on the stroke of half-time.
After the break, Rotherham stepped things up and Southend goalkeeper Mark Oxley denied Richie Towell from long range.
But the Shrimpers recovered strongly and doubled their lead in the 80th minute when Cox beat Semi Ajayi in the left-hand side of the penalty area before netting with a low shot for his first goal since Boxing Day.
The Millers still threatened, with Michael Smith having a header cleared off the line by McLaughlin before Towell hit the crossbar late on.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Wigan Athletic 46 +38 92
2 Rotherham United 46 +37 90
3 Milton Keynes Dons 46 +34 89
4 Sheffield Wednesday 46 +28 85
5 Sunderland 46 +26 84
6 Wycombe Wanderers 46 +24 83
7 Plymouth Argyle 46 +20 80
8 Oxford United 46 +23 76
9 Bolton Wanderers 46 +17 73
10 Portsmouth 46 +17 73
11 Ipswich Town 46 +21 70
12 Accrington Stanley 46 -19 61
13 Charlton Athletic 46 -4 59
14 Cambridge United 46 -18 58
15 Cheltenham Town 46 -14 56
16 Burton Albion 46 -16 53
17 Lincoln City 46 -8 52
18 Shrewsbury Town 46 -4 50
19 Morecambe 46 -31 42
20 Fleetwood Town 46 -20 40
21 Gillingham 46 -34 40
22 Doncaster Rovers 46 -45 38
23 AFC Wimbledon 46 -26 37
24 Crewe Alexandra 46 -46 29