December 29, 2012
Shrimpers' hot streak ended by Brewers
Southend's long unbeaten run came to an end as Burton ran out 2-0 winners despite ending the game with 10 men.
Paul Sturrock's men had not lost in 14 outings in a run stretching back to October 23, but Burton improved their own promotion hopes with their second home win in four days.
The hosts made a bright start and were rewarded with the opening goal in the 16th minute when Calvin Zola slid home a Lee Bell cross from six yards for his 11th goal of the season.
Southend enjoyed a spell of domination during which top scorer Gavin Tomlin had a shot pushed round a post by home `keeper Dean Lyness.
Burton survived a searching examination to double their advantage in the 36th minute.
Zola played the ball across the edge of the area and Bell's fierce shot took a big deflection off Southend skipper Paul Smith to leave keeper Paul Smith stranded.
Lyness was able to smother a deflected Michael Timlin free-kick as the visitors tried to find a way back into the game after the break.
Burton had defender Nathan Stanton sent off for a second yellow card after a clash with Luke Prosser in the 75th minute.
|Burton Albion||Southend United|
|16 Dean Lyness||1 Paul Smith|
|4 Nathan Stanton||23 Chris Barker|
|5 Alexander Diamond||27 Tamika Mkandawire|
|20 Anthony O'Connor||16 Luke Prosser|
|23 Lee Bell||2 Sean Clohessy|
|19 Jacques Maghoma||6 Ryan Cresswell|
|14 Damien McCrory||14 Kevan Hurst|
|8 Robbie Weir||8 Michael Timlin|
|22 Jack Dyer||26 Marc Laird|
|10 Calvin Makongo Zola||21 Gavin Tomlin|
|29 Billy Kee||10 Barry Corr|
|1 Ross Atkins||Daniel Bentley 17|
|2 Andrew Corbett||Mark Phillips 15|
|3 Aaron Webster||Anthony Straker 3|
|6 John McGrath||Scott Donnelly 12|
|7 Cleveland Taylor||David Martin 11|
|11 Chris Palmer||Freddy Eastwood 7|
|18 Matthew Paterson|
|Aaron Webster for Billy Kee (76)||David Martin for Tamika Mkandawire (68)|
|Mark Phillips for Barry Corr (69)|
|Freddy Eastwood for Marc Laird (76)|
|Nathan Stanton (55)||Luke Prosser (75)|
|Nathan Stanton (75)|
|· Squads: Burton Albion | Southend United|