Southend United have made it three victories on the bounce in Sky Bet League One with a 2-0 success over Bradford City at the Northern Commercials Stadium at Valley Parade.
John White and Marc-Antoine Fortune got the goals in the second half of the match as they ended Bradford City’s own four-match unbeaten run.
The first half produced little in the way of clear goalscoring opportunities. Callum Guy came the closest to scoring for the home side but his long range effort was tipped round the post by visiting keeper Mark Oxley.
Southend United grew into the match as the half went on with Fortune striking a shot over the bar before the same player’s dangerous shot across goal came close to hitting an opposing player and rolling in.
In first half injury time, Bradford City substitute Dominic Poleon headed over when unmarked in the box as neither side were able to break the deadlock in the opening period.
The home side came close to scoring early in the second half when Matty Lund’s wayward strike fell onto the head of Nathaniel Knight-Percival but the ball flew just wide across goal. Simon Grayson’s men were really unlucky not to net 10 minutes later when Oxley superbly denied both Tim Dieng and Poleon from point blank range after a free-kick had been floated into the box.
Southend United continued to be a threat and Sam Mantom looped an effort wide when he connected with a corner kick from the right before the same player tested home keeper Colin Doyle with a low shot.
The Shrimpers’ big moment was to come 17 minutes from time when captain White headed his side in front after getting on the end of a Michael Kightly cross. One goal almost become two straight after the opener but Dru Yearwood’s strike was palmed to safety by Doyle.
The goal had clearly dented Bradford City’s confidence and when Fortune’s effort was deflected into the far corner of the net to make it 2-0, it was game over.
To their credit, the home side did push to get back into the match with Guy drilling a shot from range just wide before Charlie Wyke’s header from a difficult position landed on the roof of the net.
Simon Cox curled a shot wide of the far post in injury time for Southend United but it did not matter as his side secured a thoroughly deserved 2-0 win.