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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Simon Cox (17')

Simon Cox strike gives Southend victory at Walsall

Simon Cox's early strike pushed Southend up to 11th in Sky Bet League One as they ended Walsall's unbeaten home record with a 1-0 win at the Banks's Stadium.
The winner came after 17 minutes as Michael Kightly intercepted a James Wilson pass and his low cross was laid off by Josh Wright for Cox to drill home from 10 yards.
Walsall were close to levelling four minutes later as Joe Edwards' deflected strike flashed across goal and wide, agonisingly inches in front of a sliding Erhun Oztumer.
Shrimpers keeper Mark Oxley preserved Southend's lead after 41 minutes with a fine parry from Tyler Roberts' fierce 20-yard strike.
A minute into the second half, Southend striker Marc-Antoine Fortune did well to hold off Walsall defenders before whistling wide from the tightest of angles.
Walsall livened up in the closing stages and almost salvaged a point in the last minute but sub Daniel Agyei's rocket was tipped over by Oxley.
And the Southend stopper had to be alert again deep into stoppage time to keep out an Edwards shot that took a wicked deflection.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Wigan Athletic 27 +40 60
2 Blackburn Rovers 27 +25 55
3 Shrewsbury Town 27 +16 55
4 Scunthorpe United 28 +13 50
5 Bradford City 28 +5 48
6 Charlton Athletic 28 +4 46
7 Rotherham United 28 +10 44
8 Peterborough United 28 +9 43
9 Portsmouth 28 +2 42
10 Oxford United 29 +1 38
11 Gillingham 28 +1 37
12 Doncaster Rovers 28 +1 36
13 Fleetwood Town 28 -4 36
14 Bristol Rovers 28 -5 36
15 Plymouth Argyle 29 -7 35
16 Walsall 27 -4 33
17 Blackpool 29 -6 33
18 Northampton Town 29 -22 32
19 AFC Wimbledon 27 -7 31
20 Southend United 28 -15 31
21 Milton Keynes Dons 28 -11 30
22 Oldham Athletic 29 -13 29
23 Rochdale 26 -11 22
24 Bury 28 -22 20