Southend 4-0 Cheltenham- Match Report
Report of match 30th March 2012
Southend 4-0 Cheltenham- Match Report.
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Freddy Eastwood marked his first game at Roots Hall for five years by scoring Southend's third goal in a 4-0 win against 10-man Cheltenham.
First-half strikes from Kane Ferdinand and Ryan Hall put Blues ahead before club legend Eastwood got his first goal since returning on loan from Coventry. Bilel Mohsni completed the rout as Southend recorded their biggest home win of the season.
Cheltenham suffered an early blow when referee Trevor Kettle had no hesitation in sending off Sido Jombati for fouling Michael Timlin after 19 minutes.
Nine minutes later the 10-man visitors went a goal behind when Hall's cross from the left was nodded on by Eastwood to Ferdinand at the back post and he fired into the bottom left corner from five yards.
Southend doubled their advantage in the 39th minute when Hall cut in off the right wing and unleashed a 30-yard rocket which went into the centre of Jack Butland's goal after the keeper misjudged the shot.
Eastwood made it 3-0 in the 51st minute when he latched onto an upfield Hall punt, beat lan Bennett and saw his deflected shot find the top-left corner.
Butland was beaten for a fourth time in the 67th minute when he failed to deal with Mohsni's 25-yard effort which went straight down the middle.
|Competition: npower League Two Date: Friday, 30th March 2012 Kick off: 19:45 Venue: Roots Hall|
|4 - 0||Cheltenham T.
|6||Bilel Mohsni (Benyon 71)|
|4||Ryan Hall (Martin 71)|
|37||Freddy Eastwood (Harris 88)|
|9||Neil Harris (Eastwood 88)|
|24||Elliot Benyon (Mohsni 71)|
|14||David Martin (Hall 71)|
|16||Russell Penn (Low 46)|
|9||Darryl Duffy (Lowe 21)|
|29||Ben Burgess (Spencer 63)|
|14||James Spencer (Burgess 63)|
|8||Josh Low (Penn 46)|
|2||Keith Lowe (Duffy 21)|
|Southend Utd. cards shown|
|Cheltenham T. cards shown|
|19 mins||Sido Jombati||Unsporting behaviour|
|64 mins||Luke Garbutt||Unsporting behaviour|
|77 mins||Marlon Pack||Dissent|