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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Michael Turner (8')
  • Theo Robinson (11')
  • Michael Kightly (18')
  • Stephen McLaughlin (39')
  • Lee Martin (45'+4')

Southend run riot in first half to hammer Gillingham

Southend scored four times in the first 40 minutes to seal an emphatic 4-0 victory over Gillingham.
Michael Turner, Theo Robinson and Michael Kightly were all on-target before 20 minutes had been played while Stephen McLaughlin added a fourth before Gills striker Lee Martin saw red on the stroke of half-time.
The Shrimpers were looking to respond to their own 4-0 humbling at Plymouth on Friday and made a fantastic start as Turner headed home in the eighth minute from McLaughlin's left-wing corner.
Three minutes later, Southend doubled their lead when Robinson lashed a volley from inside the area beyond Gillingham goalkeeper Tomas Holy, who had moments earlier kept out Ben Coker's effort.
Southend went further ahead in the 18th minute when Kightly headed home after a stunning strike from McLaughlin had struck the underside of the crossbar.
McLaughlin also worked his way onto the scoresheet five minutes before half-time, heading home a right-wing corner from Kightly.
Gillingham's misery was further compounded when Martin was given his marching orders for a poor challenge on Robinson just before the interval.
The visitors managed to avoid conceding in the second half but the damage was already done as they crashed to a third successive defeat in Sky Bet League One.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Ipswich Town 11 +16 27
2 Wycombe Wanderers 12 +8 23
3 Peterborough United 12 +13 21
4 Bristol Rovers 12 +3 21
5 Fleetwood Town 11 +6 20
6 Blackpool 13 +2 20
7 Coventry City 12 +1 20
8 Oxford United 13 +10 19
9 Sunderland 11 +2 19
10 Rotherham United 11 +8 18
11 Doncaster Rovers 11 0 16
12 Lincoln City 13 -2 16
13 Shrewsbury Town 11 -3 16
14 Burton Albion 10 +5 15
15 Gillingham 12 +3 14
16 Portsmouth 10 +1 13
17 Rochdale 12 -7 13
18 Tranmere Rovers 12 -5 12
19 Milton Keynes Dons 12 -7 12
20 Accrington Stanley 12 -6 11
21 AFC Wimbledon 13 -6 9
22 Southend United 12 -19 4
23 Bolton Wanderers 10 -23 -8