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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 Hull City 40 +36 76
2 Peterborough United 39 +29 73
3 Sunderland 38 +30 71
4 Portsmouth 38 +16 64
5 Blackpool 37 +17 63
6 Lincoln City 37 +15 62
7 Charlton Athletic 38 +5 59
8 Ipswich Town 38 +3 59
9 Gillingham 40 +2 58
10 Doncaster Rovers 37 +6 57
11 Accrington Stanley 38 -1 57
12 Oxford United 39 +5 56
13 Milton Keynes Dons 39 +1 54
14 Crewe Alexandra 38 -1 54
15 Fleetwood Town 39 +9 53
16 Plymouth Argyle 40 -13 52
17 Shrewsbury Town 37 +1 49
18 Burton Albion 38 -14 45
19 Northampton Town 40 -24 39
20 Swindon Town 39 -24 37
21 Bristol Rovers 40 -24 37
22 AFC Wimbledon 38 -25 36
23 Wigan Athletic 39 -27 35
24 Rochdale 38 -22 33