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Peterborough United 4-0 Southend United
SOUTHEND UNITED conceded four second-half goals at the Weston Homes Stadium as promotion-chasing Peterborough United put Sol Campbell’s men to the sword and plunged them deeper into the Sky bet League One relegation mire.
Blues gave as good as they got before the break. However, their evening began to unravel five minutes after the restart when Siriki Dembélé fired beyond Southend stopper, Mark Oxley after Joe Ward had fashioned an opening.
The proverbial ‘pack of cards’ swiftly collapsed from a Southend perspective. Jack Taylor’s right-footed strike doubled the home sides advantage seven minutes later.
There was no way back for Southend. Ivan Toney added a third, despite appearing to be in an off-side position and the same player rubbed salt in an already gaping wound with Peterborough’s fourth – nodding home following a flag-kick from Dan Butler.
The defeat – Southend’s twentieth of the season – left then thirteen points from safety. They have also no conceded seventy-six goals, more than any other team in the Football League.
Southend United return to Sky Bet League One action on Saturday, February 15 when Coventry City are the visitors to Roots Hall Stadium (3pm)
Peterborough United: Pym, Butler, Beevers, Szmodics (Boyd 59’), Dembele, Brown (Knight 59’), Bennett, Toney (Eisa 77’), Ward, Mason, Taylor Subs not used: Chapman, Reed, Blake-Tracy, Boyd, Jones
Southend United: Oxley, Bwomono, Milligan, Dieng, McLaughlin, Mantom (Acquah 64’), Demetriou, Clifford, Egbri, Rush (Kelman 64’), Mitchell-Nelson Subs not used: Taylor, Goodship, Hutchinson, Kinali, Coker
Referee: Carl Boyeson
Assistants: Conor Farell and Stephen Finch
Fourth Official: Paul Hobday
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