Morecambe 2 Southend United 1
Morecambe picked up a much needed win as they came from behind to beat Phil Brown’s Southend.
A goal from substitute Jack Redshaw 20 minutes from time earned Jim Bentley’s side their first win of 2014 and a crucial three points.
Bentley said he wanted a response from his side after their 5-0 hammering at Plymouth last week and they got it – after conceding their now customary early goal.
Morecambe started well with Kevin Ellison dragging a shot wide from 20 yards.
But they found themselves a goal behind after just nine minutes when former Morecambe loanee Kevan Hurst whipped in an excellent in-swinging centre from the left-hand side and midfielder Ryan Leonard timed his run to perfection to head past Barry Roche from 12 yards out.
Hurst went close to putting the Shrimpers’ 2-0 up with a curler that sailed just the wrong side of the post before the visitors gifted Morecambe a way back into the game.
Southend failed to deal with a long ball forward and Ellison nipped in front of goalkeeper Dan Bentley before finishing well from the tightest of angles to equalise on 29 minutes.
The visitors hit back with a Hurst cross finding Anthony Straker yards from goal but Alex Kenyon made a superb covering block.
Leonard then went close to a second when his low shot was superbly tipped away by Roche.
The Shrimps looked much sharper in the second half and Padraig Amond went on a free run on goal but was denied by an excellent save from Bentley.
The visitors’ keeper had to be at his best again to save an Ellison volley before Shrimps’ skipper Mark Hughes fired over a shot from the resultant corner.
Morecambe’s pressure paid off on 70 minutes with a goal from a swift counter-attack.
Southend had wasted a glorious chance to level when a corner was headed straight at Roche and the Shrimps’ keeper set Shaun Beeley off on a storming run that ended with a clinical finish from Redshaw.
The Shrimps had chances to extend their lead, with Ellison volleying over and Hughes stabbing a close-range effort wide when both could have done better before Brown’s boys ended the game on top.
Barry Corr wasted a glorious chance score a last-gasp equaliser when he missed the target with a header from just six yards out, and Conor Clifford sent a dipping shot just over the bar in a nervy period of injury time. But the Shrimps held on.
MORECAMBE: Roche, Beeley, Hughes, McCready, Threlfall, Kenyon, Drummond, Fleming, Ellison (Wright 85), Amond (Redshaw 66), Sampson (Marshall 85). Subs (not used): Arestidou, Diagne, Williams, Parrish.
Booked: Fleming, Ellison.
SOUTHEND: Bentley, White, Phillips, Egan, Coker, Leonard (Laird 71), Timlin (Clifford 51), Atkinson (Barnard 61), Corr, Straker, Hurst. Subs (not used): Smith, Payne, Eastwood, Gomis.
Referee: O Langford