Nov 1, 2013 at 7.45pm UK at ‚ÄčRoots Hall
SouthendSouthend United
MansfieldMansfield Town
Straker (25'), Marriott (42' og.), Hurst (90')
Clifford (40')
FT(HT: 2-0)

McCombe (50'), Beevers (52'), McGuire (75')
McGuire (0'), Alabi (31'), Beevers (90')

Result: Three dismissed in Southend United win over Mansfield Town

Result: Three dismissed in Southend victory
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Southend beat Mansfield 3-0 at Roots Hall in a League Two match during which there were three players sent off and a bizarre own goal.

There were three goals as many sending-offs in Southend United's 3-0 League Two victory over nine-man Mansfield Town at Roots Hall tonight.

Anthony Straker put the Shrimpers into a 25th-minute lead when he converted Kevan Hurst's cross for his second goal of the season and his first in over two months.

A player from each side saw red before the interval, with Mansfield debutante James Alabi, who was signed on loan from Stoke City on Thursday, dismissed for a late challenge on 32 minutes.

Eight minutes later, Conor Clifford followed him down the tunnel when referee Darren Drysdale punished him for a two-footed tackle on Stags striker Calvin Andrew.

Phil Brown's hosts were gifted a second on 44 minutes, when Mansfield keeper Alan Marriott caught a headed back-pass from teammate Jamie McGuire, only to then step over his own goal-line with the ball.

Hurst's long-range effort in stoppage time increased Southend's margin of victory and preceded the third sending-off of the contest, as Mansfield's Lee Beevers was shown a second yellow card.

With the result, the Shrimpers climb above the 12th-place Stags, but remain outside of the playoff positions, despite only being three points behind league leaders Oxford United.

Crystal Palace's Calvin Andrew in action on March 6, 2010
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