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Anthony Grant challenges Ajay Leitch-Smith unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lee Bell takes the free kick.
The official flags Ajay Leitch-Smith offside. Indirect free kick taken by Glenn Morris.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Bell by Ryan Hall. Lee Bell takes the free kick.
Ashley Westwood decides to take a short corner.
Bilel Mohsni finds the back of the net with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Crewe 1-3 Southend.Assist on the goal came from Neil Harris.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Murphy on Michael Timlin. Peter Gilbert restarts play with the free kick.
Neil Harris takes a shot. Save made by Steve Phillips.
The ball is swung over by Ryan Hall, Bilel Mohsni scores a headed goal from close range. Crewe 1-2 Southend.Assist by Ryan Hall.
Carl Martin concedes a free kick for a foul on Anthony Grant. Carl Martin receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Chris Barker takes the direct free kick.
Byron Moore goes off and Lee Bell comes on.
Bilel Mohsni is brought on as a substitute for Ryan Leonard.
Michael Timlin takes a shot. Save made by Steve Phillips. Corner from the left by-line taken by Ryan Hall, Liam Dickinson produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
Centre by Sean Clohessy, Steve Phillips manages to make a clearance. Peter Gilbert produces a cross, Glenn Morris manages to make a clearance.
Shaun Miller leaves the field to be replaced by Max Clayton.
A cross is delivered by Ajay Leitch-Smith, Headed effort from close range by Nick Powell goes wide left of the target.
Ashley Westwood takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Neil Harris.
Harry Davis finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Crewe 1-1 Southend.Ajay Leitch-Smith provided the assist for the goal.
Corner taken by Ashley Westwood played to the near post, clearance made by Mark Phillips.
Corner taken left-footed by Peter Gilbert from the left by-line, save made by Steve Phillips.
Ryan Hall takes a shot. Carl Martin gets a block in.
Foul by Ashley Westwood on Michael Timlin, free kick awarded. Ashley Westwood is cautioned. Michael Timlin restarts play with the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Liam Dickinson, clearance made by Harry Davis.
Ryan Hall replaces JP Kalala. Anthony Grant on for Kane Ferdinand.
Michael Timlin produces a cross, save by Steve Phillips.
The ball is swung over by Harry Davis.
Ajay Leitch-Smith takes a shot. Save by Glenn Morris. Corner taken right-footed by Ashley Westwood from the right by-line, clearance made by Mark Phillips. Effort on goal by Ashley Westwood from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Ajay Leitch-Smith takes a shot. Save by Glenn Morris. Corner taken by Ashley Westwood, Chris Barker manages to make a clearance.
Liam Dickinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luke Murphy. Luke Murphy produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Peter Gilbert.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Sean Clohessy played to the near post, save made by Steve Phillips.
A cross is delivered by Byron Moore, Chris Barker makes a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken by Peter Gilbert, Liam Dickinson takes a shot. Save made by Steve Phillips. Header from close range by Michael Timlin clears the bar.
A cross is delivered by Ashley Westwood, Mark Phillips manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Westwood from the left by-line to the near post, Mark Phillips manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sean Clohessy by Shaun Miller. Direct free kick taken by Glenn Morris.
JP Kalala concedes a free kick for a foul on Ajay Leitch-Smith. JP Kalala is given a yellow card. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Ashley Westwood, clearance made by Michael Timlin.
Michael Timlin takes a shot. Steve Phillips makes a save. Kane Ferdinand finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Crewe 0-1 Southend.Michael Timlin provided the assist for the goal.
Effort from just outside the penalty box by Nick Powell strikes the post. Shot by Ajay Leitch-Smith from inside the six-yard box clear the bar.
Michael Timlin takes a shot. Fantastic save by Steve Phillips.
The ball is crossed by Sean Clohessy, Harry Davis manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Peter Gilbert from the left by-line played to the near post, save made by Steve Phillips.
Luke Murphy fouled by Kane Ferdinand, the ref awards a free kick. Adam Dugdale takes the free kick.
Ryan Leonard takes a shot. Save by Steve Phillips.
Booking for Kane Ferdinand for dissent.
Liam Dickinson produces a cross.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Peter Gilbert, clearance made by Adam Dugdale.
Michael Timlin takes a shot from a long way out which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Unfair challenge on Byron Moore by Sean Clohessy results in a free kick. Adam Dugdale takes the direct free kick. Sean Clohessy is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Shaun Miller. Free kick taken by Glenn Morris.
Ajay Leitch-Smith takes a shot. Glenn Morris makes a save.
Centre by Peter Gilbert, Ashley Westwood manages to make a clearance.
The referee cautions Liam Dickinson for unsporting behaviour.
Liam Dickinson receives a caution.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Phillips by Ajay Leitch-Smith. Glenn Morris takes the free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Shaun Miller. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Barker.
Unfair challenge on Nick Powell by Sean Clohessy results in a free kick. Adam Dugdale takes the free kick.
Ryan Leonard takes a shot. Steve Phillips makes a comfortable save.
Liam Dickinson takes a shot. Save by Steve Phillips.
Neil Harris fouled by Adam Dugdale, the ref awards a free kick. Peter Gilbert crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Luke Murphy makes a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Sean Clohessy, clearance by Harry Davis. Corner taken by Peter Gilbert from the left by-line played to the near post, Kane Ferdinand produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Effort from the edge of the area by Shaun Miller goes wide of the right-hand post.
Bell set for captaincy
Lee Bell could once again take the captain's armband for Crewe against Southend, presuming he recovers from a calf problem.
The midfielder, who has enjoyed two spells with the club, has been sidelined for two games with the injury he sustained in the draw with local rivals Port Vale.
Centre-back Dave Artell is doubtful again with a hamstring strain and fellow defender Danny Shelley is struggling with an ankle injury.
The Alex's leading marksman Shaun Miller will probably be restored to the starting XI by manager Dario Gradi after he was rested for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy win over Macclesfield.
Miller's inclusion could be one of a number changes Gradi makes with midfielder Ashley Westwood and forward Ajay Leitch-Smith among those likely to be recalled.
Southend will assess Anthony Grant ahead of the trip as Ryan Hall pushes for a starting berth following his brace in midweek.
Midfielder Grant was replaced after 52 minutes of Tuesday's 3-1 Johnstone's Paint Trophy victory at Dagenham nursing an ankle injury. He rested on Thursday and will be assessed on Friday, although manager Paul Sturrock will not take any chances with his fitness.
Hall - along with Grant, Bilel Mohsni and Blair Sturrock - was one of four changes to United's starting XI at Victoria Road and duly made his mark by bagging an impressive brace, while also missing a penalty.
Hall's contribution leaves Sturrock with a welcome decision to make having kept faith with the same XI for back-to-back victories over promotion rivals Rotherham and Shrewsbury which have left Southend at the top of League Two.
Midfielder Lee Sawyer (thigh) failed to get some minutes under his belt at Dagenham having initially been pencilled in to make his return, striker Barry Corr continues to make slow progress with his recovery from a long-term knee problem while Harry Crawford (knee) is out for around three to four weeks.
Mohsni sends Shrimpers top
Substitute Bilel Mohsni's late brace fired Southend back to the top of League Two as they extended their winning run to six matches with a 3-1 win at Crewe.
Crewe had the ball in the net first, but Shaun Miller was flagged offside after bundling in the rebound from Ajay Leitch-Smith's initial shot.
Highly-rated Alex youngster Nick Powell struck the upright with a superb half-volley and Leitch-Smith could not connect with the rebound.
However, the Shrimpers took the lead with 37 minutes gone when Crewe goalkeeper Steve Phillips parried Michael Timlin's shot and Kane Ferdinand was on hand to side-foot into the empty net.
Just before the break, Phillips clawed away Liam Dickinson's header before Ryan Leonard poked over the loose ball and in the second-half Southend goalkeeper Glenn Morris produced heroics at the other end to twice deny Leitch-Smith.
Powell then picked out Ashley Westwood unmarked at the back post but the midfield man blazed over the bar.
Harry Davis kept his cool when Leitch-Smith found the full-back in a similar position and he rifled home a 75th-minute leveller.
But Mohsni headed in Ryan Hall's cross with two minutes to go and then doubled his account two minutes later, pulling down Neil Harris's ball before sliding it under Phillips.
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