Anthony Wordsworth second-half penalty secures Southend success
Anthony Wordsworth's second-half penalty secured Southend United a 2-1 victory against Oxford United at Roots Hall.
Wordsworth - who was making his first start of the season after recovering from a hamstring injury - slotted home 16 minutes from time after Phil Edwards had been adjudged to have handled Ben Coker's left-wing cross.
Southend had earlier gone in front after 13 minutes when midfielder Ryan Leonard marked his 200th appearance for the Shrimpers by firing a stunning 25-yard volley into the right-hand side of the net.
Oxford drew back level just before the break when Kane Hemmings headed home Marvin Johnson's short corner.
But the Shrimpers hit back to continue their remarkable recent record against Oxford.
Phil Brown's side have now been beaten just once against the O's in the last 15 meetings between the two clubs and their victory could have been more comprehensive had Simon Eastwood not denied Adam Barrett in the closing stages.
However, Shrimpers shot-stopper Mark Oxley also did superbly well to deny Wes Thomas right at the death.