Southend win to end barren run
Southend United ended their longest ever run without a win by beating Oxford United 3-0 at Roots Hall tonight.
Phil Brown's side had gone 13 games without tasting victory.
But they roared back to winning ways against the U's thanks to an outstanding display from on loan Norwich City striker Jamar Loza who made it a miserable first game in charge for new Oxford manager Gary Waddock.
Loza helped to create Southend's first goal for Will Atkinson in the ninth minute and, with 17 minutes on the clock, he was brought down by U's goalkeeper Ryan Clarke before Lee Barnard fired home the penalty.
The effort was Barnard's first in almost a year but Oxford then came close to scoring when James Constable volleyed over from close range and Sean Rigg had a header cleared off the line by Kevan Hurst.
In reply, Clarke did superbly well to keep out efforts from Hurst, John Egan and Ryan Leonard before Loza completed the scoring with a fine individual effort four minutes from time.