Southend claimed a huge result despite being reduced to 10-men for the last 20 minutes of the game.
In a close-fought affair, 10-men Southend managed to grab three goals towards the end of the game to beat Oldham at Roots Hall.
In the early stages of the game, Southend created the first chance of the game with Oldham ‘keeper Connor Ripley keeping hold of a powerful Nile Ranger header.
Oldham midfielder Ollie Banks then produced a fine piece of skill in the middle of the park to turn two Southend players and lift a wonderful ball over to Latics’ striker Lee Erwin who volleyed just over the bar.
Tope Obadeyi then laid the ball into the path of Latics’ winger Chris Taylor who fired just wide of Chris Walton’s far post.
Moving into the second half, Simon Cox had a wonderful chance to give Southend the lead but with acres of space 12 yards from goal, he fired over the bar and over the stadium.
Then, the turning point in the game occured.
Southend midfielder Ryan Leonard went in late on Oldham’s Ousmane Fane and gave referee Kevin Johnson no option but to show him the red card.
However, with Southend reduced to ten, it was The Shrimpers who gained the momentum.
Only 5 minutes after Leonard’s dismissal, Southend took an unexpected lead with substitute Theo Robinson drilling the ball to the back post for Ranger to tap home.
3 minutes later, Southend extended their lead
Super-sub Robinson was at it again, as a ball was floated into the box from a free-kick and he headed the ball past Ripley at the near post.
Oldham created relatively no goal-scoring opportunities despite their numerical advantage and with the game heading towards a 2-0 win for Southend, Oldham captain Peter Clarke was adjudged to have impeded Southend winger McGlashen inside the penalty area.
Anthony Wordsworth sent Ripley the wrong way and Southend claimed an impressive 3-0 win with The Latics looking bewildered at their capitulation.
This result ended an impressive run of results for Oldham under John Sheridan and they will be hoping that the teams in and around then do not pick up positive results in their upcoming games to avoid being dragged into the relegation zone.
The Shimpers promotion aspirations look positive after this result and with a difficult game against Bolton Wanderers up next they will be delighted they picked up three points.