Southend United 4 Rochdale 0

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Last updated : 22 November 2003

Managerless Southend United recorded their biggest win of the season with an easy 4-0 victory against Rochdale.

Two goals from Tes Bramble a Jim Corbett penalty and a last-minute strike from Leon Constantine secured United's first home league win in three months.

They last won at Roots Hall on August 30 when they defeated Bury 1-0, but a poor run of form left United in the bottom two.

The board then sacked manager Steve Wignall two weeks ago and his replacement will be announced on Monday afternoon.

The new boss is expected to be either ex-England international Stan Collymore or current Oxford United boss Ian Atkins.

Collymore, who spent nine months at Southend during the 1992-93 season, is the supporters choice and fans chanted his name throughout the game.

Southend took the lead in the 34th minute when a Mark Gower cross was missed by the Dale defence and Bramble tapped in to the net.

United doubled their lead two minutes later when Bramble scored his sixth for the season after Leon Cort had flicked on a Jay Smith cross.

Rochdale were awarded a penalty when David McSweeney handled, but Lee McEvilly fired his spot-kick over the bar.

Southend extended their lead in the 67th minute when Corbett converted a penalty after Gareth Griffiths fouled Cort.

Dale were reduced to ten men in the 85th minute when Sean McClare was sent off for a reckless lunge on Kevin Maher.

Constantine then grabbed the fourth for Southend when he curled a shot into the top corner of the net.

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