SHRIMPERS FACING AN UPHILL STRUGGLE TO STAY IN LEAGUE ONE

Adebayo Akinfenwa scored twice in four second-half minutes to fire Wycombe Wanderers to a crucial win at fellow strugglers Southend United.

The Chairboys shaded the possession during a nervy first half, with Akinfenwa sending a close-range header straight at Shrimpers goalkeeper Nathan Bishop.

Moments later, Timothee Dieng headed Sam Hart’s deep left wing cross over the crossbar before Blues were forced into making their first change of the afternoon after just 32 minutes as skipper Jason Demetriou limped off with what appeared to be a knee problem.

But, after the break, Wycombe took control and opened the scoring when Scott Kashket's low, left-wing cross found Akinfenwa, who netted with a well-controlled finish at the far post.

And Akinfenwa was at it again just moments later as he latched onto Michael Harriman's long diagonal ball into the box and sent a looping header into the far corner of the net.

The striker's brace ended a run of five successive defeats for Wycombe and saw them move up to 17th - three points above the relegation zone.

In contrast, out-of-form Southend are now winless in 14 matches and slipped to 22nd in League One with just four games to go.

Southend United manager Kevin Bond had a few words to say after the game

“It’s surprised me after a good display last week at Fleetwood,” said Bond.”

“Wycombe fought harder and worked more. They won all the first balls and all the second balls.”

“They showed a greater desire for the situation they’re in than we did.”

“It’s disappointing and I hadn’t seen that in training or a performance while I’ve been here and that has to stop.”

“We have to be strong enough characters to deal with playing at home and there can be no excuses.”

Full match highlights can be found here:

https://www.skysports.com/football/southend-vs-wycombe/report/393597

Blues now face two games over the Easter weekend and travel to Walsall this Friday who currently sit below the Shrimpers in Sky Bet League One.

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