Exeter ended a run of four successive defeats with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Southend.

Adam Stansfield scored the only goal of a game in which both teams ended the match with 10 men.

The Grecians went in front after 17 minutes when the recalled Troy Archibald-Henville played the ball into the channel and Stansfield latched onto it.

Steve Mildenhall did not know whether to stay on his line or come and clear and, caught between the two, Stansfield took full advantage by lofting the ball over his head and into the net via the far post.

Southend had chances themselves with Jabo Ibehre heading wide from six yards with the game goalless and shortly after Exeter's opener he again headed wide from close in.

The Shrimpers were the better of the two teams after the break but never really troubled Exeter goalkeeper Paul Jones.

The Grecians were reduced to 10 men in the 63rd minute when Barry Corr was sent off for an off-the-ball incident, and Southend also lost a man when Ibehre saw red after clashing with Richard Duffy.

Stansfield had a great chance to wrap things up for Exeter, but he fired wide when through on goal.

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