Kevin Kyle scored a brace as Hartlepool picked up their first Coca-Cola League One win in seven games with a 3-0 victory over 10-man Southend at Victoria Park.
Southend were always second best against managerless Pools after going behind early on, and had to play with 10 men for more than half an hour after skipper Adam Barrett was sent off.
Matty Robson scored in between Kyle's double to complete the route.
Hartlepool went in front after five minutes when Joel Porter escaped down the right and pulled a low cross back from the touchline for strike partner Kyle to curl a 15-yard shot into the top corner of the net.
Minutes later, Southend keeper Steve Mildenhall made a brilliant one-handed save to stop an angled shot from Matty Robson as he broke in from the left.
But Southend should have been level on 18 minutes when home keeper Jan Budtz blocked Alex Revell's shot, only for Lee Barnard to blaze the rebound high over an open goal.
The hosts doubled their advantage after 35 minutes when Robson picked up a poor clearance and curled a magnificent 30-yard shot into the far corner from wide on the left.
Southend skipper Barrett, booked in the first half, was shown a straight red card on 57 minutes for a professional foul on Porter.
Hartlepool made their numerical advantage count within four minutes when Kyle tapped in his second after a Richie Jones cross.
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