Bradford 0-4 Southend: Stephen Humphrys nets debut double as David Hopkin's side thumped
Last Updated: 19/01/19 7:23pm
Stephen Humphrys scored twice on his debut as Southend thrashed Bradford 4-0 at Valley Parade to record their sixth away win of the season.
The Fulham striker, who spent the first half of the season on loan at Scunthorpe, enabled Southend to double their 2-0 half-time lead by adding their third and fourth goals.
Bottom-four side Bradford had won their previous four home matches without conceding.
The visitors went in front after 72 seconds when Bradford right-back Paul Caddis tried to intercept but the ball flew into the path of Simon Cox, who scored with a superb right-footed shot into the far corner.
Southend increased their lead after 26 minutes when the Bradford defence failed to clear a throw-in on the left and the ball came out to Sam Mantom, the visiting skipper, who scored with a first-time shot.
Humphrys put paid to any hopes Bradford might have had of a second-half revival by scoring Southend's third goal nine minutes after interval.
He robbed defender Anthony O'Connor of the ball as he tried to head it back to Richard O'Donnell and took it round the goalkeeper before slotting it into the net.
He then completed the scoring with a fine left-footed shot from 20 yards out after cutting in from the right.
Bradford, who were booed off the field at half-time and at the end of the match, had only one direct effort on target - a close-range header from George Miller which was palmed over the bar by keeper Nathan Bishop in the 53rd minute.