Southend United gave away a two goal lead against Charlton Athletic to lose 3-2 this afternoon in a behind closed doors friendly at The Valley.Manager Paul Sturrock used the match at the Championship sides home as an opportunity to take a look at trialists Stephen Folan, Scott Donnelly and Taiwo Atieno.
And it was the Scotsman’s side that raced into a two-goal lead through David Martin and Stephen Brogan by half-time.
Charlton had the first opportunity of the match though as Salim Kerkar fired over after 6 minutes before Southend’s Luke Prosser blocked Scott Wagstaff’s shot wide of the post.
Danny Green then shot wide from outside the penalty area for Charlton before the Blues opened their account at the Valley.
David Martin put Semi Ajayi under pressure and forced him into a poor back header to his keeper that allowed the former Millwall winger a chance to nip inside and flick the ball past the custodian and into the empty net in the 20th minute.
With Blues leading 1-0 trialist Stephen Brogan fired over the bar from distance before five minutes from half-time the diminutive midfielder doubled Southend’s tally.
Striker Freddy Eastwood slipped in Scott Donnelley in the Charlton box and his shot was parried to the feet of Brogan by Charlton’s stopper leaving the 24-year-old the simple task of rolling the ball into the unguarded net from inside the six-yard box.
The Addicks brought the first half to a close with Danny Green blazing over Daniel Bentley’s crossbar.
After the restart Freddy Eastwood forced a two handed save from the home sides keeper with a 12-yard volley, before Michael Smith warmed Bentley’s hands at the other end.
Wagstaff then shot over after Green knock down before Charlton pulled two goals back in quick succession through substitute Bradley Wright-Phillips.
The pacey forward arrowed a shot into the top corner from 18-yards for his first before a mistake from Aaron Tatham after the restart saw him beat Bentley for a second time.
However, Wright-Phillips was to be denied his hattrick as Bentley made a solid stop from the Addicks forward only for the ball to rebound to Salim Kerkar who hit the winner.
Trialist Stephen Folan then fired wide before fellow hopeful Eric Opinie stabbed an effort against the post in the final action.
Southend: Bentley, Woodyard, Coughlan (Tatham 51), Prosser, Baucutt (Ikpomosa 57 (Bridge 80)), Martin, Folan, Donnelly, Brogan, Atieno (Opinie 57), Eastwood (Njie 57).
Subs not used: Smith, Payne, Hyms.