Report: Morecambe 2-1 Southend United
Southend United suffered another disappointing defeat at the hands of Morecambe, as the hosts came from behind to win 2-1 at the Globe Arena.
Ryan Leonard, just a day after signing a new contract with Blues, opened the scoring early on for Blues, but Morecambe turned things around.
Kevin Ellison levelled after a defensive mix-up before Jack Redshaw came off the bench to win it for the hosts in the second-half.
The defeat meant Blues’ run extended to ten games, ahead of the trip to Scunthorpe United on Tuesday night.
Phil Brown named an unchanged side for the trip to the Globe Arena, as he kept faith in the side that drew 1-1 with Wycombe Wanderers last weekend.
Leonard committed his long-term future to the club on Friday, and was committed to the cause at Morecambe, capping his new deal with the opener.
Ben Coker passed to Kevan Hurst, who whipped in an excellent cross that Leonard met perfectly to head past Barry Roche.
Hurst himself then had the chance to double Blues’ advantage after being released by Will Atkinson, but after cutting back, the 11-goal midfielder curled just over the bar.
Blues were deservedly ahead, but Morecambe pegged them back against the run of play just before the half hour mark.
Dan Bentley couldn’t deal with a long ball over the top that held up in the wind, and Ellison nipped in to take it off him before finishing from a tight angle.
Blues’ supporters rallied following the equaliser, and almost saw their side retake the lead.
Hurst produced another excellent cross that caused the Shrimps problems, and the ball fell to Anthony Straker, but the winger somehow couldn’t convert.
Leonard was clearly in the mood, and almost got his second of the afternoon on the stroke of half-time.
Michael Timlin teed him up, but his low strike from 20-yards was tipped behind by Roche.
Morecambe had the first real chance of the second-half when Padraig Amond ran through, but Blues’ keeper Bentley spread himself well to keep it out.
Bentley then kept out Ellison’s volley before substitute Lee Barnard saw a volley of his own go just over the bar for Blues.
Mark Phillips then had a great chance from Ben Coker’s corner, but his header was saved and moments later, Blues were behind.
An incisive break from the hosts saw Shaun Beeley tee up substitute Redshaw who confidently stroked the ball home.
The goal appeared to knock Blues’ confidence, but they had a great chance late on to earn a point.
Coker’s cross found Corr who rose highest to head goalwards, but it went agonisingly over the crossbar.
Sub Conor Clifford then went just as close, but his 25-yard-strike went just over with Roche beaten.
Blues: Bentley; White, Coker, Phillips, Egan; Atkinson (Barnard 60), Leonard, Timlin (Clifford 51); Straker, Corr, Hurst.
Subs: Smith, Gomis, Eastwood, Payne, Laird.