The fallout from Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Charlton
SOUTHEND United slipped out of the League One play-off places after suffering a 2-1 defeat at Charlton Athletic this afternoon.
A deflected effort from substitute Jake Forster-Caskey condemned Blues to a second successive defeat which saw Phil Brown’s side move down to seventh in the table.
The Shrimpers – who were roared on by more than 2,500 travelling fans at the Valley – were without the injured Nile Ranger and Anthony Wordsworth in their starting line-up.
And Charlton took full advantage, opening the scoring after just six minutes with boyhood Blues fan Ricky Holmes firing them in front.
Southend’s play-off hopes suffered another body-blow, after suffering their second defeat in a week. With closest rivals, Millwall, drawing at Gillingham, Southend now need a strong finish to the season, after slipping out of a play-off spot.
Ricky Holmes’s early strike was cancelled out by John White, but late sub, Jake Forster-Caskey forced United’s Adam Thompson into conceding a late own goal.
Southend's League One play-off ambitions took a blow after a defeat by struggling Charlton at The Valley.
An Adam Thompson own goal for the Addicks in the 74th minute leaves Phil Brown's side a point behind sixth-placed Millwall.
Charlton got back to winning ways with a hard-fought victory over play-off chasing Southend United at The Valley on Saturday.
The Addicks took a deserved lead courtesy of Ricky Holmes early in the first period, only to be pegged back by John White.
But Karl Robinson’s men took control of the second half and got their winner with 74 minutes on the clock when Shrimpers defender Adam Thompson diverted Nathan Byrne’s cross into the back of the net under pressure from Jake Forster-Caskey.
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Charlton bagged a second win in 16 games with a 2-1 victory over Southend thanks to a solid home performance and goals by Ricky Holmes and Jake Forster-Caskey.
The Addicks opened the scoring through Holmes in only the sixth minute but the Shrimpers struck back within five minutes when John White headed home Michael Timlin’s corner.
A ding-dong battle for dominance took another hour to settle, though, and the hosts took the lead through the young former Brighton winger in the 74th minute.