Southend United left the Memorial Stadium empty handed as Bristol Rovers beat Blues 3-0 thanks to goals from Billy Bodin, Ellis Harrison and Liam Sercombe.
It was a third time in succession that Southend had failed to score at the Memorial Stadium and it was a familiar face in Bodin that opened the scoring after 15 minutes, smashing in from close range.
Bodin had scored after a minute last time these two sides met and it looked like Rovers may match the 2-0 scoreline from March when Ellis Harrison scored midway through the second half.
Liam Sercombe though put an end to that score-line happening again when he wrapped up the three points for Rovers with their third, scoring from Rory Gaffney’s rebound.
Southend failed to have a single shot on target the entire game, compared to Rovers’ 11 from 23 attempts, the sum up a truly awful afternoon for Phil Brown’s side.
With Southend’s next four games all against sides inside the top six, today was a key game for Blues which Brown had described as “one of the biggest games of the season.”