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Match Gallery: Southend 2-3 Doncaster

6 August 2018

Look back at Blues' game against Doncaster Rovers through the eyes of our photographer's lens...

A late Blues comeback wasn’t enough to prevent Southend from an opening day defeat as Chris Powell’s side lost 3-2 to Doncaster Rovers at Roots Hall.

Southend had been by far the better team in the first-half and only some goalkeeping heroics from Marko Marosi kept Chris Powell’s side out.

The Slovak saved efforts from Harry Lennon, Michael Kightly, Ben Coker and Simon Cox in a frustrating half for Blues who felt they deserved to go into the break with a lead.

Having survived the first period, Grant McCann’s side made Southend pay by scoring with their first attempt on target as John Marquis found the top corner.

Shortly after, Mallik Wilks struck a smartly taken goal before a daisy-cutter of an effort from Tommy Rowe somehow managed to find the bottom corner to put the game seemingly out of sight for Blues.

With the Blues looking down and out, Tom Hopper grabbed one back with 15 minutes to play after Sam Mantom’s effort was saved and the former Scunthorpe man bundled the ball over the line.

And Theo Robinson made it a tense final few minutes when a cross from the right found Hopper, who teed up the blonde-haired Robinson to smash the ball home.

The spirited fightback though was too little, too late for Southend who were unable to grab an unlikely equaliser as they began the season with a defeat. 

Read the full match report here.

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