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Blues in the News: Wigan Athletic

12 February 2018

A round-up of what was said following the 3-1 win over Wigan Athletic as Chris Powell became the first permanent Southend Manager to win his first three games in charge…

Southend Echo

CHRIS Powell became the first ever permanent Southend United manager to start his reign with three successive wins after guiding the Shrimpers to a shock 3-1 victory against table-topping Wigan Athletic this afternoon.

The Latics arrived at Roots Hall having not been beaten in their last 16 matches.

But goals from Michael Turner, Marc-Antoine Fortune and Michael Kightly secure a spirited Blues side continue their recent resurgence.

Yellow Advertiser

Chris Powell becomes the first permanent Southend to mastermind a hat-trick of opening wins, as his side overturned the form books to trounce the league leaders, on Saturday.

Michael Turner, Marc-Antoine Fortune and Michael Kightly were on target as the Blues’ climb up the table continues. Sub, James Vaughan volleyed home the Latics’ consolation.

BBC Sport

The so-called 'new manager bounce' - not an exact science but most bosses seem to get that improvement in results when they take over a struggling side.

Southend manager Chris Powell must feel like he's been on a space hopper since replacing Phil Brown less than two weeks ago, such has been the Shrimpers upturn in form.

From a side that had lost seven of its past eight League One games, the Essex side inflicted a first defeat on leaders Wigan since November to make it three wins from three under the former England defender.

Sky Sports

Sky Bet League One leaders Wigan suffered a shock 3-1 defeat at Southend as Chris Powell continued his fantastic start as Shrimpers boss.

Powell, who has become the first permanent Southend boss to win his first three games in charge, saw his side go in front after just three minutes when Michael Turner headed home a right-wing free-kick from Stephen McLaughlin.

The Guardian

The top two both lost as Wigan were defeated 3-1 at Southend as Chris Powell won his third consecutive game since taking charge at Roots Hall. Michael Turner and Marc-Antoine Fortuné opened up a two-goal lead. James Vaughan came off the bench to reduce the deficit but Michael Kightly confirmed the result with seven minutes to go.

Wigan Athletic

Latics suffered their first defeat of 2018 on Saturday afternoon as they went down 3-1 to Southend United, who remain unbeaten under new boss Chris Powell.

Paul Cook’s side couldn’t have got off to a worse start in Essex as Michael Turner put the Shrimpers ahead before Marc-Antoine Fortune scored against his former club for 2-0.

James Vaughan gave Latics hope with his first goal for the club but Michael Kightly made sure of the points in the final ten minutes, finishing from close range.

Wigan Observer

Wigan Athletic’s worst performance of the season saw them crash 3-1 at Southend to surrender their 16-game unbeaten run - but they remain top of League One with automatic promotion rivals Shrewsbury and Blackburn also failing to win.

Right from the off, Latics were uncharacteristically below-par at Roots Hall, and they fell behind inside three minutes when Michael Turner nodded home from close range after a corner had been flicked on.

Latics fans should have known it wasn’t going to be their day when ex-Wigan striker Marc-Antoine Fortune made it 2-0 with the kind of cool finish he failed to show during his two seasons at the DW Stadium.

Wigan Today

Paul Cook could not disguise his ‘surprise’ after Wigan Athletic’s ‘poorest performance of the season’ saw them crash 3-1 at Southend.

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