Southend’s miserable form continued as they fell to a 3-1 defeat against Northampton Town at Sixfields...
Blues were incredibly unfortunate to go behind when Harry Krypianou’s attempted clearance ricocheted off John-Joe O’Toole and into the bottom corner midway through the first-half.
Southend weren’t behind for long though as a penalty awarded for a foul by Ash Taylor on Stephen McLaughlin saw Jason Demetriou score from the spot to send the two sides into the break level.
The home side were then awarded a penalty of their own early in the second-half for a foul by Kyprianou on Chris Long, allowing Grimes to power the home side back in front.
And as Southend pushed for an equaliser they were caught on the break by the Cobblers as Alex Revell put the finishing touch on a counter-attack to secure the points.
The defeat was Blues’ third in a row and, with the exception of the Boxing Day win against Charlton, the rest of their last eight matches in all competitions have ended in defeat.
For Northampton it was a much needed three points and only their third win in their last 11 in the league which saw them close the gap between them and safety.
Following the New Year’s Day defeat to AFC Wimbledon, Phil Brown made two changes to his Blues side in an attempt to halt Southend’s alarming slide down the table.