Chris Powell’s tenure as Blues manager got off to the perfect start, as a 90th minute Michael Turner winner sealed a vital three points for Southend United in a thrilling game.
A fired up Southend side bested the Iron to win their first game of 2018, and to end a streak of four games without a win.
Despite a great start to the first half, Powell found his men a goal behind following a poor clearance from Mark Oxley, resulting in Tom Hopper to head in the opening goal from six-yards out.
Scunthorpe keeper Rory Watson had kept all of Southend’s chances out in the opening 45 minutes, but a stroke of luck from Kightly eight minutes from halftime resulted in the winger beating the Iron keeper with a cross-come-shot that looped over the shot stopper, and into the net for the Blues equaliser.
The Blues’ persistence for goals continued into the second half, and come the 52nd minute Southend were in front. A free-kick from 20-yards out was eyed up by McLaughlin, and the Irishman’s take from the dead-ball scenario was perfect, as his strike fired straight into the bottom corner, giving the hosts a deserved lead.
The lead was not to least, though, as Graham Alexander’s side were able to find an equalising goal four minutes following McLaughlin’s free-kick, as Kevin van Veen was allowed to smash in from close-range to tie the game up.
Just when a draw looked like the ending result, the Blues were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the area. McLaughlin drilled in the ball into the area, and after some confusion in the box, defender Turner was able to slide in the winning goal, to seal the three points for Southend United.