10-man Southend United were unable to hold on for a vital point as Michael Turner’s own goal ended Blues’ unbeaten league run with a 2-1 defeat to Coventry City at Roots Hall.
The visitors were by far the better side in the first-half and took the lead after Jonson Clarke-Harris headed the ball down for Jordy Hiwula to score on the turn from close range.
Southend made a couple of early changes in the second-half and the introduction of Tom Hopper brought about Blues’ equaliser as the striker flashed a shot across Lee Burge and in.
But Southend’s hopes of completing the turnaround were all but dashed when Simon Cox received his marching orders after being shown two yellow cards in five minutes.
And Coventry would capitalise late on when Jodi Jones’ shot took a massive deflection off the legs of Michael Turner to win it for the away side in front of their travelling fans.
Southend pushed forward in the final seconds desperately to find an equaliser but it wouldn’t come for the home side whose run of five games unbeaten in the league came to an end.
It was a disappointing end to Blues’ unbeaten league run and boss Chris Powell will no doubt be wondering what he has to do to replicate his side’s away form at home.