Southend’s wait for a first league point continues after a quick-fire double from Peterborough saw Posh record a 2-0 win against Blues at Roots Hall.
Both sides were level at the break before Peterborough’s record signing Mohamed Eisa fired the visitors in front, getting on the end of Marcus Maddison’s whipped ball in.
Maddison was then provider for Ivan Toney, who doubled Posh’s advantage by chesting down the midfielder's floated ball in before finding the net from a tight angle.
Victory for the visitors was their first of the season in all competitions, while Blues’ difficult start to the campaign continues as they remain without a win or a point from their opening four games.
Despite positive spells of play from the home side, the way the evening panned out wasn’t the reaction that boss Kevin Bond was ultimately looking for after a tough weekend just gone.
The Blues manager made three changes to his starting line-up that were beaten 4-0 by Lincoln City at the weekend with Ethan Hamilton coming in for his full debut after his loan move last week.
Harry Lennon returned to the back while Brandon Goodship was deployed over on the left as Blues set up in a 4-1-4-1 formation, with Elvis Bwomono pushed forward into the right-wing position.
Both sides were looking for their first league win of the season and it was Peterborough who looked the most threatening early on, nearly profiting from a couple of loose balls from the Blues midfield.
Marcus Maddison latched onto one wayward pass before launching a cross into Ivan Toney who volleyed over, before Toney had another chance gifted to him only for his shot to be blocked.
The visitors continued their positive start when Mohamed Eisa’s shot from the edge of the area was deflected just over the crossbar by Lennon with Southend having to weather an early storm.
Blues did eventually settle and grew into the half with Hamilton pulling the strings in midfield, linking up well with Goodship who had pitched up wide left.
The two almost combined perfectly when Hamilton spotted the run of his team-mate and sent in a well-weighted pass which goalkeeper Christy Pym done superbly well to smother ahead of Goodship.
Sam Mantom then tried to match Hamilton’s link-up play with a raking pass of his own out to Goodship, who cut in from left to right before shooting just wide of Pym’s right-hand upright.
Goalless at the break, Peterborough went within a whisker of breaking the deadlock inside two minutes of the restart when George Boyd hit the woodwork with a superbly struck half-volley.
Goodship then had a chance for Blues go begging, curling an effort just wide, before the visitors hit Southend with a quick-fire double to put Posh firmly in control of the contest.
Maddison was the key architect for both of Peterborough’s goals with the first seeing his whipped ball into the near-post dispatched beyond Nathan Bishop by the sliding Eisa.
Two minutes later and Posh were two to the good when Maddison’s floated ball to the far-post was brilliantly chested down by Toney before the striker fired in from a tight angle to make it two.
Southend didn’t know what had hit them with both goals coming in such quick succession, and they almost fell three behind when Eisa’s low drive had to be saved at his near-post by Bishop.
The home side came close to halving the deficit late on when Mantom’s corner kick was headed onto the crossbar by Mark Milligan but that was as close as Southend would come on the night.
Peterborough though had done enough to secure their first win of the season, while Blues’ next chance to get off the mark comes against Wycombe Wanderers this coming Saturday.
Blues XI: Bishop, Bwomono, Ralph (Blackman 72’), Milligan (C), Cox, Goodship (Ndukwu 73’), Hamilton, Mantom, Shaughnessy, Lennon, White (Humphrys 64’). Subs Not Used: Oxley, Hyam, Kelman, Robinson
Peterborough United XI: Pym, Beevers (C), Kent, Eisa (Dembele 75’), Knight (Ward 90+3'), Maddison (Tasdemir 75’), Reed, Toney, Blake-Tracey, Boyd, Mason. Subs Not Used: O’Malley, Butler, Bennett, Burrows
Referee: Alan Young
Assistants: Paul Lister & Stephen Finch
Fourth Official: Stephen Brown
Southend United: None
Peterborough United: Mohamed Eisa 55’, Ivan Toney 57’
Southend United: Sam Mantom 7’
Peterborough United: None
Attendance: 5,890 (383 Away)