Southend United’s poor luck continued as they fell to a controversial 3-2 defeat to Bolton Wanderers at The University of Bolton Stadium.
Harry Lennon had nodded the visitors in front after just 10 minutes, getting on the end of Sam Mantom’s corner kick to head into the back of the net.
Sol Campbell’s side though would go into the break 2-1 behind, with Joe Dodoo scoring a contentious equaliser, despite appearing to use his hand in the build-up.
The handball went unseen by referee Ben Toner who then seemed to ignore his linesman’s offside flag moments before Luke Murphy volleyed Bolton in front in first-half stoppage time.
Southend weren’t afraid to air their grievances about both goals, but they only had themselves to blame for Bolton’s third after a mistake from Timothee Dieng allowed Daryl Murphy in.
Dieng would atone for his error by glancing in Stephen McLaughlin’s free-kick to give Blues hope, but it proved too little too late for the visitors.
Defeat for Blues extends their winless run to 13 league matches, while Bolton ended a run of three games without a win and put themselves just two points behind Southend in the table.