Bristol Rovers completed a remarkable second-half turnaround to come from 2-0 down to defeat a stunned Southend United 4-2 at the Memorial Stadium.
Blues had taken a deserved lead when Brandon Goodship’s low cross was fired in from close range by Tom Hopper, who scored the winner here last season.
Goodship then doubled Southend’s advantage before the interval, getting on the end of a defence-splitting pass from Stephen McLaughlin with Blues more than worth their two-goal lead.
But the wheels would fall off shortly after the restart as Jonson Clarke-Harris won a penalty thanks to a foul by Elvis Bwomono, before sending Nathan Bishop the wrong way from the spot.
And shortly after Abu Ogogo would bring the two sides level as he latched onto a loose ball inside the area to slot the ball into the bottom corner and make it 2-2.
Ed Upson then gave Rovers the lead with a brilliantly taken half-volley that thundered beyond Bishop before Alfie Kilgour’s header completed the turnaround.
After a first-half of many positives for Sol Campbell’s side, Blues will be hugely disappointed not to have come away with at least something, while Rovers climb into the play-off places with the win.