Southend suffered a third straight home defeat as goals from Liam Sercombe and Gavin Reilly secured Bristol Rovers a 2-1 win at Roots Hall...
Former Blues assistant manager and Rovers boss Graham Coughlan was the mastermind behind the win as the visitors capitalised on mistakes at the back to give them a vital three points.
Rovers opened the scoring when Nathan Bishop was beaten to a long ball over the top, allowing Tom Nichols to tee up Sercombe to score into an empty net.
And as Southend pushed for an equaliser, Rovers caught them on the counter-attack with Nichols again the creator, sliding the ball through to Reilly who calmly slotted home Rovers’ second.
Southend got themselves back into the tie when Dru Yearwood’s dipping shot was mishandled by Jack Bonham, leaving Simon Cox to tap in the rebound to put Blues within one.
Cox then had the ball in the back of the net for a second time after the break but it was ruled out for offside with Southend unable to prevent a third successive loss at home.
The defeat leaves boss Chris Powell still trying to figure out the conundrum that is Southend’s home form as Blues fell a ninth home defeat of the season in the league while Rovers climbed out of the relegation zone as the Gas’ improvement continues under Coughlan.