Southend were unable to build on last weekend’s impressive win as Matty Pearson’s header gave Luton Town a deserved 1-0 win at Roots Hall..
Blues never truly looked at the races as the Hatters extended their unbeaten league run to 16-games with the three points sending them to the top of the table with Portsmouth in cup action.
Luton dominated possession from the start with Nathan Bishop pulling off a fine save with his legs to prevent Jack Stacey opening the scoring.
Pearson though headed Mick Harford’s side in front just before the half-hour mark, getting on the end to James Justin’s corner to nod beyond Bishop in front of over 2,000 travelling fans.
Southend didn’t really trouble Luton after that, with Simon Cox’s speculative effort from distance – which forced a good save from James Shea – the best the home side could muster.
The defeat left Blues still searching for their first back-to-back league wins since September as Luton maintained their unbeaten run under interim manager Mick Harford.