Southend fell just short of a remarkable comeback as late goals from Simon Cox and a wonder goal from Charlie Kelman couldn’t prevent a 3-2 defeat to Plymouth Argyle at Roots Hall...
The visitors looked home and hosed after they went 3-0 up with 15-minutes to go, with Antoni Sarcevic opening the scoring midway through the first-half.
Former Blues striker Freddie Ladapo grabbed his 13th goal of the season two minutes after the interval and the game looked beyond reach for Southend when Ruben Lameiras scored a third.
Southend grabbed what looked at the time just a consolation when Simon Cox scored from the penalty spot after Sam Mantom’s strike hit a hand inside the area.
Before youngster Charlie Kelman scored from inside his own half to lob goalkeeper Kyle Letherhan to put Southend within a goal of an unlikely point.
The comeback though was too little too late for Blues, as Plymouth grabbed their third league win in a row and remain unbeaten against Southend in their last seven matches.
Despite the frantic end to the game, ultimately it wasn’t the result Chris Powell’s depleted Southend side were looking for with Blues, prior to kick off, having the opportunity to climb to eighth in the table had they have picked up maximum points this afternoon.