Sol Campbell’s reign as Southend boss began with a 3-1 defeat at home to Ipswich Town as James Norwood’s double and a Kayden Jackson strike secured the points for the visitors.
Blues thought they had made the perfect start under their new boss when Rob Kiernan headed in an Isaac Hutchinson free-kick only for it to be ruled out for offside.
Ipswich would then take the lead through Norwood after Jackson’s long ball forward allowed the Town striker to get goal side before he fired into the bottom corner after eight minutes.
Norwood would put daylight between the two sides midway through the second-half, again getting on the end of a Jackson pass to find the bottom corner and double their lead.
The provider then turned goalscorer ass Jon Nolan’s long-range shot was parried by Mark Oxley into the feet of Jackson who took a touch to compose himself before slotting the ball in.
Emile Acquah would grab a consolation goal late on, scoring his first senior goal for the club from close range, but it was another defeat for Blues who are yet to win at home this season.
The win for Ipswich saw them return to the top of the League One table, ending a run of two straight defeats, with Southend facing another big task next weekend away at Sunderland.