Southend United fell to a 1-0 defeat to Accrington Stanley at Roots Hall thanks to an early second-half strike from Colby Bishop.
Neither side could create much in the way of clear cut chances early on, although Mark Oxley had to be at his best to tip over a Sam Finley deflected effort.
Seven minutes after the interval though, Bishop struck, getting on the end of a cut back from Jerome Opoku before firing low into the back of the net to give Accrington the lead.
The visitors had further chances to extend their advantage before Southend’s hopes faded after Nathan Ralph was shown a red card, picking up a second yellow for his foul on Sam Finley.
Defeat for Blues meant they are still without a win at home this season ahead of next weekend’s derby away at Gillingham.