Southend suffered their third straight league defeat as goals from Callum O’Hare and Maxime Biamou helped Coventry City secure a 2-0 win at Roots Hall.
In horrible conditions thanks to Storm Dennis, Blues held firm in the first half though Coventry did hit the woodwork twice in the opening 45 minutes with efforts from Jordan Shipley and Liam Walsh.
Blues began the second half brightly but were unable to test goalkeeper Marko Marosi and within minutes of being introduced, O’Hare opened the scoring for the visitors.
O’Hare carried the ball forward almost unchallenged and calmly rolled the ball into the back of the net on the hour mark, five minutes after coming on, right in front of the 1,588 travelling fans.
The victory was then secured when fellow sub Biamou beat Miles Mitchell-Nelson to a long ball forward, allowing him to score Coventry’s second and wrap up the three points.
It was a third successive defeat for Southend who face two more huge home games in the coming days against Gillingham and Burton Albion, while Coventry continue to march on.