Southend’s disappointing performances continued as they lost in a poor game at Roots Hall to Bristol Rovers
Returning ex-Blue Graham Coughlan managed Bristol Rovers to a deserved victory to climb out of the relegation zone. Coming into the game 23rd in the league, the Pirates started on the front foot and put Southend United under pressure.
Rovers would’ve gone 1-0 up if not for Nathan Bishop’s sensational reflexes. He parried a hard shot from the edge of the box out to Gavin Reilly before somehow closing the angle and completing a wonderful double save.
The Shrimpers 1st half woes were deserving paid for in the 20th minute, as Liam Sercombe scored after a short scramble of confusion. Rovers’ fans suddenly burst into life as the crowd remained flat at Roots Hall.
The Blues misery was compiled in the 32nd minute as the score doubled after a positional mistake by Michael Turner. The experienced centre-back stepped out of his line in attempt to stop Bristol’s counter, only to open up space in-behind. Gavin Reilly got his goal this time after a sublime through pass by Tom Nichols.
Against the run of play, Simon Cox scored his 12th of the season after a Dru Yearwood long-shot. The young prospect is yet to score for Southend, but his efforts led to an equaliser after Bonham parried his effort at goal.
Southend’s performance improved slightly in the 2nd half as the introductions of Kelman and Mcloughlin opened the game up. However, Bristol Rovers held on for a crucial away win, lifting them out of the relegation zone. Now Southend United are just 3 games away from the drop zone, signalling their disappointing season so far.
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