Match ends, Southend United 2, Blackburn Rovers 1.
League One title favourites Blackburn Rovers suffered defeat on the opening day of the season as Tony Mowbray's side lost 2-1 at Southend United.
First-half goals from Ryan Leonard and Michael Kightly put the Shrimpers in control at Roots Hall.
Phil Brown's side were able to hang on to secure all three points despite a fine free-kick from Rovers captain Charlie Mulgrew in the second half.
Southend - who missed out on the play-offs by just a point last season - went in front in the 28th minute when an unmarked Leonard volleyed home a right-wing corner from Michael Timlin.
The goal justified Southend's decision to turn down offers from both Millwall and Sheffield United in the summer and the Shrimpers were celebrating again in the 38th minute with Kightly on target.
The winger - who returned to the club in the summer after leaving Burnley - netted from eight yards.
And his effort proved to be the winner as Rovers were unable to build on Mulgrew's fine 30-yard free-kick eight minutes into the second half.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 17McGlashanSubstituted forMcLaughlinat 89'minutes
- 10CoxSubstituted forRobinsonat 76'minutes
- 2NyambeBooked at 70mins
- 26LenihanBooked at 55mins
- 3WilliamsBooked at 72mins
- 6SmallwoodSubstituted forEvansat 69'minutes
- 31BennettSubstituted forChapmanat 74'minutes
- 23DackSubstituted forFeeneyat 61'minutes
- Lee Swabey
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Southend United 2, Blackburn Rovers 1.
Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Southend United).
Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt saved. Theo Robinson (Southend United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Michael Kightly (Southend United).
Substitution, Southend United. Stephen McLaughlin replaces Jermaine McGlashan.
Attempt missed. Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Southend United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.
Attempt missed. Jermaine McGlashan (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.
Hand ball by Dominic Samuel (Blackburn Rovers).
Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Theo Robinson (Southend United).
Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Corry Evans.
Attempt blocked. Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Foul by Dominic Samuel (Blackburn Rovers).
Jermaine McGlashan (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers).
Theo Robinson (Southend United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Substitution, Southend United. Theo Robinson replaces Simon Cox.