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Southend United 2-1 Blackburn Rovers

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.

Line-ups

Southend

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Oxley
  • 24Demetriou
  • 48White
  • 5Ferdinand
  • 2Hendrie
  • 17McGlashanSubstituted forMcLaughlinat 89'minutes
  • 18Leonard
  • 8Timlin
  • 7Kightly
  • 10CoxSubstituted forRobinsonat 76'minutes
  • 9Fortuné

Substitutes

  • 11McLaughlin
  • 15Kiernan
  • 16Yearwood
  • 19Bridge
  • 22Smith
  • 27Kyprianou
  • 31Robinson

Blackburn

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Raya
  • 2NyambeBooked at 70mins
  • 26LenihanBooked at 55mins
  • 14Mulgrew
  • 3WilliamsBooked at 72mins
  • 9Samuel
  • 6SmallwoodSubstituted forEvansat 69'minutes
  • 11Whittingham
  • 31BennettSubstituted forChapmanat 74'minutes
  • 10Graham
  • 23DackSubstituted forFeeneyat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Feeney
  • 8Chapman
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 15Ward
  • 16Caddis
  • 28Tomlinson
  • 29Evans
Referee:
Lee Swabey
Attendance:
9,257

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthendAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home15
Away7
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Southend United 2, Blackburn Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Southend United 2, Blackburn Rovers 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Southend United).

  4. Post update

    Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Theo Robinson (Southend United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  6. Post update

    Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Michael Kightly (Southend United).

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Southend United. Stephen McLaughlin replaces Jermaine McGlashan.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Southend United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jermaine McGlashan (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  11. Post update

    Hand ball by Dominic Samuel (Blackburn Rovers).

  12. Post update

    Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Theo Robinson (Southend United).

  14. Post update

    Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Corry Evans.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Dominic Samuel (Blackburn Rovers).

  17. Post update

    Jermaine McGlashan (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers).

  19. Post update

    Theo Robinson (Southend United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Southend United. Theo Robinson replaces Simon Cox.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Fleetwood11002023
2Oxford Utd11002023
3Portsmouth11002023
4Bradford11002113
5Peterborough11002113
6Southend11002113
7Bury11001013
8Charlton11001013
9Shrewsbury11001013
10Wigan11001013
11Wimbledon10101101
12Scunthorpe10101101
13Doncaster10100001
14Gillingham10100001
15Blackburn100112-10
16Blackpool100112-10
17Plymouth100112-10
18Bristol Rovers100101-10
19MK Dons100101-10
20Northampton100101-10
21Walsall100101-10
22Oldham100102-20
23Rochdale100102-20
24Rotherham100102-20
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