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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

  • 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

  • 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

Match ends, Southend United 2, Blackburn Rovers 1.

Full Time

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

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

Substitution, Southend United. Theo Robinson replaces Simon Cox.

Foul by Ryan Nyambe (Blackburn Rovers).

Simon Cox (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Harry Chapman replaces Elliott Bennett.

Attempt saved. Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Southend United) header from very close range is saved in the top left corner.

Booking

Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers).

Jason Demetriou (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Charlie Mulgrew.

Booking

Ryan Nyambe (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ryan Nyambe (Blackburn Rovers).

Michael Kightly (Southend United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Corry Evans replaces Richard Smallwood.

Attempt missed. Jason Demetriou (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Darragh Lenihan.

Attempt missed. Liam Feeney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

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

Foul by Simon Cox (Southend United).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Liam Feeney replaces Bradley Dack.

Foul by Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers).

goal

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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