Southend United 1-2 Coventry City
City: Lee Burge, Dujon Sterling, Jordan Willis, Tom Davies, Junior Brown, Michael Doyle (C), Tom Bayliss, Luke Thomas, Jordy Hiwula (Jordan Shipley 75), Jonson Clarke-Harris (Amadou Bakayoko 89), Conor Chaplin (Jodi Jones 84), Subs: Liam O'Brien, Dom Hyam, Liam Kelly, Abu Ogogo,
Southend: Oxley, Bwomona, Moore, Turner, Coker, (Bunn 46), Hendre, Manton (Demetriou 77), Dieng, Yearwood, Cox, Robinson (Hopper 62),. Subs: Bishop, Lennon, McLaughlin, McCoulsky.
Goals Jordy Hiwula 19, Tom Hopper 67, Jodi Jones 91
Sent off Simon Cox
Coventry City left it late to win at Southend United.
A gorgeous mid October day and the Sky Blues were off to Southend for a League One fixture having won their last two games.
Mark Robins kept the same team that had beaten Wycombe Wanderers and sent his team out in the white away kit with sky blue socks to attack the far end for the first half.
Backed by a noisy City support of around a thousand, City watched a Dieng shot go wide and then went up the other end and won a corner. That was headed towards the goal by Tom Davies.
Plenty of City players thought it was in as did the City support at the other vend of this ramshackle of a stadium but after consulting his assistant, all Dean Whitestone did was prouce a yellow card and give City a throw in.
However, in the 19th minute, the City support did have a goal to cheer when Doyle , started a move which saw the ball come over on the left from Clarke-Harris and Jordy Hiwula hooking home, sparking scenes in the away end.
Southend had been reduced to long rang efforts by a capable City defence and had Coker booked as good work from the City players continued to thwart their efforts.
"Twist N Shout" chants rang out from the City support who were giving the team some great backing and just under a thousand strong in numbers - an excellent turn out considering this is not a new ground.
Oxley may have taken some good natured stick from the City support but in the 51st minute, he pulled off a fantastic save to deny Luke Thomas, whom Mark Robins has indicated that he would like for the rest of the season.
Tom Davies got a booking as the singing from the City support continued and the Sky Blues continued to battle on the pitch.
Luke Thomas was a handful all afternoon but in the 67th minute, City lost the ball and Tom Hopper who had only been on the pitch for five minutes, got through and fired low into the net to level things.
City might have had a penalty before Chaplin fired at Oakley with 20 minutes left.
"Go For It City" chants rang out to try and lift the team which was changed in the 75th minute when Jordan Shipley came on for Jordy Hiwula.
Then, Simon Cox got himself sent off for a second bookable and leaving his side with ten men for the last ten plus minutes.
Sterling got in a peach of a cross which Shipley met with his head and sent onto the crossbar and out for a corner due to Oakley getting a touch which was cleared.
Jodi Jones came on in the 84th minute for Chaplin and helped in a move which won a corner.
Bakayoko came on in the 89th minute before the game moved into stoppage time.
City attacked through Jones who hit a shot and it trickled past the keeper and into the net. The City support went ballistic with some on the pitch as City took the win.