Doncaster Rovers 3-1 Southend United
TROUBLED SOUTHEND UNITED saw their recent mini-revival brought to a swift conclusion by ruthless Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium.
The Blues are now cut fifteen points adrift of the Sky Bet League One safety zone after Rovers – who thrashed them 7-1 at Roots Hall back in October – eased to a 3-1 success thanks to a brace from Kieran Sadlier and one from Niall Ennis.
Blues did hit back when Harry Phillips – making his first start – saw his powerful deflected effort from distance reduce the arrears. However, the defeat was Southend’s eighteenth of a simply woeful campaign in which they have now conceded more than seventy goals.
Southend United return to Sky Bet League One action on Saturday, February 1 when Lincoln City are the visitors to Roots Hall Stadium (3pm).
Doncaster Rovers: Dieng, Halliday, James, Anderson, Sheaf, Sadlier, Whiteman, Taylor (Blair 65’), Coppinger, Ennis (Cole 78’), John Subs not used: Jones, Wright, Gomes, Amos, Watters
Southend United: Oxley, Bwomono, Milligan, Humphrys (Barratt 38’), McLaughlin, Kiernan, Mantom (Hitchinson 65’), Kelman, Demetriou (Goodship 83’), Phillips, White Subs not used: Taylor, Rush, Kinali, Clifford
Referee: Darren Drysdale
Assistants: Oliver Bickle and Barry Gordon
Fourth Official: Geoffrey Liddle