Blues record 4-1 victory over Phil Brown's Shrimpers in behind-closed-door friendly at Playford Road
Town defeated Southend United 4-1 this afternoon, in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Playford Road.
Mick McCarthy fielded a different side in each-half, with a brace from Joe Garner and then second-half strikes from Freddie Sears and Conor McKendry sealing the victory.
The first real chance of note came in the 15th minute, with Dean Gerken making a fine low stop before Town took the lead midway through the first-half.
Garner picked up a loose ball before running at the Southend defence, twisting past his marker before finishing emphatically into the far corner.
The summer recruit from Rangers soon added to his tally to double Town's lead. Josh Emmanuel got to the byline and pulled back for Garner who finished with aplomb as his strike found the net off the underside of the bar.
Town almost made it 3-0 moments later as Ben Morris fed the overlapping Emmanuel who crossed to the back post, but left-back Myles Kenlock saw his header cleared off the line.
The Shrimpers halved the deficit five minutes before half-time with a pullback finding an unmarked attacker who placed the ball past Gerken and into the bottom corner.
A new XI took to the field after half-time but it took just two minutes before Town extended their lead. Sears nipped in to win the ball and set off towards goal unchallenged before coolly slotting past the 'keeper.
The striker was looking sharp and played a key role in Town's fourth, as he again won the ball back for the Blues and sprinted towards the goal before drawing the defending and squaring to winger McKendry, who fired home from close range to seal the victory.
Town's next friendly takes place on Tuesday, July 18th when the Blues take on Peterborough at the ABAX Stadium (London Road), with kick-off at 7pm.