SOUTHEND United defender Harry Lennon had to come off with a head injury during the Shrimpers' 2-1 win at Stevenage tonight.

The centre-back was struck by a free-kick from Sam Mantom before having to be substituted in the 26th minute of the match.

And Blues boss Kevin Bond felt there was no way Lennon could continue. "He stopped the free-kick going in and it smacked him on the head, "said Bond.

"For 10 minutes after that he was all over the shop.

" It was causing us problems and it culminated in them scoring.

"He had to come off and it seemed to be the way things were going for us "He’s shaken up and he didn’t know where he was but we stuck at it and were worthy winners in the end."

However, Lennon was not the only player to pick up an injury as Stephen McLaughlin and Mark Milligan also picked up knocks.

"Macca has a sore ankle and Milly has a whack on the head," said Bond.

" He had a throbbing headache for the last 40 minutes."