Boss Phil Brown has challenged his Southend players to return to last year’s defensive standards after their 2-1 win at Mansfield Town.
Southend ended a run of five games without a win thanks to goals from Ryan Leonard and David Worrall.
The visitors bossed the vast majority of the game and could have been out of sight at break but for two excellent saves from Sascha Studer to deny Barry Corr.
But the United boss was left frustrated by his side’s failure to keep a clean sheet after Ollie Palmer pulled a goal back late on to set up a tense finish.
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Said Brown: “We need to get back to doing what we did last year. We had 21/22 clean sheets last season.
“It is not about individuals it is about defending as a team. It would have been nice to get a clean sheet today.
“Clean sheets are important and give us the foundation to push on.
“We looked comfortable in the first half
“I thought the first half was the best we have played this season. We got our goal from a well worked set piece and we need to be scoring more goals now from set-pieces.
“Barry Corr could have had a hat-trick.
“We knew how Mansfield would play and that they would ask questions of us. We answered those questions well for 75 more minutes or so, but then put pressure on ourselves by letting them back in the game.
“It set up an exciting finish from a Mansfield point of view, but the game should have been out of sight before then.
“October has been a terrible month for us for many reasons, not just results but because of the luck we have had.”
The victory moves Southend up in to seventh place.