SOUTHEND United manager Kevin Bond was left ruing his side’s defensive woes following today’s 3-1 defeat to Blackpool at Roots Hall.

The Shrimpers found themselves 3-0 down inside the opening 37 minutes.

And Bond believes Blues will not start to pick up points until they improve at the back.

“My feeling is that you’re never going to win a game if you concede goals on a regular basis,” said Bond.

“The facts are, I’ve seen, we haven’t kept a clean sheet since January and I’ve been told we lost 13 games at home last year too.

“Until we address that we can’t be the team we want to be.

“The goals we concede will kill us and they killed us today.

“They were our mistakes for all of the goals.

“It wasn’t what they created it was what we offered up.”

And Bond did not stop there with his criticism.

“Ox (Mark Oxley) should do better for the first goal,” said Bond.

“We didn’t pick up for the third goal and a lack of communication between Harry Lennon and (Liam) Ridgewell gave them the corner.

“It shouldn’t have happened.”

But Bond did not feel switching to a back five made a difference.

“It’s not down to systems,” said the 62-year-old.

“How could you put that first goal we conceded down to a system.”