SOUTHEND United manager Sol Campbell was left hurt and perplexed following his side’s FA Cup humiliation at Dover Athletic.

The Kent club sealed a deserved 1-0 win at the Crabble Stadium with substitute Ruel Sotiriou scoring the only goal of the game.

And Campbell felt the Shrimpers looked ‘scared’ as their winless streak extended to 10 games.

“We had the opportunities and the play but then we got scared,” said Campbell.

“It’s difficult when you’ve had this for 18 months but I have to try and somehow turn this around because it hurts me.

“We do things in training but we don’t transfer it into games.

“I know it can happen because I’ve seen them do it, so I don’t know if it’s confidence or what.

“But we have to talk and work it out.”

Dover, who are 12th in the National League, looked the more threatening of the two teams.

And Campbell was frustrated not to see more from Blues.

“We weren’t at the races in some positions for sure,” said the former England international.

“It was down to us to impose ourselves but we didn’t play.

“We had the time, space and angles but we didn’t see the easy passes and we didn’t do the basics right.”

However, Campbell still felt the Shrimpers had the opportunities to win the game.

“We created the chances but we have to start connecting,” said the 45-year-old.

“It’s as though we don’t want to score and I just don’t understand it.”

But Campbell remains determined to turn things around.

“We have to keep on going but it’s not easy,” said Campbell.

“It’s not a pleasant place to be in and I understand that.

“When you lose like this you learn a lot about everything but this is a big job and I’m under no illusions about that.

“We have to grind through this but it baffles me how we are missing so many chances.”