SOUTHEND United boss Sol Campbell felt his young Shrimpers side gave it their best shot against high-flying Coventry City.

Blues were beaten 2-0 by Mark Robins’ side as they slumped to their third defeat in succession.

But Campbell felt his team could not have given anymore.

“We had a really good go at it, we started off really well and got into some good positions,” said Campbell.

“Yes, they hit the bar a couple of times but we had some really key moments and good chances.

“But it was just a lack of awareness and experience in the final third and in the box.

“We wanted to make it perfect when we should just take a shot.

“We should be troubling their keeper but we didn’t. “

Blues, who fielded five academy products in their starting line-up, kept Coventry out until the hour mark.

But Campbell thought the visitors’ quality eventually made a difference.

“In the end Coventry’s extra quality shone through,” said the former England international.

“We have so many guys who are under 20 but they’re playing their socks off and working really hard.

“I’m pleased for them and they stood up for the majority of the game.”

Blues have now been beaten three times in succession and remain second from bottom in the League One standings, 14 points from safety.

And Campbell knows it is tough for his team.

“Having so many injuries, players leaving and none coming in means it’s going to draw more energy on the players that are here,” said Campbell.

“The games are coming thick and fast and not everyone can recover.

“It takes its toll but we have to dust ourselves off and go again.”