SOUTHEND United manager Mark Molesley hailed his side’s determination after a vital 1-0 victory against relegation rivals Barrow at Roots Hall.

On loan Portsmouth forward Reeco Hackett-Fairchild bagged the only goal of the game after just three minutes.

But the Shrimpers played out the final 38 minutes with 10 men after experienced defender Greg Halford was shown a second yellow card.

And Molesley was pleased with how Southend reacted to the red card.

“I’m delighted with the win and I’m delighted with the fashion of the win too,” said Molesley.

“That defensive mentality, the work-rate and determination the boys showed was second to none.

“I thought the defensive organisation was superb after the sending off.

“We limited them to very few chances despite large spells of possession and that showed how disciplined we were in our jobs.”