SOUTHEND United manager Mark Molesley was ‘gutted’ to pick up just a point against Morecambe.

Cole Stockton’s second half equaliser meant the Shrimpers had to settle for a 1-1 draw at the Globe Arena.

But Molesley – whose side are now five points from safety – insisted Blues did all they could to get the win.

“Time will tell if a point is good enough here but we did everything we could to get the win,” said Molesley.

“It was important to get something from the game and the boys gave everything against a very good Morecambe side.

“We’re disappointed but we rallied as we all know we need wins at the moment.

“Away on a Tuesday night against a team like Morecambe normally a point is good but in our position we’re gutted.”

The second from bottom Shrimpers opened the scoring with a header from Timothee Dieng in the first half.

And Molesley was impressed by how Morecambe hit back after the break.

“We blocked them out for large spells but I’ve got to give credit to their striker Stockton,” said the 40-year-old.

“It was a great finish from him and I think he’s one of the best ones we’ve played against.”

Blues now have just six games left to work their way out of trouble.

But Molesley will not be looking beyond Saturday’s match with Crawley Town at Roots Hall.

“We do have Colchester and Barrow left to play but all we’re thinking about is Crawley,” said Molesley.

“We’ll look to win that then we will see where that takes us.”