JASON Demetriou insists Southend United can still stay up - despite last night’s 1-1 draw at Morecambe.

The second from bottom Shrimpers sit five points from safety with six games to go.

But Demetriou, who skippered Blues against the Shrimps, is certain Mark Molesley’s side can work their way out of trouble.

“This was a good solid performance and it’s definitely not all over, I don’t care what people say,” said Demetriou.

“There’s enough games left still and we go again on Saturday against Crawley Town now.

“If we win and Colchester lose then it’s back in our hands.

“We have to keep going and it’s definitely not over, especially as we still have Colchester left to play.”

The Shrimpers have two more games before taking on the U's in an Essex derby at the Community Stadium.

And Demetriou is fully aware how important that match could prove to be.

"That game could be massive but we’re focusing on Saturday at the moment," said Demetriou.

"Hopefully it’s written in the stars and it comes down to the Colchester game which we can go and win.

"But the work-rate tonight is the bare minimum now and we can’t slip below that.

"If everyone is working like that things will fall for you.

"On Saturday we didn’t really turn up and that’s just not acceptable, we all know that."

However, Demetriou is determined for the remaining performances to all be positive to ensure relegation is avoided.

"We have to keep going and as much as it’s our careers it’s the livelihood of the club as well," said the 33-year-old.

"We know how important this club is and nobody wants to see it go down.

"It’s do or die now and we need to leave everything out on the pitch."