SOUTHEND United manager Phil Brown felt the Shrimpers should have secured more than a point at Exeter City this afternoon.

Blues were held to a 0-0 draw at St James Park.

But Brown believes his side should have got back to winning ways with the chances that were created.

“We could’ve won the game comfortably and we should have won it comfortably if truth be known,” said Brown.

“We had our backs to the wall in the final 20 minutes but we should have been in front before then and we had two or three great opportunities.

“They weren’t half chances they were full on chances to score.”

Reeco Hackett-Fairchild hit the crossbar for the Shrimpers in the first half before Nathan Ferguson headed wide well when placed after the break.

But Brown believes progress is being made as Blues fight to stay up.

“I’m delighted with our application and the way young players seem to be taking on board what I’m saying,” said Brown.

“I thought our front four had pace, threat, guile, creativity and some nouse with Ricky Holmes too.

“The first 15 to 20 minutes of the second half was the best we’ve played since I’ve been here.

“The first half mentality was spot on and we’re getting closer.”

Blues remain second from bottom in the table, three points behind Colchester United who host Walsall later this afternoon.