EXETER City manager Matt Taylor felt his side’s goalless draw with Southend United was lacking in quality.

The Grecians remain eighth in the League Two table, just a point outside the play-off places.

But Taylor was not impressed by the level of this afternoon’s stalemate.

“I am pleased with the effort and endeavour, but the game lacked quality and I can’t describe it in any other way,” he said.

“We just didn’t have it in us to really use the ball, or get the ball or tidy the ball, but that’s not for the want of trying.

“The energy levels are so low, but towards the end, we created some great chances to win that game of football.

“Their goalkeeper made a great save and Jokull (Andresson) made saves, so credit to both goalkeepers in relation to that.

And Taylor thought Exeter could have snatched all three points in the closing stages.

“Towards the end, we have a certain system and structure to go to and we created chances,” said Taylor.

“You could see they were out on their feet and that is because of the effort they put into the first hour of that game.

“It was a very even encounter and could have gone either way, but you just want to hit the target with those chances, or one of those to go in the back of the net.

“My only criticism of the group was that those chances that fell in and around the penalty box, we didn’t react with that killer instinct, which you need to win a game of football.”