RHYS Murphy has told his Southend United team-mates not to blow their back to back defeats out of proportion.

The Shrimpers head to Torquay United this weekend having suffered two depressing defeats in succession.

But Murphy insists Blues can not afford to let that disappointment linger.

“I wouldn’t have thought there will be too many teams in the league who don’t go and lose two games this season so we don’t need to blow it out of proportion,” said Murphy.

“We’re gutted we lost the games but it happens.

“There are still positives from the start of the season and we must focus on them.

“Of course we would like to have more points on board but we are where we are so let’s look forward and push on.”

Murphy is also keen to help that happen and goes into the game in good form having scored in his last three outings.

However, the 30-year-old striker wants his goals to start meaning more for the Shrimpers.

“If you’re scoring goals but not winning it’s pointless really,” said the summer signing.

“It’s nice to have the ball hit the back of the net and to celebrate with the fans but you want to be winning games.

“But the aim is get a positive result on Saturday and hopefully I can be a part of that by scoring goals.”

Murphy hit the back of the net last time out in Blues’ 3-2 defeat to Aldershot Town at Roots Hall.

But the goal came in bizarre fashion as he blocked an attempted goal kick from Mitch Walker before firing home.

“At first I wasn’t sure if the ref was going to blow the whistle,” said Murphy.

“Thankfully he didn’t and I’m happy to take 20 more of them!

“I don’t care how they go in to be honest.”

And Murphy felt the Aldershot goalkeeper could have done more to stop the situation happening.

“It’s a big pitch and there’s plenty of room,” said Murphy.

“He could’ve gone anywhere with it.

“I had my back turned at the time so I wasn’t aware what was going on.

“I just felt a smack on my backside but I don’t think I did anything wrong and the referee didn’t either.”

But the goal was not Murphy’s only highlight from the game as he was also given the captain’s armband by Blues boss Phil Brown.

“It was a surprise but it was an honour and privilege,” said Murphy.

“The manager told me before the game but it’s not really about who is captain.

“We have a lot of leaders and it’s about getting 11 men on the pitch to get a good result.”

Blues will now be aiming to achieve that at Torquay this weekend.

And the match will also see Murphy facing one of his former teams.

“I had a spell there on loan a few years ago,” said Murphy who scored once in eight games with the Gulls during the 2017/18 season.

“It will be nice to go back and hopefully put one over on them.”