SOUTHEND United manager Phil Brown insists the Shrimpers are ‘still bleeding’ after their wretched run continued with a 1-0 defeat at Torquay this afternoon.

Blues have now suffered three setbacks in succession after conceding late on at Plainmoor.

And Brown knows his team are still fighting to turn things around after two successive relegations.

“We’ve got to stop this haemorrhaging,” said the Blues boss.

“We’ve said that all along but we’re bleeding still and that’s collective.

“It starts from within and you’ve got to go out there with the belief you’re a good player and we’re a good team.”

However, the Shrimpers are now 19th in the National League standings after a last gasp winner from Connor Lemonheigh-Evans.

“Minutes before the goal we put a ball into the six yard box I’m dying to get on the end of,” said Brown.

“Jimmy Dunne put a ball on the money and we haven’t got anywhere near it.

“It’s a telltale sign of a certain lack of confidence with regards to everything that we’re doing at the moment.

“People are doing certain things and somebody else is doing something different.

“That’s what happens when you get a team who has been relegated and trying to find their feet in a division that is absolutely brutal.”