LOUIS Walsh feels it is down to Southend United’s players to turn around the poor run of results.

Friday’s 1-0 defeat at Grimsby Town made it five defeats in six games for the struggling Shrimpers.

But Walsh – who was recalled to the starting line-up against the Mariners – believes the squad must start to look at themselves.

“The boys are disappointed and we know the results in the last few weeks haven’t been good enough,” said Walsh.

“It’s not down to managers, it’s down to us as a group and a team to try and figure out what the problem is and turn it around.”

Walsh’s display was a rare bright spot for Blues at Blundell Park.

But the winger was frustrated he could not stop the Shrimpers suffering another setback against their high-flying hosts.

“These boys are towards the top of the table and we’re towards the bottom, that’s the reality of it but I felt like it was close,” said Walsh.

“It kills us when we concede so early but we didn’t go under and we’re all playing for a spot.

“We had 85 minutes to play and we were still in the game.

“All it takes is one chance and I backed myself to deliver that chance but it just wasn’t meant to be.”

Blues remain just one point and place above the drop zone.

But Walsh is now setting his sights on securing a run of matches in the team.

“I’m pleased to play but it’s about playing again in the next game now then the one after that,” said the winger.

“I need to be playing regularly.”

And Walsh is therefore desperate to start Tuesday’s clash with Maidenhead, who sit just above the Shrimpers in the table.

“It’s a big game on Tuesday and we’ll need the fans,” said Walsh.

“They’ve been great with us all year and we know it’s not been good enough.

“We really appreciate their support so much and we’ll be going out there on Tuesday night looking to win the game.”

The Shrimpers will head into the clash on the back of three successive defeats.

But Walsh feels the results are now showing the good work being done behind the scenes since Kevin Maher’s appointment.

“He’s been great but as players it’s important to adapt because different managers want different styles,” said Walsh.

“The results haven’t reflected the work the coaches have put in on the training ground and it’s down to us to turn it around.”

Blues are now fighting to avoid a third successive relegation while Walsh is also battling to carve out a career for himself.

“The last time we spoke was after the Chertsey game but I didn’t play after that again which was disappointing,” said the 21-year-old.

“When you score and feel like you should be involved it’s tough but that’s football and you have to get on it with.

“It happens to some of the very best players in the world and it’s part of the game but I want to find the consistency to stay in the team now.”