NATHAN Ferguson wants Southend United’s results to start showing the progress he feels is being made.

The third from bottom Shrimpers head to Altrincham tomorrow having been beaten five times in their last six games.

But, despite the poor results, Ferguson feels improvements are being made with Kevin Maher in charge.

“I do feel as though the performances have been improving and hopefully now we can get the results to show that,” said Ferguson.

“I think our performances have been more consistent and I think the team has a clearer identity now too.

“But we obviously need the results and it’s very important there’s a reaction on Saturday.”

Blues will make their first ever trip to Moss Lane sitting in the National League relegation zone having suffered three defeats in succession.

But Ferguson is keen to look forward and not dwell on the poor results.

“It’s tough and no-one enjoys losing games but you have to focus on the next game,” said the 25-year-old.

“You have to stay confident and keeping looking forward. We have to keep on believing in ourselves too.”

And, with that in mind, Ferguson will be focusing on just the Shrimpers’ performance on Saturday.

“I don’t know too much about them but we’ll focus on ourselves and making sure we perform well,” said Ferguson.

“First and foremost we need to keep a clean sheet and if we do that we can build from there.”

However, Blues have struggled going forward this term and have failed to score in four of their last six games.

But Ferguson featured in a more attacking midfield role against Grimsby Town last time out and is determined to help put that right.

“I like to get forward and want to get on the score-sheet," said Ferguson.

"I enjoyed playing that role but I'll play whenever I'm asked."

Ferguson has now played two of the last three games and he is enjoying being reunited with two familiar faces in Blues' backroom team.

"I know Benno (Mark Bentley) from six or seven years ago at Grays and I know Darren Currie as well," said Ferguson.

"I was a scholar at Dagenham when he was coaching there.

"They don’t stop encouraging everyone, especially me and it's good."

But it was a different story earlier on in the season when Ferguson found himself criticised by former Blues boss Phil Brown. 

"It was tough and challenging but you have to try and stay positive," he added.