SOUTHEND United head coach Kevin Maher was pleased with the three points but not all aspects of the performance at Altrincham.

The Shrimpers dug deep to secure a 2-1 win at Moss Lane.

But Maher felt Blues could have been better with the ball.

“I’m delighted with the win and the three points was massive for us,” said Maher.

“I thought our shape was very good without the ball but I wanted us to be better with it.

“We weren’t anywhere near good enough with the ball but it’s the detail we work on.

“We got two restart goals and the penalty save is something Reece (Ottley) has worked on with Arnie (Steve Arnold) as well so for the coaching staff it’s pleasing.”

The Shrimpers surged into a two goal lead with Rhys Murphy and Sam Dalby on target.

And Maher was pleased with how Blues battled to stay on top.

“It was a long 20 minutes at the end but give the players credit because when they’ve had to dig in and they’ve shown a lot of character,” said Maher.

“It was a great start but I thought we were sloppy on the ball. “Sometimes you can’t have everything but the win is the most important thing.”