SOUTHEND United boss Kevin Maher was pleased with how Adam Crowther performed on his first start for the Shrimpers.

Crowther replaced the injured Harry Taylor on the right hand side of a back three against York City on Saturday.

And Maher was happy with how the defender played on his full debut.

“Crowths did ever so well and you can see what he brings,” said Maher.

“He’s comfortable on the ball and dominant in the air.

“He had a good couple of chances too.”

Crowther saw a powerful header saved by York goalkeeper George Sykes-Kenworthy before he opted against going for goal with just the City shot-stopper to beat.

And Maher thought it was the wrong decision.

“Just slide it under the keeper,” said Maher.

“We don’t advocate walking into the net.

“Put it in the net and be brave.

“He’s had a header as well that once he’s settled in he’ll score.”

Maher also opted to hand Danny Waldron his first start in attack.

And, when asked about the striker’s display, Maher said: “It was his first start and you can see that .

“His hamstrings were a bit tight so we made a change with Henry Sandat coming on.”