SOUTHEND United boss Kevin Maher hailed his 'unbelievable' players following a 4-2 win against Boreham Wood at Roots Hall.

A brace from Jack Bridge and goals from Gus Scott-Morriss and James Morton saw the 10th placed Shrimpers secure all three points.

And Maher remains in awe of his team's achievements.

"Without the points deduction we'd be on 69 points which is the total we got last year and it's unbelievable," said Maher.

"We're 13 unbeaten and we'd be fifth or sixth in the table now.

"We've won that amount of games so let's not take anything away from the players and what they've done."

Blues added to their tally with a deserved win against third from bottom Boreham Wood.

And Maher was delighted with the fast start which saw his side go 3-0 up inside the opening 23 minutes.

"Off the back of a tough run of games and some travelling to come and start the game like we did and assert ourselves with three goals was really pleasing," said Maher.

"They are down there but they’re such a tough team to play against so it's a good win.

"Luke (Garrard) has done an unbelievable job with them over the years.

"Where they are now is disappointing for them but that’s nothing on Luke.

"They’re always in the game and always cause you problems.

"You have to give them credit for keep on going and fighting but we dug in when we needed to."

However, there were aspects of the performance Maher was not happy with.

"We conceded early in the second half and it was sloppy from our point of view," said the Blues boss.

"It gives them encouragement but then we get the penalty and you think right lets put this to bed.

"A couple of basic errors gave them another goal back but we've got the win and if you had offered me that before the game we'd have taken it."