BILEL Mohsni was left disappointed by his own display and the result as Southend United were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Aldershot Town on Saturday.

The Frenchman made an unexpected return to the starting line-up to take on the Shots at Roots Hall after almost two months out with an ankle injury.

But he was a frustrated figure at the final whistle, after also suffering a broken nose during the game “I thought I played very poorly and we really needed all three points,” said Mohsni, 23.

“I did slightly better in the second half but my performance wasn't good and I'm disappointed.

“I broke my nose as well when their striker elbowed me but it's not a problem to play with.

“It didn't really cause me too much pain and I just hope the gaffer gives me more opportunities to play so I can do better.”

Mohsni was originally expected to miss out against Aldershot after only returning to training on Thursday.

And even he was surprised to be selected at the heart of the defence.

“I didn't expect to play and thought that maybe I might be on the bench or not involved at all,” said Mohsni.

“I didn't find out until Friday that I was in the team and I'm pleased the manager gave me a chance, but I don't think I took it because I wasn't at my best.”

The draw leaves Southend 14th in the League Two table, nine points below the play-offs.

But Mohsni is now desperate to play at Accrington Stanley tomorrow night and get Blues back to winning ways.

“Hopefully the manager will stick by me and I can do better to help the team win,” said the defender.

“The more I play the better I should be because my fitness will be better and we now want to go on and pick up as many points as we can.”

>Mohsni was not the only player to pick up a facial injury during the draw with Aldershot as striker Harry Crawford was forced off in the 38th minute after suffering a nasty cut just above his nose which required seven stitches.