MICHAEL Turner feels Southend United’s players are letting down Shrimpers boss Phil Brown.

Blues’ poor run of results continued with a 3-1 defeat at lowly Northampton Town on Saturday.

And Turner insists the team should be doing more for the under-fire manager.

“The results of late haven’t been good enough but we’re the ones who go out there and we should be doing more for the manager,” said the experienced centre-back.

“He’s put good faith in us and I think we’re letting him down.”

Saturday’s setback was the Shrimpers’ seventh in eight games.

And Turner was gutted to leave the Sixfields Stadium empty handed.

“We’re all devastated to lose and there’s disappointment throughout the team,” said the 34-year-old.

“It was a game we came here to win and after coming back from going behind in the first half we thought we could really go at them in the second half and get the three points. “But we gave away a poor goal and that seems to be the story recently. We’re giving away poor goals at times in games where we’re trying to get a foothold on things.”

That allowed the Cobblers to secure a rare victory of their own and Turner felt Matt Grimes’ penalty at the start of the second half was key in Town’s triumph.

“Goals change games and their second one put us on the back-foot and them on the front-foot just after half-time,” said Turner.

“When we go down we find it hard to pick ourselves up and get back into games and it’s a huge disappointment, We’re going away with nothing and we know that’s not good enough for us.”

The defeat kept the Shrimpers 17th in the League One standings, just four points above the relegation zone.

And the setback also meant Turner took little satisfaction in captaining Southend for the first time.

“Of course it was an honour to be given the armband for the day but it was a bad result and that overshadows everything else,” said Turner.

“But we have another game on Saturday against Fleetwood now and we have to focus on that.”

Fleetwood drew 0-0 with Premier League side Leicester City in the FA Cup at the weekend. But Turner is only focusing on helping Blues get back on track.

“You go through these spells in football when you aren’t winning games and it’s about the characters you have in the changing room and working hard on the pitch to put things right,” he added.