SOUTHEND United boss Kevin Bond was left ruing his side’s poor defending following Saturday’s 4-0 defeat at Lincoln City.

The Shrimpers have still not kept a clean sheet since January.

And Bond feels giving cheap goals away is a huge problem for Blues.

“We’re bitterly disappointed,” said Bond.

“The goals have killed us.

“We were bright enough but we weren’t patient enough with the ball.

“We didn’t hold the ball up and the ball didn’t stick with the front men as much as I would’ve liked.

“The club has gone a long time without a conceding a goal and until we stop conceding goals you can’t win a match. “

And Bond was also frustrated by the manner of the goals given away.

“Everyone is on the floor,” said the former Bournemouth boss.

“They scored three goals from set plays and we’re killing ourselves.

“We need to have the mentality where we don’t concede goals cheaply.

“It’s all about bouncing back on Tuesday now.

“We need a reaction.”

Blues, who have been beaten in their first three League games of the season, host Peterborough United at Roots Hall on Tuesday night.