SOUTHEND United manager Kevin Bond is pleading for patience ahead of Tuesday night's clash with Peterborough United at Roots Hall.

The Shrimpers have been beaten in their first three games of the League One season.

But Bond is certain Blues will get things right in time.

“We’re confident but I understand that those all around us might not be,” said Bond.

“It’s frustrating and I understand because I know it works but we are trying to change.

“With no disrespect to what’s happened before we’re trying to change the culture here and it takes time.

“We’re trying to change the mentality, the playing style and the personnel so it’s not going to happen overnight.

“I’d like it to and so would the supporters but it’s not going to be like that.”

The Shrimpers were beaten 4-0 by newly-promoted Lincoln City on Saturday to leave Bond’s side still looking for their first point of the season.

But Bond feels Blues will soon start to work their way up the table.

“I didn’t want to lose the games we’ve lost but it is what it is and come the end of the season we will be absolutely fine,” said the 62-year-old.

“The game is here and now and I understand everyone’s frustrations but we’re still very much a team who are evolving and finding out what’s going to work out best as players like Ethan (Hamilton) have only been here two or three days.

“I can’t let anything else from the outside distract me or the players.

“We just have to focus on coming to work, be demanding of ourselves and each other and having a smile on our faces when we do it.”

Peterborough have also made a slow start to the season, taking one point from three games.