SOUTHEND United manager Kevin Bond felt the Shrimpers played some ‘terrific’ football’ in tonight’s 2-0 defeat against Peterborough United.

Blues failed to register a single shot on target during their fourth successive defeat in League One.

But Bond was keen to remain upbeat.

“I understand everyone’s frustration but in isolation I thought we played well tonight,” said Bond.

“Honestly, without having that real cutting edge we haven’t got quite yet, I thought we played some terrific football.

“We were easily as good as Peterborough but I’m really disappointed to have lost the game.

“It’s compounding an already difficult position with our form at Roots Hall and the fact we are unable to keep a clean sheet.

“The longer we go the harder it becomes and we need to turn it around.”

However, Bond – whose side are 22nd in the League One standings – is confident things will eventually improve for Blues.

“Regardless of whatever happens in the immediate future with the group of players we’ve got I wouldn’t have a worry about Southend’s situation in the League and where they will be,” said Bond.

“I’m completely confident everything will be fine come the end of the season.”

And Bond was also keen to take positives from tonight’s clash. “We perhaps lacked the cutting edge Peterborough had up front tonight but, after the first quarter of an hour I felt we dominated,” said Bond.

“Brandon (Goodship) had two great opportunities and I would have put my house on him hitting the target. “ But a fourth successive defeat has hit Blues hard.

“The lads are feeling it,” said Bond.

“They’re suffering in there and my god it weighs heavily on me too.

“But we have to recognise the situation that we’re in.

“I’m not trying to trivialise things but it’s like the end of the world is nigh but the end of the world aint nigh.”

However, Blues have still not kept a clean sheet since January, something Bond is fully aware of.

“It’s weighing heavily on everyone,” said Bond.

“We are trying very hard to keep a clean sheet but we’re unable to do it.

“Am I going to play none up front and sit back and soak it up? I don’t know.”