SOUTHEND United boss Kevin Bond feels the Shrimpers are still struggling from the woes of last season.

Blues - who head to Wycombe Wanderers tomorrow - narrowly avoided relegation last term.

And Bond believes it will take time to turn things around.

“We were a club that was on the floor I felt and I think the lads did too when I came in towards the back end of last season,” said Bond, who came in for the final six games of the previous campaign.

“We are still suffering with that now with the form, the clean sheets and all we know about.

“We’re introducing new players and a better style of football which enables us to keep the ball better because we certainly weren’t able to do that last season.”

And, despite Blues suffering four successive defeats in the League, Bond has seen signs of promise.

“At times we’ve kept the ball really well and it’s been nothing like the Southend I came into last year,” said the 62-year-old.

“It does take time but I completely understand you have to get results to get that time and nobody knows that better than I do.

“We are still finding out about each other.

“We’re introducing new players and we’re still finding out what works best for us.

“We’re trying to bring in a style of play which is pleasing on the eye but also effective.”