Sturrock hails Southend resolve

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Paul Sturrock felt like a man who had won a match rather than getting a draw after seeing his Southend team hold Crawley Town to a 0-0 stalemate.

Cameron Belford saved Billy Clarke's penalty on the hour mark after Blues skipper Chris Barker was sent off for handling the Town striker's effort on the goal-line. Things got worse for the hosts when substitute striker Liam Dickinson was carried off on a stretcher following a 50-50 challenge with Warren Cummings.

"It was a fantastic result for us and it feels more like a win than a draw," said a delighted Sturrock.

"The wind was a factor in the first half and then it dropped in the second half so we did not get the benefit of it.

"But then we got the penalty saved and held out against the odds to get the draw.

"Crawley had chances to win the game but in the end we have come through a torrid two weeks. The team-work was there for everyone to see tonight and it was a performance that tells it's own story."

Crawley manager Steve Evans has high hopes for his team after what he saw as a strong performance.

"I'm looking forward to the next 14 games and if we can keep the same energy that we showed tonight then we will get promoted," Evans said.

"We go away disappointed that we did not get the win but we desperately have to add some goalscorers to the team, but if we continue to play like that then they will go in for us.

"If we continue to play with that skill and quality then we will be alright and will be in the shake-up come the end of the season."

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