Sturrock slams 'gutless' Southend

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Southend boss Paul Sturrock insists he is rapidly running out of patience with his side and is on the lookout for replacements after they relinquished top spot in League Two with a 2-0 defeat at Aldershot.

The Shots, 14 places below Southend before kick-off, took the lead through Adam Mekki before Josh Payne sealed the points from the spot after he was hauled down by Shrimpers goalkeeper Glenn Morris, with Southend dropping from first to third following the defeat.

"Gutless is the word I would use,'' fumed Sturrock.

"This team needs a freshness as far as personnel is concerned. We can't seem to push ourselves to get ourselves in the right manner.

"This was just like the Rotherham debacle. At the end of the day I cannot tolerate this any longer. If we've got ambitions of winning leagues, first and foremost we've got to turn out performances and results.

"Every game is a cup final now but we've let ourselves down. I judge my performance as a manager on selection and getting the selection right."

Despite the win, Aldershot's play-off hopes remain slim with the difference between themselves and seventh-placed Oxford 10 points, but all boss Dean Holdsworth wants is more of the same.

He said: "Southend were top of the league and we matched them - credit to the lads. I'm delighted with the performance and really proud of them.

"It showed massive desire to perform so well against the best team in the league. Respect to Southend and respect to our players for giving everything they had.

"The team is really growing in confidence and there's a team spirit among us. They have done the club proud."

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