Morecambe sealed a third successive win with victory at Southend – but boss Jim Bentley says he wants more from his side.
The Shrimps maintained their excellent run of form over the Shrimpers with a fourth win in a row over the Essex club which took them to seventh in the League 2 table.
But despite a number of positives Bentley believes his team has more to offer.
He said: “Southend’s home form was good and we knew it was going to be a tough game.
“We prepared well during the week but we were well off the pace in the first half and we were fortunate to be level at half-time if I’m being honest.
“I was really disappointed with the first 45 minutes and we have to make sure we start games better.
“I thought Southend were the better team and I had to have harsh words at half-time which is something we haven’t really done this season but I felt it was deserved and had it not been for a bit of class from Andy Fleming we would have been behind.
“The second half was much better and from minute one I thought we were great.
“We got the early goal which was key and from there we were massively on top and fully deserved our third goal. “If it hadn’t have been for the sending off I am sure we wouldn’t have had any problems but when we went down to 10 men we had to show a lot of grit and determination and Barry Roche made two great saves when called upon.
“There were plenty of positives with Andy Fleming excellent and a deserved first goal for Jack Sampson who will grow in confidence after a superb strike.”