Phil Brown wants his players to play without pressure in the final two games of the season following a 2-1 defeat at home to MK Dons.
Goals from Joe Walsh and Ben Reeves were enough for Robbie Neilson’s side with Simon Cox grabbing a consolation goal in injury time.
Brown felt it was a “nearly performance” from his side with the Blues hitting the post twice and having just two shots on target out of 22 in total.
“It was a nearly performance today. I’ve looked at the statistics and we’ve had 22 shots today and we’ve only worked the goalkeeper twice in 22.
“I can’t argue about my strike force because we’re third top goalscorers in the division. Today it was misfiring, which was highlighted by two good attempts hitting the post. The width of the post makes a difference today.”
With two games remaining and the Blues one point off the play-off places after both they and Millwall lost, Brown just wants his side now to play without pressure.
Two wins from their final two would leave Southend on 75 points which Brown feels would be enough to see his side reach the play-offs.
Now the Blues gaffer just has to get his players to believe that as well ahead of the trip to Shrewsbury on Saturday.
“When you’ve got end of season games the last thing you want is anxiety, the last thing you want is to be looking over your shoulder, the last thing you want is a bit of pressure. But it can’t be any other way, that’s just the way it is.
“If it’s anxiety then it’s my issue, my problem. I still say two wins will do it, I still believe that 75 points in the last 20 years has been enough to get in and I still believe that.
“My job now to is to make sure the players believe it before the game on Saturday against Shrewsbury and before the game on Sunday against Bury.
“They’ve got to go into the game knowing full well that the league table suggests we’re a better team than Shrewsbury but we’ve got to show it.”