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Cresswell disappointed with point

25 August 2012

Goalscorer Ryan Cresswell was left feeling disappointed despite his last gasp equaliser at Northampton Town on Saturday.

The 24-year-old grabbed a stoppage time strike to secure a 3-3 draw, and Southend United’s first point of the new season.

But after twice throwing away a lead, Cresswell rued Blues defensive lapses at the Sixfields Stadium.

“I think we deserved all three points but we have come away with a point and now we move on,” Cresswell told the official website.

“At one point it looked like we weren’t going to get anything from the game and again I think the lads put a great shift in.

“If we had come away with nothing then it would have been so unjust. We flooded the box and had attack after attack but they broke away and scored.

“The goals we let in are disappointing but we can work on that but it’s a relief to finally have something onboard.”

Manager Paul Sturrock threw Cresswell forward in the closing stages as Southend seeked a leveler against the Cobblers.

It was the second time this week that the Blues defender has been deployed in such a role following Tuesday’s 2-0 defeat at Oxford.

But having played as a forward in his youth football days it is not a completely alien position to the former Rotherham United player.

“We went ahead twice but then they came back and we thought ah,” he said.

“The gaffer said he was going to chuck me up top and I said get me up there. I wanted cause some havoc and thankfully I found the back of the net.

“I relish it. If the manager asked me to play right wing I would. I am not a makeshift solution as I know what I am doing up there and as I showed I can put the ball in the back of the net.

“We are up and running now and we just need to keep the wheels turning and get three points as soon as possible and march on up the league.”

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