Midfielder Michael Timlin was delighted to return to action today, despite being very disappointed with he result.
Timlin was a surprise inclusion in manager Paul Sturrock’s starting line-up as Southend kicked-off 2012/13 with a 1-0 defeat at home to Accrington Stanley.
The former Swindon Town midfielder has been out of action since the end of last season with a shoulder injury.
And having not featured in any of United’s pre-season warm-up matches he partnered Kane Ferdinand in the centre of the park.
“I was delighted to be playing today,” Timlin told the official website at full-time.
“The physio wanted me to train another week or so but I said to the gaffer that I felt good to go in.
“Friday was only my second day training so today was a hard one to come into with the temperatures.
“But I managed to get through the 90 minutes and I haven’t suffered any reactions so far.
“I am just extremely disappointed about the result because I think we deserved a point at least.”
Karl Sheppard’s 61st minute goal handed Accrington Stanley their first away win under boss Paul Cook.
That came against the run of play as Southend enjoyed large spells of possession.
And the loss left Timlin visibly distraught after the match.
“We had more chances than them but that is football and you only need one chance and one goal,” he said.
“We didn’t do the right things in the second half. Until we went 1-0 down we didn’t start to play and we should be doing that before going behind.
“This year we have to put a huge demand on ourselves because last season we sneaked in the backdoor when no one expected us to be there.
“This season we are expected to be up there and some have written us off already so we have to come to the table and prove ourselves.”
And with United now facing two away matches, at Oxford and Northampton, in quick succession, Timlin is confident of being involved.
“I have maintained a good fitness and I feel fine after the game,” he admitted. “I am going to make sure I recover in the right way for Tuesday.”