Port Vale goalkeeper Chris Neal was the difference between a draw and victory for Southend United according to striker Gavin Tomlin.
The Valiants stopper pulled off a string of fine saves to keep the Blues at bay on Saturday afternoon.
And Tomlin, who hit the Vale custodians’ post on two occasions, highlighted Neal’s performance after the match.
“The keeper has made four of five really good saves and on another day we win three or four nil,” Tomlin told the official website.
“It is the same old story. I hit the post twice and the keeper has pulled off some great saves as well.
“The one that hit the far post and the volley I thought were both going in but the keeper managed to get to it. He’s had a good game.”
Despite Tomlin’s misfortune in front of goal the 28-year-old was pleased with his teams display.
Southend created several chances in front of goal against League Two’s second placed side.
And after a good display against Micky Adams outfit Tomlin hopes his teammates can continue that into next week.
“We played quite well today, a bit open at times, but we made a lot of chances and I am quite pleased with that,” he said.
“We seem to play better against the better sides. Mentally we have to prepare ourselves for the teams lower down in the division.
“No doubt it will be a good performance down in Torquay but this time we want to pick up the three points.”