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Hurst: We were poor

6 October 2012

Goalscorer Kevan Hurst felt Southend United were poor in their 2-2 draw with Barnet on Saturday.

Hurst, 27, rescued a point for the Blues with his equaliser six minutes from time.

But despite that the ex-Walsall winger was disappointed with his sides’ performance.

“It is very frustrating as I talked after Burton about how well we did with ten men and today we were poor,” he told the official website.

“We didn’t seem to get going and we were fortunate to get anything out of the game if we are honest.

“We have got to be better.”

Hurst nearly gave Southend United a first half lead when he rattled Graham Stack’s crossbar in the 32nd minute.

Gavin Tomlin also struck the woodwork as the Blues enjoyed a frustrating opening 45 minutes in front of goal.

And Hurst believes the result could have been very different if one of those efforts had gone in.

“If one of those goes in then it is a different ball game,” Hurst admitted. “There is a lot of pressure on the lads to beat Barnet because of where they are in the league and rightly so.

“We play with pressure on our shoulders every game but more so when we are expected to win.

“They have done alright to be fair but I think maybe with an early goal we would have done something.

“Barnet have got some decent players but to be 2-0 down at home against the bottom of the league side was disappointing.

“We’ve clawed it back but I am really disappointed.”

Hurst eventually scored his first goal for Southend United in the 84th minute when a mis-hit effort somehow found its way past Stack in the Bees goal.

That goal earned Blues a point and it came as a relief for the Chesterfield born midfielder.

“I scuffed the goal and then the one in the first half hits the bar was a good strike,” he said. 

“But a goal is a goal and they all count and I am happy to get that monkey off my back.”

And Southend nearly snuck a win at the end of the match as Luke Prosser’s shot looked to have crossed the line before Hurst wasted a free-kick in a dangerous position.

“I thought the defender was deep in his goal so you think it might have been over the line but the linesman has a better angle than us so you take their word for it,” he said.

“I really fancied the free-kick to start with but maybe Freddy should have taken that one as he can strike from distance. 

“I am really disappointed about that and the manager has made his feelings known which is fair enough. 

“I need to work on my set pieces at training as they were poor in the second half.”

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