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Hurst: The performance was unacceptable

9 March 2014

Kevan Hurst with his honest view on the 2-1 defeat to Morecambe at the Globe Arena

Kevan Hurst apologised to travelling supporters for Blues’ disappointing second-half performance against Morecambe.

The midfielder, who set up Ryan Leonard’s goal to give Southend United the lead, admitted the second 45 was simply not good enough.

And the 28-year-old apologised to the 209 travelling supporters who had made the long journey to support the team.

He said: “Each and every one of us that played in the game were not good enough, especially in the second-half.

“You’ve got to feel for the manager and the staff, they give us the right preparation and pick the players, it’s up to us to do the job on the pitch.

“The first goal was unacceptable and then the second goal came from a set piece of our own which isn’t good enough.

“Of course we all feel for the fans who made the journey. It wasn’t good enough all round, and that second-half wasn’t acceptable.

“We’ve all got to take a good look at ourselves individually and as a team and make sure we work hard to bounce back.”

After a good start, in which Blues had taken the lead through Leonard, Hurst admitted the goals had really knocked Blues.

But the midfielder added that they should be prepared to respond after conceding a goal.

He added: “We’ve got to stand up to conceding a goal and make sure we show the right response which we just didn’t do.

“We started the game well and got a good goal. We looked comfortable and like we’d go on to win the game.

“But we conceded a bad goal and dropped off, and then we got even worse after the second goal which just wasn’t acceptable.

“We’ve got to keep working hard and adopt a never say die attitude. Most importantly we’ve got to up the quality of our play.”

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