Midfielder devastated as Blues slip up at the Globe Arena.
Southend United midfielder Jack Payne admitted that the team are 'gutted' after the hugely disappointing defeat at Morecambe, which put an end to Blues' automatic promotion ambitions.
Payne equalised after Jack Redshaw gave the Shrimps an early lead, but two goals in the second half meant a third place finish was in doubt.
And with Bury winning at Tranmere Rovers, this meant the Shakers earned promotion, with a Wycombe Wanderers victory at Northampton Town resulting in Blues finishing the regular season in 5th place.
“It was in our hands and we're gutted. I thought when we got the goal it was going to be our day, but in the end it didn't work out that way.
“They had nothing to lose and they were going for it. I think the goals we conceded were quite soft.
“It just didn't go right for us today. We've got to take the positives because we're still the team in form going into the play-offs.”
And Payne wants Southend to make sure they lift their spirits before the clash against Stevenage in the first leg of the play-off semi-finals next Sunday, before taking on the Hertfordshire side four days later.
“We've got to make sure we do it right now. It doesn't matter who we play – it's about us now.
“It felt like a home game and our fans were much better than theirs. Fair play to our supporters for turning out in their numbers.”