No complaints from Sturrock
Paul Sturrock admitted his Southend side deserved to lose the first leg of their npower League Two play-off semi-final after seeing them go down 1-0 to Crewe.
Adam Dugdale headed the only goal of a game Alex dictated for long periods before a late rally from the visitors failed to level matters.
Southend had effectively nullified the the hosts up until that point, but Sturrock was clearly frustrated with a lacklustre performance that displayed few hallmarks of a team that took 13 points from their last five league matches.
Late opportunities fell to Michael Timlin, Bilel Mohsni and substitute Freddy Eastwood, but the U's now face an uphill task to remain in the hunt for a promotion that evaded them by a point in the regular season.
"We didn't really turn up until after half-time, said Sturrock. "Them scoring a goal spurred us on a wee bit and we created three or four decent chances after that.
"I'm disappointed in our performance in the first half and over the 90 minutes I think 1-0 was a fair result."