Crewe manager Dario Gradi was unhappy with the manner of his side's victory after they ground out an "ugly" 1-0 home win over Southend.

Shaun Miller hooked home his 16th goal of the season in the 75th minute to keep the Railwaymen in touch with their play-off rivals, but Gradi was far from impressed with the quality on show.

"That was very, very poor, especially in the first half," he said. "It was a poor effort, poor understanding and poor skill from us and I didn't think the players were listening to me."

He added: "It got better and we got effort in the second half and we defended well, but to be honest I wasn't that impressed with them and didn't think they offered us any real threat.


"I turned to Paul Sturrock halfway through the second-half and said shall we take 0-0 and go home. I'm glad he didn't take me up on it.

"Sometimes you have to win ugly. I don't like winning ugly, but I'm sure I'll feel better about it after a few glasses of wine."

Southend boss Sturrock felt his side deserved a point but conceded his depleted squad were struggling to maintain their impressive recent form.

"I was very disappointed to lose and felt we did enough to get something out of the game," he said.

"We showed we can compete at this level but I thought that the first goal was always going to be the winner.

"The people we have got missing and the body count we have at the moment is a key feature for us at the moment."

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