A first start of the season represented a personal achievement for Peter Gilbert after the Southend defender was forced to miss two months of last season following a hernia operation.

However, Gilbert was unable to prevent the Blues from succumbing to defeat at the hands of Burton, as the Staffordshire side left Roots Hall with all three points after a solitary striker from Calvin Zola.

This left Paul Sturrock and Co contemplating what might have been and Gilbert believes the Shrimpers were worthy of a draw at least.

“I was delighted to be back playing but obviously gutted by the result,” said the 28-year-old.

“We're so frustrated as well because we felt we deserved something from the game.

“We gave it everything we could but ended up getting hit by a sucker punch when their striker put the ball in the net from 25 yards.

“However, these things happen over the course of a season and you lose matches you should win and win games you should lose.

“It's swings and roundabouts really but it's still very early days and although we're disappointed to lose there's no need to panic at this stage.”




Sturrock, meanwhile, has taken responsibility for Saturday's loss claiming his choice of system ultimately cost his side.

"I got the system wrong in the first half and I hold my hands up to that," said the Southend boss.

"We changed things around in the second half and we definitely started to look like a much better team.

"But the story of our season so far has been not taking our chances and it killed us again.

"We can't afford to keep on doing it and I'm very disappointed and frustrated about the defeat. If we had taken one of the opportunities then I think we would've gone on to win the game."

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