WEYMOUTH manager Brian Stock confessed the 1-0 defeat to Southend United was a “kick in the teeth”.

Stock’s men have now lost their past seven Vanarama National League games, only a 1-0 victory at Hungerford in the FA Trophy giving them cause for cheer since late October.

In a game of such magnitude, with Southend a point and one place above the Terras – who have slipped into the relegation zone during their poor run – Ollie Harfield’s mistake allowed Matty Dennis to fire the winner in the fifth minute.

Barring a Josh McQuoid effort, blocked on the line by his former Weymouth teammate Shaun Hobson, Weymouth never looked like equalising.

Instead, Southend wasted several chances to double their lead, leaving the home faithful to openly slate Stock at full-time.

Speaking to Echosport, the under-fire manager said: “It’s a tough one to take.

“One of the things you need to make sure of, especially when you’re playing teams in and around you, is that you start games well.

“After five minutes we’ve obviously gifted them an opportunity to get their tails up. It was hard to come back from that.

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“No matter who it is in this league, giving a goal head start it’s hard to come back. The players never chucked the towel in.

“At times, there were one or two things that I thought were good. Probably a lack of quality in the final third let us down.

“Ultimately, everyone in the changing room is really disappointed and hurting. Everyone’s trying as hard as they can to try and turn this run of results around.

“(Saturday) was another kick in the teeth.”