Southend United boss Mark Molesley felt his side were the architects of their own downfall in the defeat to Bolton Wanderers and felt a lack of ruthlessness is costing the Shrimpers.

Bolton made it five wins on the bounce in all competitions with the victory in League Two over Southend.

Nathan Delfouneso's header just before half-time and two goals after the break from Eoin Doyle, including one from the penalty spot, ensured a 3-0 victory for the Trotters.

The win means Bolton now sit ninth in the League Two table and just a point from the play-offs following four straight wins in the division.

But for the Essex side, they remain rooted to the bottom of the table with just five points and one win in the division so far this campaign.

And Molesley saw parallels in the loss against the Trotters as he did with the midweek defeat at the hands of Forest Green Rovers, believing that the Shrimpers did not punish Ian Evatt's side when they created chances and Wanderers did just that.

“It’s a difficult one to take because we were masters of our own downfall again. I thought we were competitive in the game. I thought we were working hard and we’re just falling short at the moment," he said.

"We’re not punishing teams and teams are punishing us and again it falls to what you’re like in both boxes. We’ve been punished again today when we’ve had good moments in the game and not made them count.

"Bolton are a very good side and have got a lot of good experience on the pitch and when they get their chances, they make us pay and unfortunately we’re not making them pay for all our hard work and you can see the boys working hard and battling and we had some good moments in the game.

"It’s never going to be easy coming here but we’ve got to be more ruthless.

"The lads are working really hard, you can see that. They put in a good shift there, Bolton had a lot of possession and they didn’t have too many clear cut chances, the same as Forest Green, and that’s the horrible thing.

"It was the same on Tuesday that we worked so hard and come up short to essentially a mistake for our first goal where we should have cleared it and the same has happened today - we should have cleared it more effectively and we haven’t and we’ve conceded so we’ve got to be more ruthless in these situations."