Southend duo set for scans

Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez admits his team needs to be more
ruthless after seeing them held to a 2-2 draw by Southampton.

The Blues were cruising 2-0 at half-time, with Demba Ba scoring
in his first Premier League start and Eden Hazard adding a second,
with the Saints all at sea.

The introduction of Rickie Lambert proved pivotal, with
Southampton’s talisman equalising before Jason Puncheon levelled it
up to earn the visitors a superb point – while Chelsea were booed

Chelsea have won just one of their last seven home games in the
Premier League and Benitez says they have to finish teams off when
they are dominant.

Benitez told
Sky Sports News: “We have to be more clinical. At 2-0 up you
have to manage the game. We have to have some experience, score the
third goal and kill the game but we didn’t do that.”

“We had chances, we had a lot of chances again. Taking our
chances has to be the key.

“We are in the top three so we will try to be as high as
possible and try to get three points in the next game – that’s

“I said we would have to be more clinical and today was the
same. We had situations where we could score. We didn’t and they
broke on a counter-attack. We gave them hope they could score and
they did it.

“I was talking to the team at half-time, trying to say ‘we have
to score a third goal’.

“I think for us we cannot be happy drawing at home. I am
disappointed. When you know your players and what they can do it is

“We have to think how we can improve for the next one.”

Central defender Cresswell left the field with a shoulder
problem while Hurst suffered a recurrence of a back injury as Paul
Sturrock’s side missed the opportunity to host Chelsea in the
fourth round.

Sturrock is unsure as to how long the pair will be out of action
but admits he is concerned.

He told Echo News: “Until they have the scans we won’t know how
serious the injuries are.

“It doesn’t look good at the moment but we’re obviously hoping
they won’t be too bad.”

The Shrimpers boss has confirmed that midfielder Marc Laird will
be out for two to three weeks with a pulled hamstring.