Southend manager Paul Sturrock declared his delight at bringing his side's three-game winless streak to an end with victory over Dagenham in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Goals from Ryan Cresswell and Britt Assombalonga secured the Shrimpers a 2-0 win at Roots Hall and the Scot felt his team were worthy winners.

"It was good to get back to winning ways and I thought we deserved the victory too," Sturrock said. "There were many pleasing aspects out there for me and I thought we did well."

Sturrock added: "It was nice to get a clean sheet and to also not get any bookings as that could have caused us a few problems. So overall it's been a good night and, although Dagenham had a few chances in the second half, I thought we did too.

"Our goalkeeper made a couple of good saves and that was also really good to see. He's a good keeper and I know he has it in him but it's about the time frame with him because he hasn't played much football and is playing catch up in the games."

Meanwhile, John Still was left to rue the timing of Dagenham's triple substitution after his side bowed out of the competition.

Sam Williams, Dominic Green and Dwight Gayle came on and duly helped the Daggers get on top in the closing stages, all causing problems in the final third. But it was already too late with Southend having opened up a two-goal advantage.

"It was frustrating that we didn't manage to make the subs until we were already two goals down as they changed the game," Still said. "The difference was massive up front and we looked dangerous creating chances and pressing the Southend defence, but it was too late as the damage was already done.

"I expected a little bit more from one or two people who came in because it was an opportunity for them to show how close they are to the starting 11 but they were nowhere near close enough.

"I had to give those players the opportunity out there because if anyone gets injured they are the people who will be filling the spaces. But can they fill the spaces? No, not after that display."