BURTON Albion suffered their first defeat in three games at the hands of Southend United at Roots Hall.
Three chances went Southend's way which resulted in three goals for the Shrimpers.
Nigel Clough said: "I thought we played well enough to get something out of the game.
"For the first ten minutes of the game we got to grips with it and played well, then we got the equaliser and we started the second half very well."
He added: "We felt their goal was out of nothing. They didn't have a shot then all of a sudden one flies in the top corner and we're chasing the game again.
"We then lost our momentum a little bit and Mason (Bennett) came off with a tight hamstring which didn't help.
"They took the lead for the second time which made it easier for them to hang on to it."