Southend's failure to convert their chances meant they had to settle for a draw against Bristol Rovers.
The Shrimpers created a hatful of chances but were unable to find the back of the net, making it five games without a win for new boss Phil Brown.
Britt Assombalonga and Barry Corr both wasted great chances to open the scoring after the break.
Steve Mildenhall then saved Freddy Eastwood's shot and an Assombalonga effort as the game ended goalless.
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Southend United manager Phil Brown told BBC Essex:
"It's not about criticism, it's about a clean sheet and the mentality [we had] to keep the clean sheet.
"Not just that, John Ward has shook my hand and said 'we got away with that'. I totally agree, we should have been maybe two or even three nil, comfortable winners.
'"I made a mistake bringing Freddy [Eastwood] off, thinking that fresh legs might have won the game. We went the other way unfortunately. That happens in games of football."
Bristol Rovers manager John Ward told BBC Radio Bristol:
"It wasn't a classic for me and I'm bias. We got away with a couple of misses from Southend, particularly in the second half.
"We've come through that and looked like we might find a goal at the end of it.
"We have not been close to our best or close to a good performance from us, but it's been strong and determined and we've got something from the afternoon.
"Phil [Brown] will rue the missed chances, and so he should, because they we're good chances. We've got away with it a little bit but that's the game."