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Penney: It is still all to play for next weekend

11 May 2014

Penney disappointed that Blues didn't get something at the Pirelli Stadium

Dave Penney was disappointed to see Southend United not take something from their play-off first-leg at Burton Albion.

But Blues’ assistant says the tie is still very much alive, and all is to play for when the two sides meet again at Roots Hall next Saturday.

Penney felt Blues were just lacking that cutting edge at the Pirelli Stadium.

He said: “We’re disappointed not to have got something from the game because we felt that we were the better team.

“We’ve seen how tough it cane be to break teams down once they go down to ten-men and we saw that again here.

“The sending off gave us 30 minutes to try and get something, but we didn’t really seem to be able to get that bit of luck we needed.

“John Egan probably had our best chance, and there were a few headers that didn’t fall our way, but we can’t be too down.

“It is half-time in the tie, and there’s still all to play for when we take them on again at Roots Hall next week.

“We will be confident of turning the tie our way, as we’ve shown in recent weeks that we can play some excellent stuff.”

Penney praised the fans’ support at the Pirelli Stadium, and backed them to make even more noise at Roots Hall on Saturday.

He added: “The fans were absolutely superb. We knew all week there was going to be a big following here and they out sang Burton all afternoon.

“We’ll need more of that next weekend because we’ve got to turn this tie around. A fast start will be important, but we know one goal draws us level and there’s no away goals.

“It should be a great occasion at Roots Hall. Both sides will believe they can do it, and we’re both just 90 minutes from a Wembley final.”

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