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Reaction: Powell elated after Gills win

2 April 2018

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Blues boss Chris Powell was elated to see his side respond to their 4-0 defeat against Plymouth on Good Friday with a thumping 4-0 win of their own against Gillingham at Roots Hall.

First-half strikes from Michael Turner, Theo Robinson, Michael Kightly and Stephen McLaughlin resulted in Southend’s first win against Gillingham since 2012.

And following the resounding win, Powell spoke to the press to give his thoughts on the victory as well as look ahead to Saturday’s trip to table-toppers Blackburn Rovers.

On his side’s response to Friday…

I’m really pleased for the players; the reaction from them, the intent from them was first-class. I don’t think in all my games as a manager I’ve seen a reaction like that and a performance like that for 45 minutes, it was just superb.

It wasn’t us on Friday, we didn’t start right and it never went for us, so I had a lot of thinking. But the players, especially in training yesterday, every player said to me pick me so I had to think long and hard about what I would get.

I looked at Gillingham, I looked at what I felt were areas we could exploit and we know how to play our pitch. We’ve been good at home, our form at home if we carry this on is sort of top six form, so I’m very proud of them and our supporters.

It was tough to take on Friday but, as I said, quick turnaround you have a chance to get things in your favour and for us to get four goals especially in the first 45 is nothing short of outstanding.

On Theo Robinson…

I’ve got to say, Theo is a player that I know well. What I like about Theo is, at the start, he wasn’t really involved but he just kept catching the eye in training and slowly but surely we introduced him back into the squad.

Even when he wasn’t involved he kept training right, he kept doing the right things, played in a reserve game and scored four goals, and I’m thinking, I need to get him in here. But we were picking up results and it was quite hard to get him involved but every time we did our training he just stood out and I just thought it was time to get him in the group.

Theo’s finish, it was an emphatic finish, but a difficult one on the volley. He ran his heart out, he had good quality, he allowed Simon Cox to drop in who’s a clever player and when we get players that dovetail like that they’re effective.

On Saturday’s trip to Blackburn…

What you’ve got to guard against is everyone thinking it’s going to be like it was today. It’s going to be one tough game that and we’re away from home. We have to be smart, we have to put in a better performance on the road than we have in our last game.

We have to look at what areas we can exploit, we’ve got to make sure we turn up and we give our best and play our football when we can. It’s another test for us; we’ve had a few where we’ve passed them and we didn’t in our last one on the road.

We’ve got to move on and for me now, and for everyone, our last game is a 4-0 win instead of a defeat and that’s really pleasing to have. We’ll recover, and we’ll get our heads around today, we’ve got move on now and all our focus will be on Blackburn

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