Chris Powell was full of praise for his hat-trick hero Theo Robinson after the striker helped Southend to a 4-0 win against MK Dons at Roots Hall.
Robinson’s three plus a well-taken goal by Stephen McLaughlin secured Blues’ a second-straight 4-0 win at home, putting to bed the disappointment of back-to-back away defeats.
After the game, the Blues boss gave us his thoughts on the victory.
On Theo Robinson…
He’s a finisher; he’s always in the right place and sometimes I look at him and think, should I have played him earlier? I know when we look at opposition teams we know he’s going to be a threat.
He’s been training great and one thing I have done with Theo is I’ve kept him in the loop with regards to the squad and when he hasn’t travelled he’s always training well, I’ve made him part of it and he’s slowly but surely earned this right to start a game.
The last home game he started and scored and I just felt it was right again to do that today on the back of two defeats. Really, really good performance and I’m really pleased for Theo.
On Mark Oxley and his clean sheet…
It shows the mark of the man, his concentration, he wants his clean sheet and for him to pull off a wonderful save. Fans couldn’t have asked for any more today; a hat-trick hero and a goalkeeper who makes a double save at the end and a clean sheet.
I said to the players, get a clean sheet as much as for the team but for Ox. We got one in our last home game, but in our last two trips on the road, we needed to be a bit better with regards to our cohesion and defending.
Ox, he’s a top-quality goalkeeper and for him to do that is good for him and Lee Harrison had a wry smile as well as they do the work to get clean sheets and that just shows the good work that he puts in day in, day out with all the other goalkeepers.
On defensive injuries…
We had to deal with the two losses last week which upset us a little bit, but all week we worked with the back-four and we looked at Elvis [Bwomono] at left-back, we looked at JD [Jason Demetriou] at left-back and JD at home at right-back is a real weapon for us.
I thought Elvis settled in really well – he’s going to be a good player that young man – and at the end, we ended up with Kyps [Harry Kyprianou] at left-centre-half. Anton [Ferdinand] lead the way and he really pushed himself.
He kind of felt a bit of a knock in the first half but he soldiered on and actually looked really good. He was composed at times when it looked like quite sticky but he couldn’t carry on.
You bring these young players on and let them fly really and see how they get on, and hopefully, Anton won’t be too bad but we’ll have to wait and see. If not, the youngsters play again and I’ve got no qualms and I’ve got no fear of playing any youngster in our team.