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Reaction: Powell delighted with away win at Oldham

24 April 2018

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Chris Powell was delighted to see his Blues side claim their first away win since February as they brushed aside Oldham Athletic 3-0 at Boundary Park.

A fifth goal in three starts for Theo Robinson opened the scoring early on before Simon Cox ended Southend’s second-half hoodoo by scoring twice in four minutes to secure the points.

And after the full-time whistle, Powell spoke to us about the victory, Simon Cox’s brace and the 125 Blues fans who made the journey to the North West.

On the win against Oldham…

That’s a terrific all-round performance by my team. They showed not only attacking prowess but real defensive qualities. Even at 3-0, we’re still putting ourselves in the way of shots, trying to protect our goal.

Mark Oxley made a couple of key saves, but we started off brilliantly. There was a real intent about us and for our fans that have travelled all this way, to see us win on the road – we haven’t won since Peterborough – I’m really chuffed.

We’ve really answered back, and rightly so you get criticised when you lose, but I never panic; I just get my head down and get around the players. They’re a good bunch and I’ve shown also that I’m not afraid to put those young players in because they give us energy, they give us no fear and we had a nice balance about us tonight and I’m really, really pleased for them.

On Simon Cox…

I wanted to look at something different [on Saturday] but I knew with a three-game week that I would have to freshen it a little bit. I knew he’d be chomping at the bit, especially with Theo [Robinson] getting a hat-trick.

I said to him at half-time there are opportunities there for us; we’re getting good balls in good areas and he’s a good finisher, and in some ways, I think he’ll be disappointed he didn’t get a hat-trick.

I’m pleased for him that he took the first one well with his left foot and the second goal, good movement, good play by Theo Robinson and Stephen McLaughlin, and he finished it at the far post.

Shame he didn’t get a hat-trick, that would have been quite an amazing feet, two hat-tricks in two games, but I don’t think Coxy will be complaining and I’m certainly not.

On the travelling fans…

To come all this way, I was up at 6 am this morning and we all met at Euston and for our fans to either go to work and then come after having a half-day or a day off, it’s definitely worth it for them.

I’m really pleased for them because it takes a special kind of fan to go 250 miles to come here, to get home at 3 am in the morning and then go to work tomorrow, so this one’s for them and all the ones back in Essex as well

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