Chris Powell warned his Southend players not to amble towards the end of the season or “there’s the door” after a disappointing 2-0 defeat away at Oxford United.
First-half goals from James Henry and Ricardinho were enough for the home side as Southend continued their miserable away form which has seen them win just three games away from home.
Following the defeat, an upset Powell gave his thoughts on the defeat at the Kassam and fired a warning shot at his squad ahead of the final four games of the season.
On the remainder of the season…
I really hope it’s not ‘end of season syndrome.’ I’ve had 14 games and I’ve just told the players that I’m still assessing what we are and who you are and we were second best today.
I want more from them because that there smacks of well we’re ok. We’re not ok. This season, we’re not ok and we owe it to ourselves, we owe it to our supporters and each other that we perform right until the end of the season.
You amble now until the end of the season, there’s the door. That’s not happening. They amble, they know what’s happening at the end of the season. I know it’s one game, but it’s two defeats now and I always want a response, I didn’t get a response fully today.
Last week we were very good and we come here against a side who hadn’t won, had been under pressure and we’ve thrown the game away in my eyes.
On injuries to Coker and Turner…
It looks as if they’ve both got thigh problems. Best laid plans and all of a sudden they’re gone and you have to make forced changes, so it’s disappointing for them.
I’m not too happy at the minute, so I’m going to have to bite my tongue because we’re playing against a team who haven’t won and obviously are desperate to get a result. We just let them have their first goal, just walked through the defence and we were second best.
I’m not too happy with what I’ve seen and we were talking about the injuries and yeah, it’s not great for us and hopefully, it’s not season ending for Ben or Michael.
On next weekend against MK Dons…
MK Dons at home, we have to say bring it on. I’ve got to make sure they don’t feel the pressure and we’ve got to bounce back.
We can’t be having defeats like that when we don’t score away from home, although we had the chances today to break that hoodoo, especially in the second half, but there’s some food for thought for me there.
They’ve kind of given me a lot to think about all of a sudden. The work we’ve been doing and the games we’ve been playing are actually showing me what I can look forward to with some additions next season, but I’ve got a lot more to think about now.