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Preview: Powell on Oldham, injury concerns and London Marathon

24 April 2018

Chris Powell heads to Oldham Athletic tonight with a depleted squad but is expecting a better showing than in previous away games.

Southend continued the recent trend of excellent at home, poor away from home when they beat MK Dons 4-0 on Saturday.

And the Blues boss says Richie Wellens’ Oldham side will be a difficult test this evening.

“I’ve always said that if you pick up a point away from home it’s pretty good as long as you win your home games and we’ve been doing that in the main in our home games.

“But it’s gone array [away from home] since Plymouth. Blackburn was positive but we still didn’t get anything and then Oxford was the one I was most disappointed with.

“So we go to Oldham with a depleted squad, and a few young players in it, but it is what it is.

“We’ve now got a number of walking wounded and we’ll just have to deal with it.

“We’ll still have enough players who have experience of this level, but away from home it has been tough recently.

“We’ve got two remaining and it will be good for us to get something on the road, be positive and score in the second half!”

“We’re under no illusions that this will be very tough for us.

“They can play. Don’t underestimate them just because of their position, they can play.

“We’re going to have to be on our guard to stop anything like that, but equally we’ve got players in a good place.

“We have to go there and perform ourselves.”

The injury situation has worsened in the last few weeks for Powell.

Since losing Ben Coker and Michael Turner against Oxford, Anton Ferdinand was the latest to limp out in the win over MK Dons, whilst Josh Wright didn’t make the matchday squad due to a hamstring problem.

“He will be missing, and he’s touch and go for Saturday,” Powell explained.

“Josh [Wright] I doubt it but Sam [Mantom] has got a good chance.

“[Wright has a] reoccurrence of his hamstring injury which doesn’t look great. Sam’s available as long as there’s no reaction.

“There will be one or two players who haven’t featured at all, from the youth team and the U23s, that will more than likely be involved.

“That’s fine because ultimately, they’re going to have careers in the game.”

Tonight’s game comes quickly after Powell completed the London Marathon for the first time on Sunday, and he said it will also be the last.

“I won’t be doing the marathon again!

“I kept away from the players in training, I like to join in every now and again, but I didn’t want to get injured.

“I’m looking forward to getting back into training because I won’t be doing any training or marathon running again. It was horrific.

“Fair play to people that keep doing it, but I won’t be doing it ever again!”

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