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Preview: "We have to respond and be on the front foot from the start" - Powell

20 April 2018

Southend United manager Chris Powell is demanding a response from his players against MK Dons this weekend.

Blues have lost their last two games, but the manner in the defeats were very different.

Powell says ‘there’s still work to do’ and that they must focus on themselves against a struggling Dons side.

“We've got four games to go and they're all very important for different reasons,” said Powell.

“More importantly for us, I don't want us to limp over the line. We've still got a bit of work to do.

“We have to respond and be on the front foot from the start, which we have in the main, especially at Roots Hall. That's what we need to do on Saturday.

“We have our own situation to deal with. We can't be worrying about anyone else and what MK Dons need. We have to go out there and deal with what we have to do, and that's go out there win a game and get three points.

“I just want my team to respond and our team to show what they can do.

“We need to do it consistently, because it's been very up and down all season, not just recently.

Michael Turner and Ben Coker both limped out early into last weekend’s defeat to Oxford, and Powell said they will definitely be missing against MK Dons, but Sam Mantom could return after taking part in a session on Thursday.

“Michael's got a thigh problem and Ben Coker is a hamstring.

“When you lose them so early on as we did last week, all your plans go out the window because you're making two defensive changes.

“They won't be ready for the weekend, Tuesday I'm not sure. I would love to see them back before the end of the season though.

“It's disappointing to lose them because they have both done really well since I've come in.

“But it creates an opportunity for others to come in and show their worth and quality.

“Hopefully they will recover as quickly as possible but we have to make do without them.”


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