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Preview: Blues must learn from Plymouth defeat says Powell

Ahead of the trip to Ewood Park, Chris Powell addressed the press and spoke about how his side need to approach the game.

5 April 2018

Southend boss Chris Powell wants his team to be clever and manage their moments in Saturday’s game against the Sky Bet League One leaders.

Blues travel to Blackburn Rovers having played out two 4-0 games in the last two - a defeat away at Plymouth followed by an enthralling win against Gillingham on Monday.

And Powell says his side have to take their chances when they come.

“We’re on a high from the Gillingham game, but we’re away from home.

“The onus will be on them and we can’t be too open. We’ve got to make sure that we have a real disciplined performance from the team, from units, from individuals and we’ve got to be quite patient.

“It’s a learning process for us because we went to Plymouth and I wanted us to attack them, but maybe we were too open.

“I’ve got to look at different things at how I can get the best out of my group and pick the right times when we’re open and when we’re not.

“We’ve got to manage the game, that’s the thing I’m looking for. We’ve got to manage moments well because it keeps you in the game and allows you to build momentum in the game, because opportunities will come to hurt them. It’s about doing that right.”

Blues came away 2-1 winners from the reverse fixture, but Powell said this is a different game and isn’t paying much attention to the opening day of the season victory.

“They’ve settled into the league really well and are now justifying their pre-season favourites tag.

“They’ve got players who are a good standard, are of good quality - Championship quality - but so have we.

“People may think we don’t, but we definitely do. I’ve managed at that level and I know there’s a number of our players can play at that level.

“They’re up there for a reason; because they score goals, they create goals, have picked up points in games where maybe they shouldn’t, that’s always a sign of a good side.

“Tony Mowbray is someone who I admire and creates good footballing teams.

“What I would say is we have to perform and start better than our last trip on the road, simple as that. The players know that.

“You have to give yourself a platform and a foothold in any game, but especially away from home at one of the better sides.

“We need to grow, as a team, into the game, and the only way you can do that is by making sure you implement your own gameplan, do your best to nullify their threats and do your best to exploit one or two areas that you think can hurt them.”

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