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Blues boss on former players facing their old side and getting that first win

17 August 2018

Saturday’s Sky Bet League One game against Bradford throws up a potential midfield battle involving three players coming up against their former club.

Bantams duo Josh Wright and Jack Payne are in line to feature at Roots Hall for the visitors while Timothee Dieng could face the club he joined Blues from in the summer.

Chris Powell says it might add an extra edge for those three players, but is only focussed on getting three points for Southend.

“For those individuals it will,” said Powell. “It always happens in football that you go back to your old club and sometimes you’re well-received and sometimes you’re not.

“You always want to do well and sometimes it goes for you and other times it doesn’t.

“I’m sure it’s a fixture that those three players are looking at, I’m just looking at another game that I want us to get three points in.

“We’ve been unfortunate, but we can’t keep saying that, we have to turn performances into wins and we need to do that sooner rather than later so our confidence can still be there.

“I’m confident in the players, and especially the way they’ve played and the chances they’ve created in the league games especially.

“The majority of our fans that have seen all three games, or especially the first two, will see we are better when we’re a front foot team. I’m upset because we haven’t had a clean sheet yet, and that’s the defensive managerial head on me, but I’m sure our fans want to see us scoring goals.

“We have to score to win games and we’ve got players who can finish but at this present time I would just prefer us to get a result.

“It is very early and we’ve got 44 massive games left, but you always want to get up and running and get in the groove.

“If it starts on Saturday then great, if it doesn’t we won’t panic. We’ll just carry on doing the right things because inevitably it will turn in your favour.”

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