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Chris Powell's Bradford Reaction

18 August 2018

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Chris Powell felt there was a sense of relief as Southend claimed their first win of the season thanks to a 2-0 home victory against Bradford City this afternoon.

Headed goals from Tom Hopper and Simon Cox, both within four minutes of each other early in the second half, helped Blues to a deserved three points against the Bantams.  

After the game, the Blues boss gave us his thoughts on the victory that helped lift the pressure following defeats to Doncaster and a draw with Plymouth.

On getting the first win on the board…

We’ve actually played, for me, better than that in the other two games [against Doncaster and Plymouth] but we did enough and we showed our quality.

I felt the first half we started off really well, it just went a bit flat. Maybe there was a touch of frustration from the team, from the crowd, but I said to them at half-time, just keep going, keep doing the right things, give each other an extra 5-10% and it’ll come and I’m really pleased it did.

You want that first win and from our performances so far we definitely warranted a win before today, but I had to take that. [There was] a bit of pressure on us but I thought they handled it well and the clean sheet too, so a lot of things we can tick off today.

On Simon Cox…

He does a specific role for us. I think people will always see him as a striker, but he’s actually a bit of a deep-lying one. He wants to get involved in the play and we say to him, you’ve got to do both and that’s hard work but he’s willing to do it.

I’ve taken him off in every game, so he’s not that happy not staying on for 90, but I do have one eye on Luton and the next game [against Bristol Rovers] and it’s a big week for us.

I know if we can give that output in every game, then results will come. I’m never down on them, I always push them, I ask for more, I want them to compete and they fully deserved that. I think there’s a bit of relief with everyone that we finally got our win in the third game of the season.

On the Luton game…

I think every game you take on its merits; whether you’ve won your previous game or lost or drawn it, you get ready for it. It’s very early in the season, you want to put a marker down, but I think every team wants to get to 50 points and then they go from there and we’re no different.

We obviously have one eye on doing as well as we can, but it’s important to just keep chipping away, keep getting those wins. Getting three points at home, a point away, that’s a really good way to go about it.

We know that Luton will be a tough proposition and we’ve got to be ready for that, and hopefully, we can have a real positive week. 

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