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Reaction: Powell on Luton Defeat

22 August 2018

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Blues boss Chris Powell was left disappointed last night after his side “huffed and puffed” but fell to a 2-0 defeat against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road.

A second-minute strike from Elliot Lee followed by a Danny Hylton penalty was enough to secure the Hatters their first win of the season at Southend’s expense.

 And following the defeat, Powell gave us his thoughts on a disappointing evening for Blues before looking ahead to this Saturday’s game with Bristol Rovers.

On the Luton defeat…

You can’t start a game like that and expect to get yourself a result. I know there was a long way to go, but your game-plan goes out the window in the second minute and you can’t do that early doors in games, it changes it completely.

I suppose we responded with our usual style of play, but we just didn’t have that drive to get the ball in the box and really test their keeper. We had half-chances but none on target and the way we’ve been playing recently, that’s disappointing.

We played a slightly different team: JD [Jason Demetriou] came in and losing Tim [Dieng] at half-time wasn’t great with a slight injury, so we’re obviously chasing it then at 2-0. You don’t want it to become three, four or five.

Mark Oxley twice made two superb saves, you’re putting people on to try and change it and you’re chasing it but it’s one of them nights really. It just hasn’t really gone for us.

On the penalty decision…

I haven’t seen it again and I know I’m a long way away, the referee’s closer, all I would say is if you’re a defender you’ve just got to stay on your feet. If it’s in the area, you’ve got to be 100% sure if you go to ground and if you try to win that ball, because you’re at risk of giving away a penalty.

He’s [Elvis Bwomono] going to be a good player for Southend, he’s going to have a good career, so you learn from it. It’s a learning experience and he’ll go again and he’ll play for us again this year for sure.

On the next game…

We had really good support tonight, but it hasn’t gone for us, so we have to dust ourselves down now and look at Bristol. A tough game away from home, but that’s what League One is.

Bristol Rovers is always a difficult place to go and they’ll be looking to bounce back, they’ve lost this evening, so we have to really have a reaction. I’ve just said to the players, that’s what I want.

We huffed and puffed this evening without any real quality and real drive, which we normally have, so we’ll just have to go again.

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