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Powell previews Plymouth

10 August 2018

Southend United boss Chris Powell was pleased with the attacking play his side produced against Doncaster Rovers on the opening day of the season, but wants to see his side take their opportunities when they come along.

Blues created the most chances in Sky Bet League One on the opening day of the season but suffered a 3-2 defeat.

And ahead of the weekend trip to Plymouth on Saturday, Powell is looking for a response from his side.

“We’re away from home but that’s fine, we won on the road last year and we’re going to have to win on the road this year,” said Powell.

“They lost their first game like us, but it’s their first home game. They will be buoyant and they will be looking for a response to their performance at Walsall.

“We know what we’re going to be up against. Derek Adams will be looking to get his team up and running, but so will I.

“We don’t want a repeat of last year and we have to have a response. Whatever eleven represents us will have to get us going.”

Powell will be without Harry Lennon on Saturday, but he may opt to utilise the availability of others who impressed against Doncaster.

Theo Robinson came on and grabbed himself a goal, and the Blues chief said certain players have given him food for thought.

“It’s a 14-man game now,” Powell added. “You have your starting eleven, but you know you can choose any three from the seven subs, and you look to them to be ready and make a change in the game.

“Theo’s impact and impetus alongside Tom Hopper from slightly wider, Tom Dieng breaking from midfield and Sam Barratt. It made us look different.

“In one game we had a plan A and a plan B, and I think that’s always important.

“That’s quite good for us and for me as manager to see that we can make an impact playing a slightly different way, when under pressure as well.

“Theo made an impact and he’s scoring goals, like he did last year, and I like that. He would have been disappointed not to start, but football changes so quickly.

“We’ll see what happens with not only Theo, but one or two others. They gave me food for thought.

“We created the most chances in League One on Saturday; of course, you need to convert them as well, but if we keep creating then I’ll be a happy manager.”


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