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Reaction: Powell on Plymouth draw

11 August 2018

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Blues boss Chris Powell had mixed emotions following his side’s 1-1 draw against Plymouth Argyle in a game where both he and his opposite number Derek Adams were sent off.

Jason Demetriou’s penalty secured Southend their first point of the season after Graham Carey scored a contentious penalty following a soft foul on Tafari Moore.

And after the match, Powell spoke to the press to give his thoughts on the draw, the penalty incident and the fracas that got him and Adams sent to the stands.  

On the Argyle draw…

Our first-half performance I think warranted a win and even in the second-half we never played maybe up to the standard of the first-half, but we were still playing our football and probing.

We’ve had two games now, one on the road here today, where we’re playing some good stuff and we’re actually doing what I’ve always envisaged us doing.

We’ve just got to get over the line and get that win because I think that will really give us a confidence boost.

I’m disappointed with not winning, but not with the performance of my players, absolutely not. It’s a tough place to come, we all know that; it’s so far and it’s a big long journey for everyone, so if you get anything down here it’s warranted normally.

But with the chances we created, off the back of last week, I’ve got to be happy with that to a point, but I’m in it to win and we’re in it to win because we want to win games and get ourselves as high as we can.

On the Carey penalty…

It’s not one, it’s quite simple when you see it again. The referee was closer and he said he felt it wasn’t a penalty, the assistant linesman said 100% it’s a penalty, so he’s taken his word.

Yeah, they’re a team, I understand they do work together, but when you see it, Moore kicks the back of his own leg, so he’s [the referee] given it and we find ourselves 1-0 down.

I think the response and the attitude of the players were first-class because they knew they shouldn’t have been a goal down, but they came back. We created so many chances, a couple offside, and eventually, there was a foul and we got our penalty and Jason Demetriou put it away.

On his sending off…

The new directive is yellow cards and reds and there’s always things that happen during the game. Derek accused us of trying to get his player sent off, but why I reacted was because what he said to one of my players, I’m not having.

He can speak to his own players like that. I wouldn’t speak to my own players like that so for someone else to say what he said…if he wants to own up and say to anyone what he said, then fair play to him, but if he doesn’t, I know what he said and so does he, so I reacted off that.

It’s wrong of me but I’ll always back my players and my team 100%. I was upset with my own behaviour and at half-time I apologised to my players and I said I will always back you.

It’s just a shame that that happened, but my team responded well and I’m just ashamed we’re not going home with three points instead of one.  

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