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“It’s another game that I want us to carry on from where we left off last week"

31 August 2018

Chris Powell doesn’t want his history and links to Charlton to overshadow tomorrow’s game against the Addicks.

The Blues boss goes up against the club he played and managed at for a number of years on Saturday.

But he is concentrating on the job at hand and getting three points for Southend United.

“It’s another game really,” said Powell. “It’s game six for us in the league, but of course everyone knows my history as a player and also as a manager there.

“It’s another game that I want us to carry on from where we left off last week.

“There will be a healthy crowd and I would think a healthy away support. They’ve started off well, although I’m sure Lee would’ve wanted a few more points; but they’ve had some tricky games to be fair.

“It’s all about us on Saturday and playing the way we did against Bradford in our last home game, but also bringing the qualities that we showed last week in a resilient performance away at Bristol Rovers.”

It’s not the first time Powell has met his former club, and he said he’s learnt from the past when sometimes the narrative surrounding the fixture takes on too much importance.

“I went through it a couple of times as Charlton manager when I went back to Derby and Leicester, and then I’ve gone through it as Huddersfield manager and I went back to The Valley twice,” Powell added.

“I think the build-up overshadowed the game and I learnt my lesson from that. It was the first time I had gone back and we lost the game.

“So the next time I went back we went very low-key, got on with the game and won it 2-1. I’m hopeful that’s what’s going to happen now.

“I know there is natural interest because of my history and links. We got out of League One when I was there, unfortunately they’ve come back down and they can’t get out.

“They’re a big club at this level, good support, a stadium that graced Premier League football for a number of years. They’re going through a tough time on and off the field, and any club that wants to do well must have stability.

“I’m looking forward to it but three points for us is all that matters.

“We’ve had a clear week and hopefully we’ll have one or two bodies in and around us to boost us.”

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