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Reaction: Powell on Blues' first away win of the season

25 August 2018

Blues boss Chris Powell, who was facing a one-game touchline ban praised his sides drive and determination after they secured three hard-earnt points against a tough Bristol Rovers side.

Summer signing Tom Hopper fired in the only goal of the game in the first-half to take his tally up to three goals and his strike secured Blues’ first three points on the road this campaign.

Following the result Powell shared his thought on his side victory and on his hopes for the remainder of the loan window.

On the win on the road...

“Well I’m obviously very pleased with the response from the players after Tuesday night, and to be honest we had a bit of a make-shift team today, but I thought they were absolutely superb.

“It’s quite a tricky place to come to Bristol, their fans get up and we needed to make sure we got ourselves into the game, and I thought that after the first 20-25 minutes we started to do what we do best.

“We were quite shot shy the other night but we’re better as a team when we start putting balls in the box and start taking shots at goal and eventually we got our reward with not one but two bits of quality. 

“The first being Elvis Bwomono’s cross and the second Theo Robinson’s ball into the box, and I thought Tom (Hopper) took it really-well with the goal.” 

On the team’s performance...

“I can’t argue with the players today, if I have to single anyone of the best players out it would be the two centre half’s, John White and Michael Turner and actually Jason Demetriou too because I played him in the centre of midfield. 

“Ironically I actually played him there in the previous game against Bristol in the last game of the season and he did well. 

“I thought Sam (Mantom), who actually came out injured in the second half with a sore back, soldiered on and did it for the team and thanks to that we got our just rewards.” 

On Elvis’ reaction from Tuesday...

"It was a tough game for Elvis because they (Bristol Rovers) put balls in behind the back four, and when they did it well the crowd got behind them and that can be a real testing time for a full-back.

“He’s a young player that I’ve got a lot of time for, I thought he got better as the game went on and he’ll learn from Tuesday and he'll learn things from today, it’s always a learning experience.

“Tuesday was a big learning curve for him and I’m sure he was disappointed with result, but I went with him again today because I’ve got to show him trust and show him that I believe in the young players.

“I believe in Michael Klass and Dru Yearwood and these are lads that will have future careers with Southend and maybe beyond us and because of that I know it’s up to me and my staff to give them good coaching and good tips.”

On the possibility of getting players in...

“We’ve been pretty unlucky with our injuries so far, maybe it’s a bit of pay back from pre-season when we didn’t get any and now it’s come back to bite us a bit. 

“Sadly we’ve lost Sam Barratt for more or less the rest of the season which is a real shame. We’ve got Harry Lennon who’s a few weeks away yet, Dru Yearwood is working his way back and then we lost Luke (Hyam) and (Timothee) Dieng on Tuesday night. 

"It’s tough, but I’ve said to them lets get on with it, you may be playing against a team like Bristol Rovers that have a number of experienced players at this level but if you’ve only played five games like Elvis has you have to get on with it and it’s not easy, but I trust them. 

“I am hoping to get another player in on Monday, possibly Tuesday and we’ll then we’ll see if we need anything else because that’s it after next Friday. 

"But I’m hoping that we will get two or three players back off the injury table and ready for next weekend but we’ll have to wait and see next week.”

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