Blues’ first away game of the season sees them travel to the South West to take on Plymouth Argyle and after their opening day defeat to Doncaster Rovers it’s a game that the first-team squad are looking to use as a marker for the season ahead...
Long-standing Southend defender John White is one of those players who is raring to go ahead of the weekend and with the injury to summer signing Harry Lennon it could well be the opportunity that the 32-year-old uses to his advantage.
“I was obviously disappointed not to have started at the weekend but, opportunities do come up in the season and when they do like I’ve said a million times, you’ve got to be ready and make sure you're not caught on your heels.”
White sat on the sidelines for Blues’ first game of the 2018/19 season and the experienced centre-back is aiming to use the positives from the game and use them against Plymouth.
“The performance last weekend, other than the scoreline was good and there were bits of it that were very good.
“They (Doncaster) built into the game and they eventually had a 15-minute spell where they took advantage of the situation and made the most of it.
“There were long spells in the first half that we should have at least scored one or two goals and I think that completely changes the game,if we were 2-0 up in the first half then I think it would have been a very different outcome.
“But that game has gone now, we will take the positives from it, forget the result and try and get something on the board from the weekend ahead.”
Last season Powell’s side traveled to Plymouth and walked away from a 4-0 defeat, which White doesn’t want to have a repeat episode of.
“It’s difficult when you go behind after just a few minutes, no matter what game.
“Obviously, the home crowd gets behind the team and it makes it difficult but, we’ve got to go there full of confidence and replicate some of the moves, the attempts on goal and the types of chances we created against Doncaster.”