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"We need to strive for consistency" - Powell On Facing Rochale

20 December 2018

Chris Powell's side will be looking to use last weekends 3-0 win over Accrington Stanley as a starting block to push on and earn the hard points that will help Blues move up the table...

Southend's form at home this year has seen them come away with only 18 points from a possible 33 and that is something that Powell is aiming to improve on.

But his side can hold their heads high because all of Southend's points that have been earnt at home have been clean sheets and that is a key part to turning around their fortunes at Roots Halls.

On the three points and another clean sheet…

“Any time we get three points we galvanize as a football club, and as a group of players but it’s only one result.

“I think the mark and measure of any team is to at least back it up and we’ve done that before this season.

“We’ve managed to back up a positive result at home in the league and we’ve now won five games at Roots Hall with all of them also being clean sheets.

“It’s just the Oxford United game that was a draw, I think if we can keep teams out, I really feel like we will always have a chance at home.”

On Accrington Stanley…

“They started off really well, we had to ride our luck a little bit and defend really well, Stephen Hendrie made a really important block at 0-0 which allowed us to build and we scored two good goals before half-time.

“Sam (Mantom) took his goal really well and I felt there was a drive about us; maybe to put things right because we’ve been on a tough run recently.”

On the visit of Rochdale…

“We’re all looking forward to Rochdale, focusing on the game and making sure no one gets any knocks in training this week. We want to follow up the result against Stanley and hopefully another three points against Rochdale.”

On the key to consistency…

“If you look at us now we’re 12th in the league, we’ve scored 28 goals and we’ve conceded 28 so we are right in the middle, I actually think that does sum us up this season.

“We’ve had some great results, some poor results, we’ve had some good wins and we’ve also had some poor defeats, it really has been right in the middle of the road for us.

“What we need to try and achieve is to up that a bit more in our favour because suddenly you find yourself in the upper reaches. 

“It’s very tight, not only will it fluctuate for us, but for many other teams as well and I’ve always said I think if you get to 50 points as soon as you can, you can then go on from there.”

“We’ve got 21 points to reach that target and we’ve got the second half of the season coming up after the Rochdale game which will mean we’ve played everyone.

“I always feel that’s a bit of a marker to see where you’re going to be so we need to strive for consistency which has been very hard because of the way things have gone for us. I’ve had to change the team around whether that’s due to injury, form or suspensions.

“I think a team that does pretty well generally have a consistency to their line-up even to their back four and we unfortunately for whatever reason haven’t been able to do that, so maybe now looking at the team last week and how we’ve performed, I feel like there’s a little bit more confidence.

“A win always does that, without putting any doubts in their minds if they’re clear about a few things hopefully, we can build on that in up and coming games.”

On Mark Oxley…

“I was told about Mark’s stats and how he has kept 17 clean sheets this calendar year and I was very pleased for him.

“I came in towards the end of January and one of the first things I said to the players was we need clean sheets as they’ll get us points, they’ll get us out of where we were at the time.

“Even this season with all that has gone on we’ve managed to get a number of clean sheets I think it’s us and Liverpool with the most in all four divisions.

“You don’t really say Southend United and Liverpool in the same sentence too often so it’s great for our football club, it’s great for our players, especially our keepers, defenders and us as a team.

“We are doing some things right, but we always want more, fans always want more, and I get that because it’s their team, they want us to win every game.”

“It’s something to proud of, something to aspire to and with a number of games left this year, if we can get a few more clean sheets, we could be the team by the end of 2018 that’s out there on their own.

“I know Liverpool have been formidable this year, but it’s been a nice lift for us, a nice stat for me to use with the players.”

“There have been times like Barnsley away where we conceded right towards the very end and that really hurts but they’ve done some really good things this year in adversity and if that’s a positive stat for us as a team, I’ll take that.

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