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Reaction: Frustrated Powell on cup exit

1 December 2018

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A frustrated Chris Powell couldn’t hide his emotions when speaking to the press following Blues’ 4-2 defeat to Barnsley in the Emirates FA Cup.

The Southend boss felt that Blues had grabbed an equaliser in the 90th minute only for the officials to rule the goal out for offside to the bemusement of the Roots Hall crowd.

Mike Bahre’s strike would wrap up the victory for the Tykes shortly after the disallowed goal to send Blues out and afterwards, Powell gave his thoughts on the defeat.

On the disallowed goal…

It is disappointing in the end, but we should have got back to 3-3. We get the second goal, that gives us a chance, and then without a shadow of a doubt we’ve scored a legitimate third goal.

I’ve asked the officials and they’ve told me the goal scorer was offside. I’ve been in to see them and they said the goal scorer was offside, they never mentioned about the two lads that are running in but they’ve got a defender as well.

It’s a goal, it really is a goal and that’s 3-3 and then, of course, you either get the fourth or it’s a draw, but we’re chasing it and it’s 4-2 in the end. Massive, massive turning point and the point in the game that everyone will go home talking about.

On more problems from corners…

We played a good team and they’re a very good side. It’s 1-1 at half-time but then we conceded a poor second one and the third one really killed us.

[Kieffer] Moore’s a difficult customer, he scores from corners all the time. They put in some decent balls, but the second and third goal they shouldn’t happen.

They’re individual mistakes and quite recently we’ve been better at it. For all their good play, they got three goals from corners and two of them are down to us.

It’s a cup game, we were in it, got it to 3-2 and it should have been 3-3, it’s as simple as that. Whether we would have gone on to win it or not doesn’t matter, it should be a legitimate goal. I had to make decisions on making positive changes, you have to gable and it so nearly paid off.

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