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Reaction: Powell on Defeat at Coventry

29 December 2018

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Chris Powell was disappointed to see out 2018 with a defeat as Jordy Hiwula’s strike was enough for Coventry to beat Southend 1-0 at the Ricoh Arena this afternoon.

Hiwula popped up early in the second-half to score the decisive goal, but the Blues boss felt his side were hard done by as Tom Bayliss was apparently offside in the lead up to the winner.

Southend though left the Ricoh empty-handed as they failed to build on their Boxing Day win at Oxford and after the game, Powell gave his thoughts on the defeat.

On the winning goal…

Before I talk about us, it’s an offside goal and it’s quite a straightforward decision. I thought the referee and the assistants were good; I know many a time we’re complaining about them, but I thought they were pretty good today, but they’ve missed that one.

It’s an offside goal, not the player that scores but the player who’s just behind Timothee Dieng receives the ball and after a slick pass it’s a goal, so I’m disappointed in that respect.

On the defeat…

I thought we grew as the game went on and I thought we got stronger and stronger.

Nathan Bishop had one save to make and we had the better of the chances, but you’ve got to take them and in a tough period like this, to get four points from two away games would have been decent.

We were confident after the other day, but I didn’t see us being in loads of trouble. Of course, they’ve got some decent young players here, but we should have taken something from the game over the course of the 90 minutes. There’s no way they should be walking away with three points.

As I said to the players, their efforts and their application was very good, and the performance got stronger. We were on the receiving end of a defeat but in three days’ time, we’re playing at Roots Hall which is a huge game.

On New Year’s Day…

I wanted to take something from this game and it’s disappointing that our fans have seen a loss and we’re back to the consistent in our inconsistency again after winning at Oxford.

We wanted to back it up today with something but unfortunately for us, we’re empty-handed, but the performance I felt warranted more. It’s over now and we’ve got to think about New Year’s Day.

I’ve had a home game last season and the away game this year [against Gillingham] and I’ve done OK against them, and I want to do that again, so we’ll see. They’ve lost today so they’ll be looking to bounce back so it’ll be quite a lively game and let’s hope 2019 starts in our favour. 

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