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Reaction: Powell on Bury stalemate

13 February 2018

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Chris Powell’s unbeaten start as Blues boss continued with a 0-0 draw away at Bury on a freezing cold night at the Energy Check Stadium.

Southend had the better of the first-half chances whilst the hosts put Blues under persistent pressure early in the second-half, but neither team able to break the deadlock.

And after the stalemate, Powell gave us his thoughts on the draw.

On the Bury result…

On reflection, I think we just shaded it in regards to quality of chances created, we just couldn’t take them. In the first-half, we had a good 15-minute spell and we had them on the backfoot, and then again in the second-half, I think the best chances came our way but we just never took them.

Away from home on a really tricky, difficult pitch and a long way to come, I’ve got to be pleased with the attitude, the application of the players and a clean sheet. We haven’t had enough [clean sheets] this year as a club and now we’ve had two in my first four games so that’s pleasing.

They tested us once or twice. They’re a big side, very direct but that’s their game plan because they’re down in the lower reaches and they’ve got to do their best to get out of it, so we knew it would be a real tough game and I thought my players stood up to it really well.

I thought the defenders were outstanding this evening. We’ve got to take some plaudits from the game and some elements I thought were really good, and we look forward now to Portsmouth.

On the strike pairing of Harrison and Ladapo…

[I thought they were] good at times but you’ve got to remember how tough it is for them. They’ve been waiting in the wings and then they come into a game that’s a tricky pitch, against a side that’s going to be quite physical with them and I thought Shayon showed some good touches at times.

He had a thunderous shot which forced a good save by Ripley and he had another effort in the first half and the more he gets on the pitch and gets minutes, I think the fans will be really pleased with what they’ll see with him.

It was tough for Freddie and at times he had two centre-halves against him. He’s willing, he got himself in good positions and he got 92-minutes so I’m pleased for him and I’m pleased for Shayon that they got out there tonight and played their part in another point for us.

On the injury to Kightly…

Sadly, it looks like we’ve lost Michael Kightly; not sure for how long but he just felt a twinge in his hamstring. That’s what happens in three-game weeks, you always get players that are likely to get strains and pulls, just because of the sheer effort and the nature of the games now.

I’m pleased with what they’ve [the players] shown me and I keep saying to them, that’s what you’ve got to do - you’ve set the level, you’ve raised the bar. It’s a shame because Mike has created lots of chances, scored a couple of goals and looked lively again tonight at times.

We’re playing some good football and I’m really pleased with the football we’re playing. It’s just about taking the chances when we create them and when you lose a player it creates an opportunity for someone else and they have to take that when it comes their way. 

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