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Reaction: Powell on 3-1 win against Wigan

10 February 2018

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Chris Powell made history this afternoon by becoming the first permanent Blues boss to win his first three games in charge at Southend following a 3-1 win over Wigan Athletic.

Goals from Michael Turner, Marc-Antoine Fortune and Michael Kightly ensured Powell maintained his 100% start since taking over at Roots Hall, ending Wigan’s 16-game unbeaten run.

After the match, Powell gave us his thoughts on the win against the League One leader’s but was sure to not start looking any further ahead than Tuesday night’s trip to Bury.

On making Blues history…

I heard about it in the week and it doesn’t mean much to be honest. I think everyone likes plaudits, but it was just all about today and getting the team ready for what we knew would be a tough game.

We negotiated it brilliantly and I thought the players, to a man, stuck to what we spoke about and I’m really pleased for them. My only thing is that we don’t have a week to bask in the glory of it.

We have an important game, if not a bigger game against the side that is bottom of the league [on Tuesday]. It’s good for everyone today and we can have a nice Saturday evening, but I’m already thinking about Bury.

On Southend’s turn around in fortunes…

Once I accepted the job, I quickly realised Scunthorpe at home, Peterborough away and Wigan at home would be a very, very tough run of games, but the players have responded.

The players are working hard to stay in the position of being in front in games and any setbacks we’ve had, we’ve just dusted ourselves down and got on with it.

I’m disappointed that we haven’t got a clean sheet, that would have been really good us against Wigan, but they’re always going to test you with the players they’ve got, with the squad they’ve got.

They’re a good team, they’ve got a good manager but I’ve got a good team as well and I actually look around my dressing and think there are some good players in here.

Regardless of what’s gone on earlier in the season, all I can talk about is the support and the effort that I’ve had from them and the application from my staff, and more importantly from our supporters and the club.

On Tuesday’s trip to Bury…

In some ways, it’s harder because people expect us to carry on in the vein that we have been and Bury won’t allow that and I won’t allow that.

We need to make sure that we’re recovered and we’re fresh. I’ll look at the bodies, I’ll look at the squad because this is where it is vitally important that you get the right team out there who have the energy and have the right tools to deal with what lays ahead against Bury.

We’ve got a few aching, creaking bodies there but they’ll be fine. When you’re in a good place you always dig deeper to play and you find the energy and there’s some quality there today.

That’s what I like about us, we’ve got some real quality and we’ve got to show it each and every game. They’ve earned the right today and they’ve shown everyone that they’re a good team.   

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