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Reaction: Powell reflects on the 3-1 win over Portsmouth

17 February 2018

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Chris Powell continued his unbeaten run since becoming Blues boss as Southend recorded another 3-1 home win, this time against Portsmouth.

An own goal by Matt Clarke and a brace from Jason Demetriou – making him Southend’s top goal scorer – were enough to see off Kenny Jackett’s side who had Nathan Thompson sent off.

After the game, a delighted Blues boss spoke to the press and gave us his thoughts on the victory and the man of the match, Jason Demetriou.

On the Portsmouth win…

We didn’t play well and that’s the strange thing, but on the flip side, we found ourselves 2-0 up and I felt there was a lot more to come from us.

I must admit, it’s the end of a three-game week and it takes a lot out of you in terms of travelling etcetera and maybe that played a part in our start.

For me, they had a bit of the ball Portsmouth but I don’t remember Mark Oxley making too many saves, so really it was just about game management.

Of course, conceding a goal before half-time made it a bit edgy and we knew Portsmouth would come out and try and push us back, but I thought Michael Turner and Anton Ferdinand played really well and were clever in their defending

Can I complain? Absolutely not. The players have been superb with their efforts for each other and they’re enjoying their football and so they should. I keep saying to them, it’s what you do, and it seems like they’re listening to me at the moment and long may it continue.

On grabbing the vital third goal…

I don’t remember too many opportunities, they had one or two that flashed across of course and young Chaplin hit a shot wide early on in the second half, but you just want that [third goal] for breathing space.

You look at it and you think you deserve to be ahead and we had some situations where I wanted them to count. Shayon [Harrison] had a header which and I wanted him to get that goal; Coxy [Simon Cox] needs a goal but I can’t ever grumble with what they’re giving me and what they’re giving each other.

I keep saying to take care of your own individual performance because that lends to the team performance and normally that lends to three points.

Now I’m a bit disappointed about Tuesday’s result [against Bury] because I just think we’ve been exceptional. Seven points from three games, two big sides coming here to Roots Hall and we’ve beat them both 3-1. I’m really proud of the football club this evening.

On the match winner Jason Demetriou…

I gave him a standing ovation, I felt he deserved that.

He’s brave, he wants to go forward and I don’t want to curb that. The only times I don’t want him to do that is when we’re under the cosh as you need to manage the situation, but that’s his game. He’s a full-back that wants to defend but also wants to fly forward and that will help in our attacking prowess.

[He’s] quiet and unassuming, he doesn’t say very much but trains well and he took his goals well today.

I’ve been told the third, his second goal, was an own goal and the players were laughing afterwards but I gave it to him and he deserved his standing ovation and man of the match display, and there were many, many others not far behind him today.

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