Chris Powell said he “couldn’t have wished for any more from today” after Michael Turner’s injury-time winner secured Southend a 3-2 win against Scunthorpe United in his first game in charge.
Tom Hopper’s early goal was cancelled out by Michael Kightly with Stephen McLaughlin’s second-half goal being quickly snubbed out by Kevin van Veen before Turner’s winner late on.
And after the game, the new Blues boss gave us his thoughts on being back in the dugout, back at Roots Hall and a vital three points for Southend United.
On his return to Roots Hall…
I’ve got a say, it was a bit strange [being back out there] because I’ve graced the pitch many times as a player many, many years ago and just being on the touchline was a bit strange and then 10 minutes in or even less you go 1-0 down, you think welcome back to the managerial world.
I didn’t sleep too well last night. I said in my interviews leading up to this week, you want it to go so well, you want everyone to be happy, you want the players to play well and I couldn’t have wished for any more from today.
I’m sure there were one or two fans that left cause it’s the 90th minute but they’ve missed the winning goal so I’m disappointed for them, but I’ll tell them now, we’re going to have some fun.
It’ll work for us and sometimes it won’t, but we’re saying to the players I want to see shots, I want to see crosses and they gave me that today against a good side. We had numerous shots and their ‘keeper made some brilliant saves.
Was I nervous? Yes, I won’t lie. I didn’t celebrate when Michael [Kightly] scored but I certainly celebrated when we got the second and the third but fair play to the players and long may it continue.
On the performance…
I thought the players were terrific today, I’m really, really pleased with them. They’ve set the bar for me because there were so many things they had to overcome today; going a goal down, difficult conditions, playing against a powerful side that are up in the play-off places and obviously confidence and results have been in short supply.
We know we haven’t performed and this is only one game of 18. You’re going to keep hearing me say that because I don’t want anyone looking too far ahead, it’s always just the next game; no targets of the next six games, just the next game.
Today, looking at that game, it’s a tough game, tough conditions but they overcame the bad start with a fortunate goal. For me, it’s a quality goal because he’s [Kightly] putting in a quality cross. Sometimes it doesn’t matter [if he meant it] because I’ve played him and Stephen [McLaughlin] on opposite sides because I knew their quality can cause trouble and it certainly did.
I’m really pleased that it went in and it gave us a base, so I’m pleased for everyone today. It’s a nice feeling and no one has had that feeling connected to Southend since Boxing Day.
On lifting the spirits…
Everyone’s been saying to me it’s been a bit down and hopefully, we’ve given everyone a lift, but we know how football is; it can turn around pretty quickly.
It’s turned in our favour today and we’ve worked hard for that, we deserved that for the input the players put in and you’ve got to recognise we’ve got a young player out there in Yearwood who surprised me, I’ve only seen him two days and I put him in and I think there’s a player there, I really do.
They know that and they’re getting to know me and how I work, but they’ve only known me two days and that for me is great that they’ve listened and they’ve given me a mammoth effort and I can’t be more pleased than I am right now.