Southend United manager Chris Powell felt his side’s tough training regime took its toll during yesterday’s 1-1 draw with Aberdeen’s development team.
Amadou Ba’s opener for the Shrimpers was cancelled out by a second half strike from Ethan Ross at the Oliva Nova resort in Spain.
But Powell took plenty of positives from the clash which was played in scorching sunshine.
Thoughts on the game...
It was a good test for us. Scottish teams compete and their attitude is always first class. Paul (Sheerin) brought across a really competitive squad and I knew it would be tough because we’ve worked the players hard.
We’ve had two very hard days because it’s a training camp and we knew that might show in the game. We went 1-0 up and won the first half if you like and there were some good things going on.
But in the second half we looked leggy and looked as though the work we’ve been doing had caught up with us. It was a poor goal we gave away by our standards but overall it was a good work-out."
On Amadou Ba's goal...
Because Amadou was signed I think people think he’s this experienced Frenchman but he’s still very young. He’s only 19 or 20 but he’s shown some good things in pre-season which is what you want.
You want people to impress and show they mean business. The majority of players have done that but one or two haven’t.
That’s why we have five or six weeks to get ready but I’m pleased for Amadou and it’s good for him to get off the mark.