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Reaction: Powell on Walsall defeat

3 March 2018

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Chris Powell felt his Blues side let themselves down after suffering his first defeat as Southend boss with a 3-0 home loss to Walsall.

Erhun Oztumer’s hat-trick – the fourth player to score a hat-trick against Blues 0this season – was more than enough to end Southend’s five-game unbeaten run.

And after the game, the disappointed Southend boss gave us his thoughts on the defeat.  

On the defeat to Walsall…

I’m hugely disappointed with our performance and in some ways, in a perverse way, I’ve learnt a lot about my team.

I know the supporters have seen similar performances this year, but I hadn’t seen it myself and now I have. In a strange sort of way, I can learn a lot from that as manager.

When you look at it, 0-0 at half-time, it was a bit of a scrappy, ugly game – a bit like the pitch – but we had the golden chance to go 1-0 up and that’s a bit of a game changer.

You get your tails up if you go 1-0 up and we’ve all seen what we’re like when we go ahead in games. It didn’t happen today, but they’ve been going in for us. I suppose today it’s just gone against us.

I’m really disappointed, not only for our supporters but for all the people that put in the hard work to put this game on because that’s not befitting of us, that’s not befitting of my team and what I want to see week in week out.

The good thing is I know what they can do and they’ve done it before and they’ll do it again.

On the reasons behind the performance…

Whether it was because we haven’t played for two weeks or the weather, is it on, is it off, I don’t know, but it’s done now and I’ve said to the players we can’t do anything about that.

What we can do is make sure we’re ready all week and we’ve got to be right next week because I don’t want to see that again.

That’s not a Chris Powell Southend United team or a Chris Powell team, full stop. It’s disappointing but we’ve got to move on. It’s not great and it’s not great for our supporters.

We earnt their trust and we earnt their trust through quality, through endeavour, through doing the right things and we didn’t do the right things enough today to get anything from the game.

On putting the game behind them…

I’ll have to watch the game again unfortunately but that’s a learning process. I’m still learning about everyone. 

I know it’s been a upward curve for 6-7 weeks and we’ve earned the right for that, but in a way seeing that helps me move forward with my plans of how I see this group and how I see this football club.

I don’t want to see that too often, but I know it’s going to happen because that’s the nature of football but we let ourselves down today.

I think we’ve got a lot of making up to do and we all take responsibility for that. I’m their manager and I lead from the front and they’ve got to lead, as they have been, on the pitch and they’ll do it again.

I trust them and there are some good players in there. It just didn’t happen for them and that’s it now, let’s roll on next week.

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