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Preview: Powell expecting a reaction from Plymouth

28 March 2018

Southend United boss Chris Powell is expecting a reaction from Plymouth Argyle after they suffered their first defeat in nine games last weekend.

Derek Adams’ side were on the end of a disappointing 2-0 loss to Charlton Athletic, however they return to Home Park where they have won their last four outings to face Blues on Good Friday.

Powell goes in search of his second away win since taking over at Roots Hall, and he is hoping to use the basis of last weekend’s excellent performance as a benchmark for getting the three points.

“I like us to start strongly because it gets everyone in a good frame of mind,” said Powell.

“We like to do that at home and we certainly did that last week.

“Away from home can be a little bit different, but what we will be looking for is a positive start to get in the game and to quieten the crowd because Plymouth have a good support and always have done.

“I’m sure Derek [Adams] will be hoping his team bounce back from their defeat because they’ve been going well [before the defeat to Charlton].

“When you look at them you realise what this league is about because back in November they were not in a good place.

“It just goes to show with good backing, good management, good coaching and a group of players together, the confidence can grow.

“They have shown what can be done and in some small way that’s where we’re at now.

“In 10 games we’ve had one defeat and it’s propelled us into the top half, albeit by kick-off that might have changed.

“We have confidence and momentum and it goes to show what can happen over a few months.

Blues’ last win away from home came back at the start February, something Powell wants to change on Friday.

“We’ve got to make sure we stand up for ourselves, play our game and do things right because we feel where we’re at we can put another strong performance in.

“We haven’t won away since my first one. We’ve had all the draws but I would like to convert that on the road into three points."

Once again, the Blues chief will have some tough decisions to make when picking his team after the majority came through the Millers win unscathed.

“Elvis had a knock in the first half and his foot ballooned up, but he didn’t want to come off.

“He’s got a bruised foot but Demetriou is back from his escapades with Cyprus and generally everyone is OK.

“Only the long termers remain out.

“I can only choose 18, but we have two games in three or four days. You tend to think you’ll use your squad because there isn’t much recovery time so if anyone gets a knock on the Friday I know I’ve got some fresh legs to come back in.”

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