Chris Powell took plenty of positives from the 0-0 draw with Doncaster and says he’s starting to see signs of what he wants from his side.
Southend travel to Rochdale for the rearranged game at the Crown Oil Arena tonight to face a Rochdale team who have won their last two.
And Powell believes there were encouraging signs from Blues on Saturday.
“I felt Doncaster was a positive step in that, after our second half against Walsall, I wanted to see a reaction.
“I wanted to see us work hard for each other to get a result, and actually we could have won it. Mark Oxley made two outstanding saves to earn our third clean sheet in seven.
“For any side that has aspirations, OK we haven’t scored in a couple, but we’re starting to see a lot of what I want on a regular basis.
“I think with Rochdale and Blackpool we have to be focused and determined to carry on in the same way.”
Keith Hill’s team are in the relegation places but with as many as four games in hand on their rivals.
And Powell is adamant they are a better team than the Sky Bet League One standings show.
“They shouldn’t be where they are,” he added.
“Keith is a manager who has done well wherever he has gone. He’s got, not only a good tactical brain, but a good way of managing and a good way of thinking about his football. He’s back at a club he knows well.
“The time the game should have been on I was travelling up because I wasn’t manager then, their pitch wasn’t in great shape, but they’ve got a new pitch because of the Spurs game.
“Will that be a positive for us, I hope so because we can play good stuff.
“Beating Rotherham away and Walsall away they’ve got a bit of momentum. They’ve got games in hand but if you’ve got momentum you don’t mind that.
“That’s where maybe the Oldham game kind of stopped us a little bit because we were in a good place.
“We’ve just got to start that again. For me, we started that Saturday, and actually that point took us up a place which is a positive.”
In the midst of a three-game week, Powell is confident Blues will be prepared for two long trips this week.
“It’s always difficult and we’re no different to any other team when you have midweek games, the recovery time is very short.
“The turnaround of playing one game and getting over that and getting prepared for the next one is so quick that you have to be bright and organised in how you do your training, your recovery and also your post-match of what went on, on Saturday, but then looking forward and preparing for the next game.
“On top of that we’ve got a bit of travelling as well, but we’ve done it right.
“Everyone was in on Sunday, they got the work they needed individually and then we training on Monday on Rochdale, at what they’re good at and how we feel we can hurt them."