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Preview: Powell looks ahead to Blackpool

16 March 2018

Southend boss Chris Powell has warned his side against any complacency and insists there is still plenty to play for this season.

Powell’s charges head to Blackpool this weekend looking to get back to winning ways after three games without registering maximum points.

And the Blues boss was clear that a top ten finish should be the aim, whilst acknowledging that they aren’t safe from relegation just yet.

“There’s still a lot to play for. We want to finish in the top half or top 10, because that’s still very doable,” he said.

“There’s a very, very outside chance of anything beyond that, but equally we’ve got to make sure we aren’t dragged into anything that is going on below us because it’s very tight.

“I don’t want us to be involved in any of that, but I’m mindful that we don’t have enough points on the board yet.

“We’ve got to make sure that is dealt with and put to bed, but there is more to play for beyond this season.

“No one should rest, and I won’t allow anyone to rest because, I am looking at each game, but I’m planning beyond that, because I have to.

“I want this club to push onto bigger and better things.”

Blues face another lengthy journey on the road after their midweek game at Rochdale.

Powell revealed they will fly up to Blackpool to eliminate as much travelling time as possible.

But Powell will be pleased to have options at his disposal, as he welcomes John White back into the fold this weekend after the defender’s ankle ligament injury.

“We’ve looked after them with a bit of light training, nothing too heavy.

“At this stage of the season, it’s all about recovery and recuperation. 

“There’s no long-term problems. Rob Kiernan is the only one really and Ted Smith, but apart from that we’re looking at everyone being fit and available for Blackpool.

“John trained on Thursday and he’s been doing a lot of work with the medical and sports science department.

“He’s a good character and you know when he’s joining in with us he’s ready and fit and ready.

“Hopefully he will be involved with us at Blackpool.”

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