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Preview: Powell on Doncaster

9 March 2018

Southend manager Chris Powell has seen a response in training this week from his players and hopes that will be the case on Saturday for the visit of Doncaster Rovers.

Blues suffered their first defeat since January last weekend against Walsall.

But Powell said that was put to bed on Monday and focus swiftly turned to putting things right against Darren Ferguson’s side.

“It’s been a good week,” said Powell.

“There are always one or two long faces on the Monday, but it’s my job to come in and pick everyone up. And when people say, how do you pick yourself up as manager, I’ve been around the block to know that you’re going to lose games and there’s times when you’re going to be disappointed, but it’s how quickly you get out of that.

“You’re allowed dips, not too often, but they happen and we move on. Our level of performance has been really good in my six weeks in charge.

“We’ve moved on from it and our focus has totally been on Doncaster now and the three-game week.”

Doncaster were one of many postponements in Sky Bet League One last weekend, and before that they were undone in stoppage time by Rotherham United in the South-Yorkshire derby.

Powell added: “I don’t know what their build-up has been like but we know we’re going to be in for a difficult game.

“I’m finding out pretty quickly after these six games that, it doesn’t matter who you play, you’ve got to be ready. We’ve done it to other teams.

“We’ll be right for the game and once that whistle blows it’s up to the players to show what they’re about.”

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