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Reaction: Powell offers his thoughts following Rochdale game

13 March 2018

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Blues boss Chris Powell was once again pleased with Southend’s defensive display as they recorded a second successive clean sheet in their 0-0 draw away at Rochdale.

It was the first time since March 2014 that Blues had successive goalless draws with Powell saying his side’s lack of goals in recent games was “not a huge concern.”

After the stalemate at the Crown Oil Arena, Powell gave us his thoughts on the draw.

On the Rochdale stalemate…

We had to work terribly hard, you always do in every game, but I think we got to grips with it better in the second-half. I thought the first-half we didn’t get out of the blocks the way that we planned and that’s partially our fault, but also down to Rochdale.

They had one or two efforts on goal so we just needed to change it a little bit to show a bit more assertiveness, which I felt we did in abundance in the second period. We created the better chances in the second-half and I actually think we should have got a penalty as well.

I felt as the game went on, we were able to compose ourselves better. We knew Rochdale had a certain way of playing and it did work for them in the first-half, but we counteracted that in the second period and started to impose ourselves in the game.

On Fortune’s penalty appeal…

Marco has been excellent in the past two games and we asked him to do a different role today and his hold up play is exceptional.

You can see what a quality player Marco has been over his career and I felt he showed that at times tonight and he really showed his quality.

He beat their player and he was taken out, it’s as simple as that. It was a very strange performance from the official and that’s all I’m going to say on that one.

On Blues’ lack of goals…

It’s not a huge concern because we’re not losing. It would be if you’re losing, but it’s something that is obviously a stat that’s come up now in the past few games, but it’s something that’ll turn for us.

As long as we keep looking forward, as long as you keep looking to get quality balls in the box or sliding people in and having efforts. You’ve just got to make the goalkeeper work, you’ve got to ask questions of your opposition’s defence and if that happens eventually it will drop for you

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