Chris Powell took plenty of positives from Blues’ 0-0 draw at home to Doncaster Rovers with the Southend boss happy to have seen an improvement from last weekend’s Walsall defeat.
Neither side could break the deadlock with both Mark Oxley and Rovers goalkeeper Marko Marosi pulling off impressive saves to leave both sides heading home with a point.
And after the full-time whistle had blown, Powell gave us his thoughts on the clean sheet, the pitch as well as the midweek trip to Rochdale.
On the clean sheet…
I thought after last week we wanted to make sure defensively that we were a lot stronger and in really difficult conditions, I thought everyone played their part in getting a clean sheet, especially Mark Oxley’s double save which was outstanding.
I thought the defenders stuck to the task really well and it was just a shame that we couldn’t crown it off by getting our moment to claim three points.
We haven’t had too many clean sheets this season and we needed to have a positive response to last week and I certainly got that.
On the state of the pitch…
I said to the players afterwards, I’ve got to commend you because it’s difficult. It’s difficult for both teams, of course, but we’ve got footballers out there and when the pitch has held up we’ve shown our quality but it’s very difficult.
I’m not here to blame anyone, let's make that clear, because it’s tough for a lot of teams around the country with the adverse weather but it really makes it tough to make it a decent spectacle.
You can’t exactly dribble out of your area, you have to make good decisions and try and get good balls into the midfield or the front men and put the opposition under pressure.
I always say to the players just try, make good decisions, play in the right areas and it does test you in a different way. And to be fair to them, since I come in we’ve dealt with our home games really well and we’re just going to have to do that for the rest of the season.
On being away from Roots Hall for a week…
This is our home and we’ll deal with whatever situation we’re in and we’ll adjust to it and get on with it.
We’ve been up [to Rochdale] already this year and that was really tough for the players and more importantly our supporters, but we have to play the game.
They’ve got a new pitch so that might help but they’re playing well. They got a positive result today, so we’re going to have to be rested and recovered because it’s will be tough.