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Reaction: Powell reflects on Blackpool

17 March 2018

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Blues boss Chris Powell was left frustrated after seeing his Southend side record their third draw in a week after with a 1-1 stalemate against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.

Marc-Antoine Fortune’s opener was cancelled out right on half-time by Clark Robertson but Blues had the chance to nick all three points late on when Jason Demetriou hit the post.

Powell said after the game that not winning for a while “bugs” him but felt there was still plenty to play for in the remaining nine games of the season.  

On the draw with Blackpool…

After the first minute where they clipped the bar, we slowly but surely got ourselves in the game, got ourselves ahead and had a period where, really, if we’d go the second goal that really would have got us going.

It was a real patchy game, as it panned out, with the way Blackpool played. They put us under pressure with a lot of balls direct from corners or just in open play and asked questions of us and I thought we handled it pretty well in the main.

Mark Oxley made some really outstanding saves and, again, wherever you’re playing in League One it’s really tough and I’ve always said I’ll commend and applaud my players because with the travelling, with the way the pitches are you have to play accordingly and play the conditions and they certainly did that today.

Even though we came under a bit of pressure second half, we still could have won it with [Jason] Demetriou’s chance that hit the post, but equally, they had a chance right at the death and it didn’t happen, so we take the point and we move on.

On Blues’ strikers…

It was an outstanding free-kick by Woody [Anthony Wordsworth] which hit the post and I’m pleased that we reacted and [Fortune] managed to toe it in, but people always look at your strikers when you haven’t been scoring.

We’ve been speaking about it and I felt we played with a lot of intent in that first half after we settled down and I thought some of our combination playing and crossing in the final third was really good.

Stephen McLaughlin had a header that went wide, I thought Demetriou again maybe should have had a shot, Coxy [Simon Cox] nearly got in on the end of one; we had real intent because we’re a side that I think can create, we just haven’t been converting.

I don’t want all the pressure heaped on the strikers, but ultimately that’s what they’re paid for.

On another draw…

Another draw; the positive is we haven’t lost but we haven’t won and we haven’t won for a while and that kind of bugs me a little bit, but I’m still learning and looking at my team.

Nine games, four wins, four draws, one defeat; I think a couple of those draws we could have converted and the loss was a big shock to the system, but there’s always a lot to pay for.

I think there’s your own individual pride, there’s pride in your shirt, pride in the football club and for your future and what we want to do in the future.

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