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Powell: "We need to start winning a few more home games and hopefully we can do that against Blackpool."

16 November 2018

Southend United manager Chris Powell says his side would like to be higher in the league and they way to get to it is by starting to win games at Roots Hall…

Powell’s squad comfortably beat Southampton U21’s in the Checkatrade Trophy on Wednesday night and Southend will be looking to use this to start a run of form in the league, but with a number of upcoming games the Blues boss will have to use all the resources at his disposal.

“I think that all the players know that somewhere along the line they will get an opportunity, especially with the number of games we’ve got coming up.

“The Checkatrade Trophy result on Wednesday was a real positive result for us, but we know where we’d like to be and that’s to be higher in the league, it’s a real tough league and we all know that. 

“We have to have all our focus on that before we even look forward to other games like the cup. 

“We’ve got a lot of games coming up Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday and then another Tuesday and now an extra game with the Checkatrade Trophy. Hopefully we will have another one in the FA Cup as well. 

“It’s been tough for us in recent weeks with players coming in and out, having knocks and long term injures, but the players that are fit will know that they will be playing games and I have to keep them on their feet.

“I want the other players to push one or two fellow players so they know that they are not fixed in the side, so they know that someone else is always ready to come in and play, whether that’s a young player or not.” 

Blues will be looking to get their first win in the league since the Walsall game but it will be tough against a strong Blackpool side. 

I was able to play some youth players on Wednesday which meant that I rested two or three senior players and those games help with our injury problems, but our focus is now on Blackpool.

“I have to get the balance right with all these upcoming games. I have to get the balance right with the starting XI and with the 18-man squad and hopefully, we can do our best to earn three points against Blackpool. 

“They are a tricky side, I watched them myself when they went and played Arsenal in the Carabao Cup. We also had them watched against Gillingham and they played a completely different style to the other match. 

“They’ve got a lot of different personnel in the squad and they pose a real threat in the league. 

“Terry McPhillips side will prove to be a real tough test for us, but we need to start winning a few more home games and hopefully we can do that against Blackpool."

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