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Reaction: Powell frustrated and angry after Blackpool defeat

17 November 2018

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Blues boss Chris Powell said he was “frustrated” and “angry” following his side’s 2-1 defeat at home to Blackpool at Roots Hall this afternoon.

After Oliver Turton put the visitors in front, Southend battled to an equaliser through Jason Demetriou before Armand Gnanduillet nodded in Blackpool’s winner.

To add insult to injury, Michael Turner was brandished a red for an apparent stamp late on and after the game, Powell was tasked with trying to sum up his emotions to the press.

On the Blackpool defeat…

We started off well, bright, we were on top, put them under pressure, hit the post, fashioned another chance that we didn’t take and then [we concede] a poor goal again, and then for some reason we became edgy.

Then we just started to do some really crazy things that played into their hands and put everyone on edge, so at half-time, the players understood what I wanted from them: just show the crowd some energy, that you care, don’t be as sloppy.

We got in some good areas first-half and let ourselves down by our choices; second-half…we got ourselves back in it through sheer hard work and the bit I don’t like now is we feel that the job’s done - you’ve got to see it through.

On conceding late again…

It’s happened too often. We’ve just been in there for half an hour and I’ve said to them it’s at least six points that we could have had just through draws, just through stubbornness. I know the fans want us to go for it and we will still create chances, but a striker can’t have a free header in the box.

Maybe it was the euphoria of getting back in it, but you’ve got to be streetwise. Let’s just forget about most things, this is a dog-fight of a season already because it’s happened too often and at home as well. I don’t like that and it’s now time for the players to stand up and fight for the shirt.

I always defend them, I thank them for their efforts but there comes a point where they’ve got to do more, they have to do more because they have to, it’s as simple as that. I’m frustrated, I’m angry, for them to get themselves back in it and to let it slip, again.

That’s now five or six times that’s happened to us, that’s five or six precious points at this level, we can’t do it, at any level you can’t do it. At this level you need those points. We could be sitting here on 29, 30 points just through sheer bloody-mindedness but no. I’m frustrated with them, I really am. 

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