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Reaction: Frustrated Powell on Crawley draw

10 November 2018

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Southend boss Chris Powell had a look at frustration about him as he spoke to the press following his side’s 1-1 draw against Crawley Town in the Emirates FA Cup 1st Round.

Blues dominated the first-half with Michael Kightly scoring early to give Southend a deserved lead, but John White’s own goal five minutes before the end means the two sides meet again in 10-days.

After the match, Powell gave his thoughts on the draw, bemoaning his side’s lack of ruthlessness in front of goal which eventually cost them the victory.

On Blues’ profligacy…

We didn’t take our chances; it’s not what went wrong, we’re not ruthless enough.

Should have been two, three, four-nil up at half-time – we weren’t and you take that – but if you don’t do it, what happens towards the end happens to you because at the minute when it gets a bit tough [we become shaky].

We’re still in the cup, but that shouldn’t happen today because we should be out of sight. We took it to them, deservedly got a goal, could have scored in the first minute, and you’ve just got to be ruthless; we’re not ruthless enough.

If you want to be a winner, whether it’s a cup game or league game, you’ve got to be ruthless and we weren’t and we should have put Crawley Town out of sight. All of a sudden it gets a little bit tricky, a little bit dicey and everyone can smell it apart from players at the minute.

On conceding another late goal…

We had one or two warnings and then it’s a poor goal [to concede]. We lost a bit of discipline and we need to get that back.

We still had chances but then they decided to go a bit longer. John White: could he have been sent off? Possibly. Lost his discipline against a tricky customer but you play him [Ollie Palmer] differently; you don’t fight him, why are you fighting someone who’s 6ft5?

All of a sudden they start putting long balls into the box, getting first or second [balls] and you’re just thinking, you’re finding it tough here and you’re starting to not play. That comes from maybe we haven’t won in the last few games, we’re 1-0 up and we’re thinking we need to just see it out.

You can see it out by still being on the front foot and still trying to score goals, but I suppose that’s what it is with this group of players at the minute. I suppose I can’t totally say it’s all us, I give them credit, they threw caution to the wind and got themselves an own goal.

On Crawley…

Credit to Crawley, I don’t want to be going on about individuals, I give credit to Crawley because we should have had more than enough. We’re League One and man-for-man we’re better than them, but on any given day they can produce something which they did towards the end and got their rewards.

We have to go to their stadium and do our best to get through to the second round. We’re not out, but we’re making it very hard for ourselves and to have another game when our squad’s as precarious and light as it is at the minute, it’s the last thing we needed. We’re going to have to play the replay in 10 days’ time and that’s it.

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