Chris Powell looked like a relieved man after watching his side eventually triumph over Crawley Town in the Emirates FA Cup 1st Round last night.
Southend were 2-0 up at half-time only to be pegged back and be forced into extra-time. But a glut of goals in the additional half an hour secured Blues a place in round two with a 6-2 victory.
And after the win – which was the first time Southend had won a 1st Round tie since 2013 – the Blues boss gave us a few thoughts on the evening’s events.
On reaching the next round…
We’re not going to do things easy this season, I think everyone’s seen that so far.
Like most managers, I would have liked to have come here and won 1-0, but we’re 2-0 up, cruising, then they get their first goal and the second goal was offside – I’m not going to complain because of the final result - but obviously then it’s extra time.
We just seemed to panic, and we need to learn as a team, but in extra time we looked fitter, classier and our class told in the end and we could have got seven or eight.
A long night but our fans who have come all this way, but we’ve got through to a home tie against Barnsley. It’s been a real strange evening, but obviously, I’m the happier manager.
On more missed chances…
Their ‘keeper made a point-blank save off Simon Cox [at 2-0] and that would have been game over. But we know what it’s like, we know what the FA Cup is like and all those sorts of things go through your head.
Then they score after we should have gone 3-0 up. Mark Oxley didn’t have a save to make in the second-half and he conceded two goals, it’s just how it went. That’s the FA Cup for you at its best in many ways, but the players soldiered on.
We knew some of our play at times would cut them open. They were plucky, they’ve taken us to 120 minutes in the replay, but we’ve got through it.
It’s great for our fans who weren’t too happy at the end of 90 minutes, but they started singing we want seven towards the end so we turned it around in our favour.