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Reaction: Powell on Checkatrade win

14 November 2018

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Chris Powell was pleased to see his much-changed Blues side brush aside Southampton’s u21s and reach the knockout stage of the Checkatrade Trophy on Wednesday night.

The Blues boss made eight changes from Saturday’s draw against Crawley, but three goals in 12 first-half minutes from Harry Bunn, Harry Kyprianou and Elvis Bwomono were more than enough.

All eyes now are on Friday’s draw to see who Southend will face in the second round and after the game, Powell gave his thoughts on the victory against the Saints.  

On returning to winning ways…                                           

We’ve got to make sure we don’t go too overboard because it was a very young Southampton side, but we still had to win the game, we still had to perform and that’s what we did.

We worked with them Monday and Tuesday and they kind of worked out who was playing, and we made sure we prepared correctly for the game and eventually we put Southampton to the sword.

A result at any level is good and for us, we had a bit of knockback on Saturday so it’s just nice to have a good result for everyone, nice feel-good factor, a young player from the academy also being part of the result, so all good and we now press on to Blackpool.

On a night of firsts…

Harry Bunn scoring the first goal and then Harry Kyprianou – they were all good moves and good balls in the box – and then I thought Elvis’ goal was a really good goal, I’m really pleased for him.

There were a few firsts this evening: Charlie Kelman coming on, first clean sheet for Nathan Bishop in his career and a first professional goal for Elvis, so to have three goals in the first 24 minutes kind of settled the tie really.

On Blues’ strange free-kick…

I didn’t get stick, they were confused like I’m sure most other people were. I just said why don’t we try one or two things in this game.

They were confused, they weren’t sure what to do. Lee Harrison brought it up and we tried it in training and it only works if it’s a direct shot on goal because, obviously, if it hits the wall, you’re offside so it’s a little bit of a gamble.

It’s something we might add to our armoury to try and confuse sides and score goals. 

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