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Reaction: Powell on Dons defeat

24 November 2018

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Blues boss Chris Powell feels the club are in a “tough place” after Southend fell to a fourth successive league defeat following a 2-1 loss at AFC Wimbledon.

Liam Trotter’s own goal was cancelled out by Stephen Hendrie’s own goal in first-half injury time before Mitch Pinnock scored direct from a cross in the second-half to win it for the Dons.

Southend are now without a league point in November following defeats to Barnsley, Blackpool and Wimbledon and after today’s defeat, Powell gave his thoughts to the press.

On the Dons defeat…

Credit to Wimbledon in some respect for putting us under pressure. They played a basic game plan, they kept making us defend, kept trying to put it in behind us and that puts you on the back foot. I thought we were wasteful in possession at times and we needed to be a bit braver.

It’s a tough result to take because they’ve been in a tough place themselves and by the end of it we looked like the side that were in the lower reaches and that’s not good enough.

We’re going to have to go again on Tuesday because these games are coming around really quickly. We’ve let ourselves down and we’ve let our football club down today.

On Blues’ character…

I’ve got a decent group of players, but they’ve got to show more character, especially in adversity. I don’t want the cup results to cloud where we’re at because I’ve always said we’re in a tough place. Whether that’s with losses, with the loss of players, we’re in a tough place as a football club and as a football team.

As this game went on, we knew in the last few days what they would do, they would want to put crosses in and you’ve got to defend it manfully. You’ve got to stand up for yourself and, for the main, we did it but again we let a cross in and it causes a bit of havoc.

They’re two ugly goals really, but they count, and we didn’t stop the cross. Whether the keeper or defenders could have done better, it’s irrelevant now; that goal has gone in and it shouldn’t have, and in the end, we’re scratching around and we’re in a very tough place now.

On getting a reaction on Tuesday…

You’re always looking for a performance, you’re always looking for the players to take it to the opposition and we’re going to have to do that on Tuesday evening.

It won’t be an easy game of course, they never are, but we’ve got to be ready at 7:45 because it’s not good enough for us at this present time.

Let’s not talk about anything else, it’s just we’re better than what we’re showing but, unfortunately, we’re not showing that at this present time. 

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