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Powell: "We need to look at it as an opportunity to bounce back in the league and take three points away from home"

23 November 2018

Chris Powell was pleased with his sides drive and determination against Crawley in the Emirates FA Cup which saw them run out 6-2 winners after extra-time and progress into the Second Round of the competition for the first time since...

The Blues boss wants his side to use that same mentality to push on and get much-needed points from the next couple of games as he looks to turn their recent run of form into a more positive outcome.

On the progressing into the Second Round of the Emirates FA Cup

“I think any win gives the players an extra yard in their running, it’s a good confidence boost for those who score or create the goals.

“It was an emotional game for the players, the supporters and myself. We came through it, but we still made some elementary mistakes that we must erase from our game. 

“But, I suppose when you come through a game and create the chances like we did, and let’s look at it logically; we should have ended the game in 90 minutes, but it’s the FA Cup and it throws up heroes it throws up goals from nowhere and our game against Crawley was certainly that. 

“We were very much in control in the ascendancy, the turning point in the game was that we could have gone 3-0 up, which I thought would have been too much of a high mountain for Crawley to climb, but fair play to them they got a goal from nowhere and then a well taken second, then all of a sudden there’s a different outlook on the game.

“I think Mark Oxley made just one save in 120 minutes, where up the other end we made their keeper work, we tested him and eventually we had to summon up some quality and some energy, and we certainly did. Let’s just hope that can help us against Wimbledon on Saturday and the many games after that.”

On the team’s recent results

“In some respects, looking at what’s happened in games recently we’ve had two very tough away games, and they are games that you look at to take something from, if you take a point away from home great, and everyone knows we’ve done a lot better away this year than we have at home.

“The Blackpool game will always hurt because of the way it happened but, we’ve got to take positives from Walsall, Southampton and the Crawley replay and hope that helps us.

“We are going to have to summon on a lot of our physical attributes, mentally we are going to have to be strong, stronger than what we have been too overcome any talk of fatigue.

“Anything that happens positively or negatively we know within two or three days we are going to have another game, there’s no Saturday to Saturday at the moment so I’m just hoping I can keep all the players fit compared to what’s happened to us for the majority of the season, I just hope that we’ve got enough quality and enough will power in the 18 man squad to get us results.”

On the Wimbledon game

“Wimbledon is always a tricky place to go to, even more now because Simon Bassey who’s in interim charge is someone that I know well, I’m sure that he would have been there on Tuesday, and  I know that he saw us play Crawley at Roots Hall.

“They haven’t been on a great run lately and they know that, so they’ve lost a good man in Neil, (Ardley) I liked the way he works but unfortunately he’s moved on and now they are trying to get something from somewhere and the difficult bit about it is that we don’t know what they are doing with a new appointment.

“They haven’t really spoken to much about it so whether Simon’s in line we just don’t know what they are going to do. 

“But, as always we need to look at it as an opportunity to bounce back in the league and do our best to take three points away from home.” 


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