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Powell looks ahead to Sunderland

"It's a game that should inspire us."

25 October 2018

Blues boss Chris Powell is treating this weekend’s trip to the Stadium of Light to face Sunderland as just another game.

Southend will be taking on Jack Ross’ Sunderland who are unbeaten at home this season and have scored in every league game they’ve played.

But Powell isn’t worried about coming up against the former Premier League outfit and will be hoping to take the confidence from Tuesday night’s 3-0 win into the weekend.

“It was a good display on Tuesday so we’ve got to take confidence from that and what we’ve done on the road,” he said.

“It’s another test for us and one we know that will be tricky, but actually it’s a game that should inspire us.

“We’re going to a place which has seen Premier League football. They’re trying to re-build themselves as a football club but as I say to the players bring it on and let’s get on with it.

“It’s Sunderland Football Club in League One against Southend United Football Club in League One, so it’s another fixture and another game that both teams have to deal with and we’ll be doing our best to take something from it.”

Over 1,000 Southend tickets have been sold, so Blues will be backed on by a big following which will make for a great atmosphere with Sunderland averaging attendances at 30,000 this season.

And the Blues boss says his players should to relish the challenge of playing in front of a crowd that size.

“The players should be excited by it,” he added. “These are the sorts of games that you want to do well and show people you can handle the situation.

“If the crowd pick up and get vociferous and get loud, that’s why you play the game and it’s something that they would like to have week in, week out.

“It’s 11 players and actually sometimes you can make them feel the pressure more than you feel it, it depends on how you approach it.

“We’ll have over 1000 supporters which will be amazing because it’s such a long way away. I’m looking forward to it and the players and supporters should too.

“Going back a long time we had a brilliant record at Roker Park when I was a player here, we always got positive results there and became their bogey side so now as manager I would like that to continue.”


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