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Reaction: Powell reflects on Oxford stalemate

6 October 2018

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Chris Powell said that this afternoon’s game against Oxford won’t “live long in the memory” with Blues left frustrated following a 0-0 draw at Roots Hall.

Simon Cox went closest for Southend in the first-half with his strike hitting both crossbar and post before John Mousinho almost nicked it in the 95th minute, forcing a save out of Mark Oxley.

After the match, Powell gave us his thoughts on the draw against the U’s and took the positives from a frustrating afternoon at home.

On the stalemate…

It’s not one that will live long in the memory, but I’ve got to be pleased with at least taking something from the game. A clean sheet and seven points from the week or 10 points from our last four games is a good return, especially where we were a number of games back.

We hit the bar and maybe with our first-half display we should have nudged ahead but it was a very scrappy affair second-half. Not much going on at either end and really difficult conditions, but I’ve got the commend by players for the effort they’ve put in.

It’s been a real tough week and we haven’t lost, so I’ve got to take one or two positives.

On Oxford…

They were stubborn. They’ve got one or two decent players and they’ve been doing ok, I think their position is not reflective of the team they are; they’ve been hurt by a few mistakes.

It was a real dogged away performance by them and they could have nicked it at the end – Mark Oxley made a good save – so really a point apiece, we’re both going to move on pretty quickly from this game.

On changing shape…

I think we started off very well with playing our three at the back, but we had to change it [after John White’s injury] and it kind of fragments it a little bit with regards to your game plan and what you set out to do.

We did work the ‘keeper with one or two balls in the box, but really our final cross or pass wasn’t quite right and they’re the things you want to improve on.

Unfortunately, we lost a player and hopefully he’ll be ok, but we move on and the players that came on tried to affect things, but it was a tough old day. 


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