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Reaction: Powell on Sunderland defeat

27 October 2018

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Southend boss Chris Powell was less than pleased with some key decisions that went against his Blues side in their 3-0 defeat to Sunderland this afternoon.

Powell particularly focused on a decision not to give Southend a penalty for a foul by Tom Flanagan on Dru Yearwood which would have given Blues the chance to level before the break.

And after the defeat, Powell gave us his thoughts on some of the decisions, his own side's wastefulness in front of goal and an injury update on Ben Coker.

On the decisions against Blues…

I don’t come on and complain, very rarely, but I’m not having what I’ve seen today from the referee with regards to the stonewall penalty on Dru Yearwood and then a booking for Harry Bunn when he gets the ball. Then Dru Yearwood gets booked for one tackle, [Lee] Cattermole has about three and then he cleans Dru Yearwood out and gets no booking.

I know they’re only human like everyone else, we all make mistakes, but I can’t have that. They’re belittling us, I’m not having that. Don’t belittle Southend, me or my players because that’s just scandalous.

They score, fair enough, and really, we’re in the game. Their keeper made a few good saves, we worried them but then the second-half, we start the same and they score a wonder goal. You’re 2-0 down and then you’re chasing it, I accept that, but some of the decisions that went against us, I can’t have that.

On Blues’ missed chances…

They’ve got an embarrassment of riches and we came here and really gave them a game for a good hour, but after that, we’re chasing it and it’s very tough. We still had more chances, more efforts on goal but we’ve got to be more ruthless.

They don’t come that often and we said to the players we will get opportunities, we will open them up and we will get balls into the box and slide people in, which we did, but they didn’t count today. When you come to somewhere like this, you’ve got to take the opportunities that come your way.

Really, you’ve got to be as ruthless as you can because they will get opportunities and then you’re looking for your defenders or your ‘keeper to play at the top of their game. But it’s when you get them; we came here to get something and we’re walking away with nothing and we have to just go again next week at Barnsley.

On the mounting injury list…

I don’t have [any update on Ben Coker], no.

Again, we’re getting tested to the limits and we’ve never been the biggest squad anyway and now within a few days I’ve lost Harry Lennon and Tom Hopper early on on Tuesday; lost Ben Coker early on today and I don’t know the extent of it.

It didn’t look great. I don’t know what’s gone on, I really don’t with regards to serious injuries that we’ve had. I just plain hope it’s not that bad for Ben.

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