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Reaction: Powell on the Colchester defeat

10 October 2018

Southend United boss Chris Powell was keen to move onto Saturday’s league game against Gillingham after his Blues side fell to a 2-0 defeat in the Checkatrade Trophy to Colchester United.

Goals either side of half-time from Frankie Kent and Aaron Collins were enough for The U’s to claim victory at the JobServe Community Stadium and leave all four teams level on points in Group B.

After the game, Powell reflected on the defeat to our near neighbours before looking ahead to Saturday’s trip to Gillingham, while also giving an update on youngster Lewis Gard’s injury.

On the Colchester defeat…

I’m quite disappointed because I’ve asked players who haven’t been in the team to go and perform, ask questions of me to try and be the league team, and I don’t think too many did that this evening.

For all Colchester’s play, they had three [shots] on target and scored from two of them which is not great on our part. Poor first goal and I’ve got to remember, one or two lads have come in cold, we’ve got a young, inexperienced goalkeeper who is learning his trade and really we huffed and puffed.

We move onto winner takes all because everyone’s on three points, so the game against Southampton is basically a semi-final and Colchester/Cambridge will be a semi-final as well. Not a great day for us but we move on now to Gillingham.

On Lewis Gard...

The sour note is that young Lewis got an injury. I’ve just seen him and been sitting with him with the staff: he’s a bit high, he’s having gas and air – not that he’s having a baby – and he’s pain free at the minute but when that wears off he’s going to be in some agony and I just hope it’s not serious.

I think he’s going home [rather than the hospital]; I hope home, but I’m sure tomorrow once it all settles down, we’ll see if there’s any swelling. Ben Clarkson [our physio] knows what to do, he handles that so let’s hope young Lewis isn’t too seriously hurt.

On Saturday’s trip to Gillingham…

Tonight was the night for players to say, ‘I want to be on that team on Saturday’ and I’ve just said to the players afterwards, I’ll be amazed if anyone comes to me on Thursday and says I want to be in the team. Apart from Jason Demetriou, who won’t be here, the team kind of picks itself at the minute.

Gillingham lost tonight, they’ve rested a few; we all know that primarily the league is what we’re after. If we can progress in this competition I’ll be happy because it’s one that everyone should try and do well in, but I want to carry on the league form.

It’s been good unbeaten in four. Some people will say the unbeaten run has stopped, but I’m looking at it in the league and we’ve got to carry on all the good work. We’ve had two good away performances, let’s see if we can have another one.

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