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Reaction: Powell thrilled with Burton win

3 October 2018

Blues boss Chris Powell said he was “ecstatic” with his side’s turnaround after Southend came from 1-0 down to beat Burton Albion 2-1 at the Pirelli Stadium last night.

Liam Boyce’s goal midway through the first-half gave the home side a deserved lead before goals from Tom Hopper and Simon Cox secured Southend a third win in a row.

After the match, Powell spoke about the victory against the Brewers and how half-time came at just the right time for the Blues.

On the turnaround…

I’m glad you’re saying happy at full-time because I wasn’t happy at half-time, but I put that down to Burton, they were very good. I’ve got to give them credit, but we stayed in the game and that was the key. The Mark Oxley save onto the bar was the moment really that kept us in the game.

I had to rejig it and as the first-half wore on I was thinking: I’ve got to make a change here, I’ve got to do something, and the boys showed brilliant character, resilience, all those sorts of words that you need and we turned it around, which is brilliant.

I’m ecstatic, I really am, and to turn that around after a very good performance from Burton in the first-half, I think we were more than comfortable in the second-half and were the side that maybe deserved it overall. But Burton could have been out of sight, they really could have, so if ever a team needed a half-time to come, it was us, and if a team didn’t need it, it was them. 

On winning three on the spin…

It’s a good moment for us, in respect to the way we’ve responded to the three games that we lost before Fleetwood. Now we’ve beaten Fleetwood, Wycombe and now Burton – two away from home – and we can build on this and we have to.

I keep saying to the players, good teams churn out the results and just keep ticking along and doing what you need to do to win a game, especially in three-game weeks where it’s always massive. 

We’ve got six points now, so we’ll be doing our level best to try and crown [the week] off with a performance on Saturday. 

On being able to adapt…

I came here thinking we can get three points and that’s why we went with only one change, but the players now know that even when things aren’t looking great, like they were in the first-half, you can turn it around and we haven’t done that too often since I’ve been manager. 

For us to do that today is pleasing and I’m really happy that we’ve won away from home again, shown terrific application, even when we make changes. I’ve said to the players, I’m going to use the squad as we’ve Oxford coming up, we’ve got Checkatrade, but they were all magnificent tonight. 

That wasn’t my team first-half, but they dug in and what’s pleasing is we’ve been playing one way recently and we now know we can adjust it and play a different way and adapt and turn out winners in the game.

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