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Blues boss looks ahead to Shrewsbury

14 September 2018

Chris Powell wants an improvement in concentration levels when Southend travel to Shrewsbury this weekend.

Blues have conceded late goalsat home to Charlton and Peterborough in their previous two Sky Bet League One games which have cost them a point in each.

Although chances are being created, Powell says ‘lapses of concentration’ must be eradicated.

“The two results have been tough to take, but being realistic they have happened and we can’t do anything about them now,” said Powell.

“All we have to do is concentrate on the next game, which is Shrewsbury.

“We have to go there believing in ourselves and what we have done in those games. It’s not like we aren’t creating chances to score goals and win the game, but lapses of concentration towards the end of games have cost us which ultimately has resulted in us losing the game.

“I’ve been very frank and open with the players. We’ve looked at things in all seven games and we won’t panic, we’ll still keep doing what we’ve been doing, but ultimately we have to keep it as tight as we can at the back because we know we can create to win games.”

Shrewsbury are still looking for their first win under boss John Askey after surprising everyone last season.

But they have drawn four of seven games including against second-placed Portsmouth last weekend.

“It happens to a lot of teams,” Powell added. “They couldn’t get over the line the play-off final, and they were in the final of the Checkatrade Trophy, so it was a wonderful year, and to emulate that is a tall order. Equally, with a new manager and losing some players, they are adapting.

“They had a good result last weekend against Portsmouth. They’ve got a way of playing at the minute and we have to overcome that.

“I know the stats in regards to wins, draws and losses, but ultimately League One you can’t call it. It’s whatever happens on the day.

“We’re going to have to make sure we put in a sturdy performance away from home like we have done at Bristol Rovers and Plymouth, where we should’ve really taken six points instead of four.

“I can take heart from we’ve been pretty good on the road so far and we need to emulate that up at Shrewsbury.”

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