Blues boss Chris Powell gave a huge sigh of relief as he spoke to the press following Southend’s 1-0 win at home to Fleetwood Town this afternoon.
Simon Cox’s tap-in early in the second-half was just rewards for Southend who set-up in a new formation following three successive league defeats going into today’s game.
And after the full-time whistle had blown, Powell gave us his thoughts on stopping the rot, the “brave” new formation and his match-winner, Simon Cox.
On ending the losing run…
It’s been tough for us. First of all, I’ve got to say thank you to all the players, they’ve kept together, they’ve kept their belief, they’ve kept my belief in them because we have been playing well, but ultimately you’re judged on results.
We have been hurt with a couple of last minute goals here at home and you want your home to be a fortress, and then at Shrewsbury, we really sort of hit rock bottom for me in respect to how we are.
But I’ve got to say they’ve responded. They’ve listened to me, Kevin Keen, Damien Matthew, Lee Harrison and we kind of went back to basics this week with training and we changed one or two things just to see if it would change our fortunes.
I felt on the day we performed better than them with regards to our attacking play and we got a clean sheet as well, so I’m really pleased for them and especially our supporters. I can’t forget them, it’s been a tough period and they want to see their team win and it hasn’t been happening so that one was for them.
On the new set-up…
I lost Harry Bunn yesterday and we looked at playing a system we played today on Thursday, did it again yesterday and we just felt, let’s go for it. [There was a] bit of bravery because there’s three strikers on the pitch, but I thought to a man, every single one of them put in a real good shift.
Sometimes it’s not about tactics or systems, sometimes it’s just about your application and your willingness to wear the shirt with pride and to put a real hard shift in, so they did that.
With a new system as well and being brave with it, they settled into it well and we wanted to make sure we didn’t concede, and David Stockdale didn’t have a shot to save in the first or second half.
At half-time we said to them to keep doing what they’re doing and it’ll come. Don’t go chasing it too much because there’s plenty of time to go and obviously then we pounced on a mistake. Theo [Robinson] pounced on it and Simon [Cox] finished it off, so really pleased for the team and hopefully we can just try and build on it now.
On the match-winner…
They’ve all contributed the strikers this year. Even young Shawn [McCoulsky] who hasn’t had an opportunity recently, they’ve all scored goals.
Simon is a different type of striker, and I know he’s judged on goals, but he does do a lot of unselfish work; he links up the play and is involved in a lot of goals. If he can chip in every now and then like he did today, and it’s the winner, then I’ll be pleased.
And if it’s a scruffy goal next week that wins us it, and it’s a scruffy goal in the next 20 games, I’ll be happy with that and I’m sure our supporters would be as well.