Chris Powell didn’t get the birthday present he was after Ivan Toney’s late winner condemned Southend to a 3-2 home defeat against Peterborough United.
The Blues boss, who was celebrating his 49th birthday today, saw his side come from 2-0 down to level 2-2 through Tom Hopper and Stephen McLaughlin before Toney nicked it late on.
And after the full-time whistle had blown, Powell gave us his thoughts the defeat which was Southend’s third home defeat so far this season.
On the late winner…
It’s a tough one to take because the boys showed tremendous resilience and character. I think on the balance of play we were the better side with regards to attempts and their ‘keeper made some good saves, but we keep getting hurt and we need to manage situations better.
They were poor goals to concede but to find yourselves not 1-0, but 2-0 down and then to come back and show everyone that you can play against the league leaders, and show everyone that you’re a good team, you’ve then got to manage the situation.
We spoke all week about how they like to counter and, in the main, we managed that well, but not well enough. I’ve turned around and said to the players that sometimes we’ve got to go a bit uglier.
If you find yourself 2-0 down and 2-2 with a few minutes to go, you’ve got to take something from the game. It’s happened today but it’s happened last week as well against two sides that will be fancied and we more than matched both.
On loanee David Stockdale…
We know it’s only for a short while and it’s tough for him because he only came in yesterday. He knows some of the lads, but not all of them, and I always think it’s a tough situation for any player but especially a goalkeeper if you just turn up and you’re playing.
He’s been a good addition with regards to our training, he’s a top-class goalkeeper and it’s something I felt we had to do and he’ll grow with us. We’ve only got him for another two games, Shrewsbury and Fleetwood, and after that’s done then Mark Oxley comes back in.
Fair play to David to come in and be as vocal and as dominant a personality, but he’s hurting like everyone else that we haven’t taken something from a game that I feel we should have on the balance of play had taken something from.
On restoring confidence…
I know it’s early and what have you, but you can’t keep saying that. We’ve had seven games, seven points; we should have more but we haven’t and that’s the reality. We have to remain positive, of course we do, because that’s the only thing that can move you forward.
I know confidence will be fairly low because when you get results and you score goals, that normally picks you up and it picks everyone up, so it’s my job to pick everyone up. My players and my staff, and more importantly our supporters.
We’ve got to go to Shrewsbury and get something from it and when we entertain Fleetwood and we’ve got to do the same.