Blues boss Chris Powell cut a frustrated figure as he reflected on Southend’s 2-0 defeat against Shrewsbury Town at the Montgomery Waters Meadow this afternoon.
First-half goals from Greg Docherty and Lee Angol, the latter’s coming with the final kick of the first-half, were enough for the home side to secure their first win of the campaign.
And after the game, Powell spoke candidly about his side’s third league defeat in a row, saying that his side needs “step-up” or find themselves in a “dogfight”.
On the Shrewsbury defeat...
I’m at a bit of a loss with how we started. You’re playing against a side who obviously hadn’t won a game, so you want to get them edgy, then you give them a leg up so early, then you start playing and you become the better team, and then you have your chances.
I’m saying it too often now; I’m saying it too often that all this good football doesn’t count for anything if we lose the game. We’ve got to be more ruthless when we’re in those good positions and we did fashion some chances and played the better stuff, but you’ve got to take your chances when they come.
I know they made a miraculous save to make it 1-1, but you’ve got to take them, if that ball drops in that area we’ve got to take them. Now, we’ve got seven days until Fleetwood, basically we have to be 100% ready and be brave because that’s going to be a real test of our character next week.
On the late goals…
I’ve said to the players that that can’t carry on, it can’t carry on with last minute [goals] against Charlton, Peterborough and then today, last minute of the first-half where, if you come in at 1-0, you’re well in the game.
I keep saying to them, I can talk and talk, we can work and work on it, but once that whistle blows you’re going to have to put it into practice. It’s not like we don’t see it, it’s not as if we don’t do it or talk about it.
The second goal, it’s a corner, 46th minute, get yourselves in, be brave and see it out because then at 1-0 you’ve got a chance. At 2-0 you’re swimming uphill, again. We almost came through it last week, but no chances this week.
On the next game…
I’m not happy because we let ourselves down and we let our supporters down coming all this way, so bring on Fleetwood, that’s all I can say. We’re going to have to really step up and get ourselves going because we’ll find ourselves in a dogfight.
I know there’s a lot of games, but I don’t look at that. A lot of games or not, we’ve got to perform and perform over 90 minutes; not just for half an hour in the first half or 20 minutes in the second, it’s 90-plus minute game.
It’s a big seven days, whether they are training [days] or not, they’ve got to have a solid mentality to bring to the game next week whatever 11 plays. We’re trying different things and it hasn’t worked so we have to step up and get our fans on our side, and that’s by winning games.