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Powell: "We need to give them more and I’m under no illusions about that."

21 September 2018

Chris Powell says he’s under no illusions that his side must give the Southend faithful more to cheer about.

Blues will want to bring an end to their three-game losing streak in League One against Joey Barton’s Fleetwood Town on Saturday.

And Powell says the supporters will be crucial in their bid to add to their points tally.

“They’re always important,” said Powell. “To me coming back here as manager they’re vitally important.

“They were terrific last year, and I think they’ve been terrific this year, but we just haven’t given them enough. We need to give them more and I’m under no illusions about that.

“We’ve lost three games at home and only won the one, and that’s not right. They come to see us at Roots Hall and we want to give the supporters an exciting time.

“In some respect we have but we’ve been on the wrong side of it. There have been plenty of goals, but we’ve been on the wrong side of it and I don’t like that.

“They’re important that they stay with us, support the young players but equally we’ve got to give them something to shout about and be proud of.

“We know the two home games were close, but they didn’t go our way and I’m realistic that we have to give the supporters something.”

The Cod Army installed a new manager ahead of the new season, that of 36-year-old former Premier League midfielder for Newcastle, QPR and Burnley, among others, Joey Barton.

And Powell is pleased to see Barton take the step into management.

“I’ve met Joey numerous times and regardless of who you are and what level you go into, whether you’re Frank Lampard, who has gone to a good club and a club I know, whether you go to Fleetwood or whether you have a lower club, you want a solid start.

“You want to learn quickly in how you deal with players and staff and stakeholders and all these things that nothing prepares you for.

“He’s done ok and I think results always help. The true test is when things don’t go your way, how you react, how you man-manage your group, how you pick them up, how you pick yourself up. He hasn’t gone through too much of that, although after his first game he must have thought what’s going on here, but since then they've been alright.

“I know he’s got good people around him, one coach I know really well Steve Eyre. He’s a terrific coach and I’m sure he’s very happy and will be looking to build on his start.”

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