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Powell: "Not too many teams get points or results here"

23 February 2019

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Southend boss Chris Powell thought his side had enough opportunities to pick up all three points at Accrington this afternoon but was happy to take the one following a 1-1 draw at the Wham Stadium.

Stephen Humphrys headed Blues in front – breaking his nose in the process – before Dan Barlaser equalised with a well-taken half-volley on the hour mark to share the spoils.

Following the final whistle, Powell gave his assessment of the draw in Lancashire as well as an update on the injury to Humphrys as he spoke to the press.

On the Stanley draw…

We had the better of the opportunities. It was a brave goal by Stephen Humphrys, and we definitely had the opportunities but it’s about composure in the final third. We are creating chances now, but you’ve got to take them when you come to somewhere like Accrington. Not too many teams get points or results here, that’s for certain, but we look on it as a missed opportunity really.

They had opportunities, don’t get me wrong, but we definitely had the better ones and it’s about confidence and composure in front of goal. It’s something you replicate in training, but you have to do it on game day and that’s the most important time.

Sam Mantom put in some brilliant balls from the wide areas but, as far as I’m concerned, you’ve got to get on the end of them. The opportunities we had, we didn’t hit the target, we didn’t work them enough and then we had the Sam Mantom possible penalty. You try and be honest and stay on your feet and you don’t get any rewards, that’s just how it is.

On another vital point…

It’s another point on the tally and I’d rather be doing that than a loss. We’ve lost too many games where we should have drawn them but now you just want to get the points to make sure we keep away from the bottom half.

We’ve got to care about ourselves. We’ve got some difficult games and we’ve had some difficult games – today and Portsmouth – and we’ve come out of it unscathed, not unscathed with injuries, but with picking up a couple of vital points.

They’re always vital for you and now we’ve got a real tough game at home to Barnsley.

On Stephen Humphrys…

Sadly for him, he’s paid for [his goal] with a broken nose and a concussion, so it’s more than likely he’s going to be out for a couple of weeks. He put us ahead, but it was worrying. I could tell straight away there was an issue, so hopefully he’ll be ok.

His family are here, he’s from up this way anyway, so hopefully he’ll be ok in the next few days. He did [go to the hospital] and I believe he’s still there, so we’ll wait and hear exactly what’s happened.

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