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Powell: "We shouldn’t be in a position like that."

22 February 2019

Although watching his side come from 3-0 down last weekend provided a lot of satisfaction, coupled with relief, Southend manager Chris Powell says it’s not a position he wants to be in again.

A Simon Cox hat-trick salvaged a point, which felt like three at full-time, with a hat-trick against Portsmouth last time out.

And Powell was delighted with his side’s courage in difficult circumstances but added the message to his players this week has been about ensuring they aren’t giving themselves a mountain to climb in the future.

“It was unacceptable in a way because we shouldn’t be in a position like that to show everyone what we can do,” said Powell.

“On the flip side the courage, determination and character to come back from three goals down is the tallest of orders at any level.

“It’s very rare teams come back from that so I have to give them the plaudits in that respect.

“But we shouldn’t be in that position in the first place and I’ve told the players in no uncertain terms, respectfully, that.

“They’re my players, they’re our players, they’re this club’s players and I have to support them and do my best to keep them going when things are going against them.

“I love them and I love their work rate and how they want to do well. That’s what you have to have.

“I know after the game everyone is high and Simon getting the hat-trick is great.

“But I would rather it was a winning hat-trick. Generally, you win the game when you score a hat-trick.

“It wasn’t a pleasant 30 minutes that’s for certain, but after that everyone would be proud of their team in adversity.

“There are some real positives I can take but it’s a game I don’t want to go through in the remaining 13 games.”

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