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Powell: "When we get Roots Hall going it's a really tough place for opposition teams to visit."

24 January 2019

Blues boss Chris Powell looks ahead to Saturday's clash with Luton Town.

On building on a brilliant performance against Luton…

“It is and in many ways the game kind of takes care of itself. We’re playing against a side that have been unbeaten for a long time now and we know we’re going to be up against it regardless of what has gone on regards to losing Nathan Jones.

“Nathan is a coach I know really well from my Charlton days and he did a terrific job with them with regards to where that club was when he went in, to the momentum they’ve got from going up last year and carrying that on.

“I don’t see them changing much and why should they but when those teams come to town we have to turn up.”

On whether it’s possible to get a result against Luton…

“We know we’ve got it in us, we’re capable, but it’s about trying to achieve it and playing at the pace and intensity that we have to, to get any sort of result.

"We played at it last week and I know the majority of fans weren’t there but the ones that were there I’m sure would agree with me that it was our best performance but also, we played with an intensity that we need to at League One level”.

On relishing the challenge of facing a side 15 games unbeaten…

“Well, I hope they [the players] enjoy it. I never enjoy the games apart from when the whistle goes and we’ve won. When you’re a player you want to be involved in these games and test yourself against sides that are doing well and against players that are deemed to be at the top level in League One.

“I think they take care of themselves as long as we start well, manage the game well and have a start that will help us progress in the game. You can’t ask for a better start than 75 seconds last week because that really settles you down.

"Even so, it’s still a long way to go so we must be in it for the first 10-15 minutes, if you nudge ahead then great but we’ve got to be in it and put seeds of doubt in their minds and really approach it with gusto and real attitude, and I thought we had that last week. 

“Our attitude offensively was brilliant and also defensively, it was really good. It was almost as if we we’re saying 'you’re going to have to do something to get past us', so more of the same please.”

On getting the fans behind the side...

"It will but that's down to us to make that happen. I can't sit here and expect the fans to just be behind us all the way if we don't give them something. It will be two-fold.

"I know when we get that place going, and it will be a good atmosphere, then it's a really tough place for opposition teams to come to."

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