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Powell: “The mentality has to be right."

7 March 2019

Chris Powell believes the mentality of his players is what needs to be right this weekend.

Southend were beaten by the best side in the division in the opinion of the Blues boss last weekend, and they will want to improve and try and get some valuable points on the board away at Blackpool this weekend.

And Powell said his side are right in the relegation fight and they need to be proactive in changing that situation immediately.

“Every game now is tricky because every other club in the division is either trying to get into the top six or striving, like many other teams, to make sure they’re not in the bottom four,” he said.

“The mentality has to be right and that means starting well in games and imposing ourselves, but stay in the game and be in the game.

“You want to be proactive and not reactive and do things in the right areas, not just once or twice but every single time you’re called upon.

“We’re in a situation but not one we can’t get out of.

“We have to fight and we have to battle and do what we need to do, and the only way is hard work on the training ground and to not only do it there, but do it on a matchday home and away.”

Blackpool are close to selling out their seats at Bloomfield Road for what will be a special occasion for the Tangerines following the appointment of a new board which has paved the way for a number of fans to lift their boycott.

Powell said training for his side has been “feisty” this week and that they should be excited to play infront of a big atmosphere.

“We know we have a mountain to climb and we have to climb it,” he added. “We know how close and how tight it is [at the bottom of the table].

“It’s been a feisty week. I think the boys are all angry with where we are and they want to put it right.

“You don’t want fights but you want be to show they care and they want to get us out of the run we’re on.

“We know every single game will be a real tough battle. We’re going to have to take full responsibility because it’s going to be a fight every game we play in.

“The next fixture against Blackpool and we’ll have to stand up and be counted.

“Everyone wants to play in good atmosphere’s and packed stadiums and that’s the case on Saturday.

“It’s about us spoiling the party as such. The performance is what’s needed.

“On the road we’re eighth in the table and we know our home form is nowhere near that.

“But we’ve picked up some good points away from home recently at Bradford, Charlton, Accrington so it’s in us to pick up a point or three on the road and that’s what we need right now.”

 


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