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Powell: "It’s vitally important that we get those points on board to get us to where we want to be.”

11 March 2019

Blues boss Chris Powell looks ahead to his sides midweek clash with Scunthorpe United, who like Southend are desperate for points to claw away from the relegation zone.

On the Blackpool result...

“After coming away with a point after what I thought should have been a deserved three it’s hard, but we have to remain positive and use it to try and build on the performance.  

"Away from home we’ve been better, stronger and we now need to do our best to make it into a real positive point; you have to look forward and take some positivity from the game. 

"It’s hard because everything was against us, even looking at the game and watching it back the number of decisions that didn't go our way, but of course it was the day of Blackpool coming home.

"I don’t think that anyone spoke about us at all, as if we were just turning up to be beaten, and we were a matter of seconds away from really spoiling the party, and that’s disappointing but there’s not much we can do about that now other than focus on Scunthorpe and focus on trying to keep them below us after the game ends. 

On facing Scunthorpe...

“I want to take three against Scunthorpe, of course I do, with the position we’re in we need three. 

“I know we are in a position where everyone thinks it’s ok but it’s so tight and I said after the Barnsley game that this week’s a real pivotal week for us.  

“We started it off in OK fashion, but could have been brilliant fashion away at Blackpool.  

“I want us to take something from the Scunthorpe game, but we’re going there to win the game, turn that point into a good point by making it four points from two away games, but it will be difficult for us and we know that.  

“Scunthorpe on a Tuesday night on the back of a real physical game is always hard and we’re going to have to call on our reserves of energy and really apply ourselves like the way we did for the majority of Saturday.” 

On picking up crucial points...

“I know it’s a cliché with the six-pointers, but it’s a must-win game, every game is regardless of who we're playing or where they are in the table, and we can’t underestimate them or any of our opponents in the remaining 10 games. 

“What we’ve got to do is be in contention and try and nudge ahead and be ahead, try and take the chances that come our way, be as clinical when we can, when we have our moments. 

"On Saturday we didn’t have loads of moments, but we were clinical and the moment that really changed the game was Simon Cox’s chance, and they are the types of chances I’m talking about, those moments in games that we have to take from now on. 

“We can’t feel too sorry for ourselves, I told the players that after the game, a lot of people after the game would have said that a point away to Blackpool on the backdrop of all that's going on would have been great, we know it should have been three, but we’ve got to move on. 

“It's now at the time that we’ve got to get around one another and produce performances that are worthy of this club and themselves and we’ve got to keep doing that because it’s vitally important that we get those points on board to get us to where we want to be.” 

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