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Powell: "We’ve got to understand the severity of where we are"

2 March 2019

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Blues boss Chris Powell said that his side are “in a fight” as Southend’s winless run was extended to seven games following a 3-0 home defeat to Barnsley this afternoon.

Despite Jacob Brown’s sending off, goals from Cameron McGeehan, Cauley Woodrow and Jordan Green secured a comfortable win for the visitors who extended their unbeaten run to 15 matches.

And after the defeat – Blues’ 10th at home this season – the Southend boss made it clear his side were in a difficult place with 11 games of the season remaining.

On another home defeat…

It’s been a real tough one for us this year at home and I have said numerous times that this should be the place you’re happiest, you’re most comfortable but quite clearly, we don’t and it’s really hard to take.

The first half we competed well, had flashing moments but we know that sometimes 10-men can galvanise you and we showed complete naivety and inexperience with the players that are out there.

It was against a very good side; a very energetic, youthful side that has good experience at this level and we left ourselves too open. We gave the ball away for the second goal, first one hit someone’s back and the third one we’re chasing it. It was a very tough afternoon, second-half for sure.

On playing against 10-men…

I thought it was a strong tackle, I haven’t seen it again, but the referee was closer and he was very immediate in his decision, so he made that decision and you move on.

I know people always feel that’s something that will give you the ascendency. You need to be patient, you need to use the extra man, you need to pass it effectively, quickly and don’t always go just gun-ho because you can get them out of shape and we didn’t do it enough.

I still felt we were a bit edgy and nervy with the ball when really that should galvanise you as an individual and as a team to try and use that to your advantage. We’ve been through that recently where it can really help the 10 sometimes.

Especially because we haven’t been great at home, the pressure is even more. The players didn’t really handle it anywhere near the way they should have done.

On how to end the winless run…

I’m going to have to find something. I’ve been in with the players quite a long time and I’ve just said to them that I’m going to have find something from somewhere – whether it’s the players that didn’t play or it’s even younger players – but the inexperience at this level showed.

I’m going to have to look at what I have. Rob Kiernan and Harry Lennon, they’re on their way back; they’re not fully there but they’re going to have to be now. We have 11 games and we’re in a fight, don’t underestimate that. I’ve told the players, don’t ever think we’re ok because we’re not.

Quite clearly, we need to get points on the board. We’ve got a really pivotal week – Blackpool away, Scunthorpe and then Wimbledon at home – and we have to be ready for next week for sure. We’ve got to look after ourselves, we’ve got to understand the severity of where we are and the enormity of where we’re at.

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