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Powell: "We’re going to keep our heads high because I think we should after what we displayed"

9 March 2019

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Blues boss Chris Powell was remaining positive despite seeing his Southend side drop a potentially vital two points after conceding a 96th-minute equaliser away at Blackpool.

With all the attention on the home side in a game dubbed the ‘homecoming’, Rob Kiernan gave Blues the lead before Arman Gnanduillet quickly levelled before the break.

Michael Turner then put Blues in front again early in the second-half before Taylor Moore’s own goal meant the points were shared and afterwards Powell gave us his view on the point.  

On the draw at Bloomfield Road…

I’ve got to applaud my players first. We’re usually disappointed and it feels like a defeat, but we’ve really got to make this point count. If we can back it up, we would look back on it as a really good point.

To get to the 95th minute withstanding everything they threw at us, to score a couple of goals from set-plays, we should have seen it out. I know it’s an unfortunate own goal, just bobbling off Taylor Moore, but what I’ve got to say is my players withstood all that went on today.

There are loads of positives because it’s been a tough time for us and it still is, but as I said to the players you’ve got to give us everything and they did that. They really dug in against a backdrop of everything going against them – the crowd, the day.

I suppose everyone has got a soft spot for Blackpool for what they’ve gone through, and I understand that. They’re part of the football family but we’re in it as well and I felt that the players played their part and unfortunately we just couldn’t see it through.

On a potentially vital point…

They’re all crucial, don’t kid yourself, and that’s why the point is crucial to us. We could have lost and it could have been even worse.

We should be walking out of here with three points in the bag but we’re going to keep our heads high because I think we should after what we displayed. We’ve got to go to Scunthorpe and turn this point into a good point when we finish the game at Scunthorpe.

We’ve got to remain positive and we’ve got to really look at it and say the next game is the most important one. That’s Scunthorpe and we have to prepare and get ready for that.

On the ‘Homecoming’…

No one spoke about us, it was almost as if Blackpool would get their three points and it’s going to be their day and I made sure the players participated in the game, made sure we were part of the game and actually we should have spoilt it totally for them.

They almost feel like it’s a great day for them scoring a last-minute equaliser but really, on reflection, we should be going back down to Essex with three points. It does hurt, but our support was terrific and I thought the players to a man, young and experienced, helped each other through the game.

It feels as if we’ve lost the game and that’s the tough thing at the moment. 

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