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Powell: "Once the second goal goes in you can see the confidence drain"

12 March 2019

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Southend boss Chris Powell felt a lack of confidence was to blame for Blues’ collapse against Scunthorpe last night and was keen to look forward to Saturday’s “huge” game against Wimbledon.

Simon Cox’s early opener at Glanford Park was cancelled out by Tom Pearce’s fortunate equaliser before goals from Tony McMahon, George Thomas and James Perch put Blues to the sword.

And after the game, Powell reflected on a damaging night for his Southend side before stressing the importance of this weekend’s crunch game against Wimbledon at Roots Hall.

On the second-half collapse…

The confidence is low and once the second goal goes in you can see the confidence drain from the players, especially after the first-half. I know it’s a fortunate goal [from Pearce], but it’s still a goal, and their first two goals are fortunate, then we’re chasing it.

Nathan Bishop slipped on the third one, then the free header – which you cannot do at any level -  and we come away with a hiding which was disappointing after the start, the application and the forward play, but we needed to make it count.

On the threat of relegation…

It’s been looming for a long time. I’m not going to stand here and say all of a sudden it’s there; it’s been looming for a long time for many a team and we know how tough it can be.

There are nine games, 27 points. We haven’t got enough points on board so, with regards to who we’re playing, it’s absolutely huge. I’ve addressed the players that no matter what happens between now and 3 o’clock [on Saturday], we’ve got to get used to how it’s going to be.

The crowd are going to be edgy, it’s not going to be bouncing. We need the support but we have to give them something and we haven’t given them enough.

Saturday will be a game where they’re going to have to give every single thing they’ve got. I don’t care who’s playing, you have to because we are in a predicament. We are in a really tough place and they’re the only ones that can get us out of it.  

On Saturday’s game against Wimbledon…

I’ve said to the players that this is the biggest game we’ve had in a long time, whether you’re a young or older player, it’s a big game. It’s the biggest game for us in ages because we have to pull out a result from somewhere.

We know we were close the other day, we looked in the ascendency today to begin with but as the game went on it was obviously getting harder and harder for us. I think it’s not even the physical aspect, I think mentally now they’re finding it very difficult with regards to trying to turn it around.

We have to get home and overcome this very quickly because Saturday is the biggest game of our season so far. 

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