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Powell: "Confidence is obviously low and it’s a result that’s really tough to take"

16 March 2019

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Southend manager Chris Powell said he, like everyone associated with the club, was feeling “pretty low” following AFC Wimbledon’s 1-0 win over Blues at Roots Hall this afternoon.

Former striker Joe Pigott scored the decisive goal, capitalising on a defensive mix-up to slide Dons off the bottom of the table and leave Southend outside the relegation zone on goal difference.

Defeat extended Blues’ winless run to 10 matches and after the full-time whistle, Powell spoke candidly to the press about the defeat and Southend’s current situation.

On the home defeat…

I’m sure like everyone connected to Southend United, [I’m feeling] pretty low. It was a game that was very scrappy, very edgy, and a game that didn’t have much quality.

Really, you’re looking at a game that is either a horrible, forgettable 0-0 or a mistake in favour of one of the sides; unfortunately for us, it counted against us.

They didn’t have much that troubled us but if you make a mistake like we did, you get punished. They seem to be falling for the opposition and not for us, and we’re finding it very tough.

Confidence is obviously low and it’s a result that’s really tough to take.

On his own future…

As a manager, you understand the business you’re in and I get it, people are going to be negative because you’ve not won football matches. But I always have belief in myself, I understand the position that I’m in and I understand the position we’re in as a football club.

I understand why you asked that question and I understand why the fans won’t be happy, I really do. I’m not one to shy away from that, I always believe in myself and believe in what we’re doing.

If we get through this period, I can see what’s here in the long-term and what we can be. But of course it’s about the here and now and we need to address that ASAP, because as each game goes by we now find ourselves just outside the bottom four and we need to stay out of it.

On wanting to fight on…

That’s my job – I’m here to get this team and squad through good times and bad times. I’ve had the good times and now is the bad times, and I have to do my best to get them through it because that’s the role of a manager.

Management isn’t always easy and when you have tough times you have to do your best to get yourself, your staff and more importantly the fans and the players through it. Tough times force people to be tough, be angry, to get through it because I know on the other side it will be good.

At this present time it isn’t, I know that, and I’ve got to be as forceful as I can with the group to get them out of it. We’ve tried a lot of different things and we’ve got to keep trying and believe that in those eight games we can get enough points to make sure we’re still a League One club.


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