Chris Powell delighted with winning start at Southend

Posted Sunday, January 28, 2018 by PA

Chris Powell delighted with winning start at Southend

Chris Powell could not contain his delight after starting his spell in charge of Southend with a 3-2 win against Scunthorpe.

An injury-time winner from Michael Turner secured the Shrimpers a dramatic victory at Roots Hall.
And Powell – who replaced Phil Brown in charge – hailed his side’s display.

“The players were terrific and I’m really pleased with them,” said the former Southend left-back.

“I didn’t sleep too well last night and 10 minutes in we’re 1-0 down and it was welcome back to management.

“But the players were terrific and they’ve set the bar for me now because they had to overcome so many things.

“We went 1-0 down in tough conditions against a powerful side who are in the play-off places.

“Confidence and results have been in short supply here but the players have given me their all.

“I’m pleased for everyone and it’s a nice feeling which nobody connected with Southend has had since Boxing Day so I’m very happy.

“But this is only one game of 18 and I don’t want anyone thinking too far ahead.”

Southend had been beaten in eight of their last nine games and found themselves a goal down after just 12 minutes against the Iron when Tom Hopper headed home from close range after Jason Demetriou had fail to deal with a right-wing cross from Kevin van Veen.

However, Southend hit back with an equaliser when Michael Kightly cut in off the left flank and delivered a deep cross which flew into the back of the net via the inside of the right post.

The Shrimpers went in front eight minutes into the second half when Stephen McLaughlin scored with a powerfully struck free-kick.

However, Scunthorpe drew back level just three minutes later when van Veen netted from close range after the hosts had failed to clear a corner.

The visitors were reduced to 10 men two minutes in stoppage time when Cameron Burgess was sent off for a second bookable offence after fouling Kightly.

And the Shrimpers immediately took full advantage with Turner sliding home a stoppage-time winner after Rory Watson had pushed out the subsequent McLaughlin free-kick, much to the disappointment of Scunthorpe boss Graham Alexander.

“I’m very frustrated,” said Alexander. “We could have had three points, let alone the one we lost at the end.

“We have conceded right at the end for the second game in succession and we have to get mentally better at seeing games out.

“We have a lot of inexperienced players and we don’t have the nous. We should have got at least a point from this game.”




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