SOUTHEND United were knocked out of the Carabao Cup in the first round for the 8th consecutive season as their cup woes continue. Blues boss Chris Powell admits cup runs aren’t currently synonymous with Southend but says he hopes to change this.
“It’s a shame really, cup runs are not synonymous with Southend at the minute but let’s see if that can change in the Checkatrade Trophy or the FA Cup.”
The Shrimpers manager also suggested the Blues didn’t make it a cup tie in the first half, but despite a strong effort in the second half, admitted they were beaten by the better side.
“They’re a good side and even though they made changes they have a certain way of playing, and I felt we didn’t make it a cup tie first-half. It was almost that we accepted that they are a Championship side and we let them have too much of the ball.”
“It goes 3-1 and you’re thinking it’s going to be a tough one, then Shawn comes up with a fantastic finish and then the moment every Southend fan really wanted was Michael Klass’ header to go in. That would have made it 3-3 and it would have been interesting them.”
“There was a lot to like from us in the second half but we were beaten by the better side on the evening.”
Chris Powell also expressed his delight for Shawn McCoulsky, who started his first game for the Blues.
“It was an excellent debut for Shawn, it’s a fantastic finish, very impressive, his willingness to compete, he’s got a good spring, he wants to get in behind and for someone who’s just been with us for a day or two, I thought he did ever so well.”
Bradford is up next for Southend, and Chris Powell has expressed how the Blues need to get their first win behind them in order to get going.
“I said to the players that our focus now is Bradford. We need our first win and we need to get ourselves going. We are doing some good things, but you need results.”