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A game of two halves for Blues boss Chris Powell

13 April 2018

Southend manager Chris Powell will be looking to get rid of two bizarre statistics when his side take on the U's this weekend.

His side have yet to net from open play in Powell’s six away games and have now not scored in the second half of an away game since September.

“I found out about the second half statistic just before the game on Saturday, it’s very bizarre and I obviously want it to end,” Powell told the Southend Echo.

“I haven’t been involved in all of them but we certainly couldn’t have come much closer than we did at Blackburn so hopefully at Oxford we can get the goals we need to win. 

Blues have now gone 17 away games without scoring in the second half.

"That needs changing or our fans might start going home at half-time on an away game!" Powell joked.

The U's will need to keep an eye on midfielder Dru Yearwood who is hoping to be involved and is also shortlisted for League One Apprentice of the Year.

“It would be great to get the three points and to then win the award as well, but I also want to get a goal,” said Yearwood “I wouldn’t say it was playing on my mind but I’m overdue one and it would be great to get my first at Oxford.

“It’s a big game and to even be nominated for the award is great but if I could win that and the game then it would be the best weekend yet.”

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