SOUTHEND United manager Chris Powell is playing down his return to Charlton Athletic this weekend.

Powell made 270 appearances during his playing career with the Addicks before enjoying a successful three year spell as manager.

But the 49-year-old is now firmly focused on securing success for the Shrimpers.

“I’m going back to a place I know really well but the good times I had with Charlton as a player and as manager have gone now,” said Powell.

“It’s about now and the immediate future for Southend United.

“We need to go there and show real courage and quality.

“The last couple of games have been disappointing but we’ve had a really tough week in terms of training and preparation and we need to make that count on Saturday now.”

Powell’s Shrimpers side are currently 12th in the League One standings.

But tomorrow will not be the first time the 49-year-old has been back at the Valley.

“I’ve been back twice as a manager before, both with Huddersfield, “ said Powell.

“The first time was quite an emotional and difficult time if I’m honest because of everything that went on there with myself and the ownership.

“It’s all water under the bridge now but it was a sold out stadium and it didn’t go well.

“But I went back again and all that fanfare was done.

“It was nice to go and there was a ripple of applause but it was about performing and we did that, getting the three points. I

“It’s a difficult place to go so in many ways the pressure is off but I’m putting the pressure on our players.

“I want them to out run the opposition and make our moments tell.

“We’re still in the top half of the table but it’s all very close with a number of points still left to earn.”

Charlton are well placed in fifth place but will be missing two key men this weekend.

“They’ve lost (Karlan) Grant to Huddersfield Town who is a very good young player and (Lyle) Taylor is suspended,” said Powell.

“I think they’ve scored 29 of their goals this season but that might give an opportunity for someone else because they certainly have a decent squad.”