SOUTHEND United manager Chris Powell feels the Shrimpers’ good recent result against Oxford United will count for nothing tomorrow.

The Shrimpers have not been beaten at the end of 90 minutes in their last 10 outings with the U’s,

But Powell will not be reading anything into the form guide.

“Things like that are a bit quirky but it’s different players, managers, formations and tactics so what’s happened in the past doesn’t really count for too much now,” said the Blues boss.

“When we played Gillingham everyone was telling me in the build up to the game that we never beat them but we won 4-0 that day.

“Past results can be a little bit misleading but I’m happy to take any positives coming our way and hopefully we can do well against Oxford again to keep it going.”

Oxford head into the game sitting 18th in the League One standings, just five points above the relegation zone.

U’s boss Karl Robinson has also yet to win in five games since taking charge of the club.

And Powell believes Oxford could feel under pressure this weekend.

“Oxford will be thinking the pressure is on them to get a result,” said Powell.

“Karl has gone in and he will be looking to get a result.

“He’s had a couple of draws and defeats and he will be looking for the boost they need but I don’t want us to give that to them.”

However, despite the poor league position, Powell still believes Oxford will be tough to beat.

“They have some good footballers,” said Powell.

“Two or three of them can really handle the football and they were unlucky in the week where they had the heartbreak of a last gasp winner against Fleetwood.

“Kevin Keen was there watching and said Oxford played well.

“We know they have quality and we have to make sure we don’t let them build their confidence.

“But every game is tough at this level and this one is no different.”

Powell added the Shrimpers have no new injury concerns this weekend but will again be without long term absentees centre-back Rob Kiernan (knees) and goalkeeper Ted Smith (shoulder).