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Big Preview: Gillingham vs Southend United

29 August 2017

Gillingham vs Southend United


Just over 72-hours on from their 3-3 draw in the league at the weekend, Blues return to Gillingham’s MEMS Priestfield Stadium as both sides begin their campaign in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Southend boss Phil Brown was furious with his side after letting the lead slip twice against the Gills on Saturday and he’ll be hoping to see a more ruthless Blues performance this evening.

The weekend’s draw saw Gills remain without a win this season but they at least notched their first goals of the campaign thanks to Tom Eaves’ hat-trick.

Both sides are likely to make a number of changes to their starting line-ups for this evening’s group opener, with Colchester United and Reading u21s facing off in the other game in Group B.


Gillingham: DLLLDW

Southend United: DDLLWW

Last Three Encounters

26th August 2017: Gillingham (Eaves 3) 3 vs 3 (Leonard, Kightly, Cox) Southend United

25th February 2017: Gillingham (Wright 2) 2 vs 1 (Ranger) Southend United

9th August 2016: Southend United (McLaughlin) 1 vs 3 (McDonald, Emmanuel Thomas 2) Gillingham

Team News

Jason Demetriou is unavailable for Blues as he’s flown out to Cyprus ahead of their World Cup 2018 Qualifiers this week against Bosnia Herzegovina and Estonia.

That means Phil Brown will have to shuffle his pack at the back with Harry Kyprianou on hand for his first start of the season, whilst Ben Coker, Michael Turner and Rob Kiernan remain out.

Brown may also wish to freshen things up elsewhere on the pitch with youngsters Amadou Ba, Dru Yearwood and Jack Bridge possible starters having been unused subs on Saturday.

Gillingham too are likely to make changes but may wish to continue to with Liam Nash up front following his full debut for the club on Saturday.

The former Maldon & Tiptree frontman may also be joined by Steve Arnold and Ben Nugent, both of whom have yet to make their full debuts for the club having signed recently.

They Say

Simon Cox, Southend United striker;

"It will be a different game because with the rules you have to play a certain amount of players [that played the last game].

"We've got some really good young players who are chomping at the bit to get some minutes.

"It will be a different game, a different atmosphere, but a game we want to win. 

"If we can win it you never know what that does to confidence. That can be a springboard for us in the league and can kick our season off."

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Match Reports

Match Report: Gillingham 2-1 Southend United

29 August 2017

Southend began their Checkatrade Trophy campaign with a 2-1 defeat at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium as an unfortunate own goal from Anton Ferdinand sealed all three points for Gillingham.

The Gills opened the scoring early on in this Group B tie in the 8th minute as Josh Parker scored at the second attempt from outside the box after John White had blocked the midfielder’s first effort.  

Blues though should have been level midway through the first half as Jermaine McGlashan was slipped in brilliantly by Theo Robinson, but the former Gills midfielder couldn’t beat Steve Arnold.

Southend didn’t have to wait too long to get back on level terms however as Stephen McLaughlin grabbed his fourth goal in successive games against Gillingham to level after half an hour.

Elvis Bwomono stole the ball off Parker with a crunching challenge with Dru Yearwood carrying the ball forward before smashing a low cross across the face of goal for McLaughlin to tap in.

Both sides had chances to go into the break with a lead with Robinson wildly hitting a shot wide after being put through, whilst Scott Wagstaff had a goalbound effort deflected just over.

Southend had an early opportunity to take the lead in the second half as Yearwood got himself into a good shooting position only for his near-post strike to be smartly saved by Arnold.  

Max Ehmer had a decent chance for the home side minutes later with a header, but Gillingham would go on to retake the lead in fortunate circumstances before the hour mark.

After Darren Oldaker saw his free-kick come back off the crossbar, Bwomono was first to the loose ball but he could only hit his clearance onto Anton Ferdinand who deflected the ball in.  

There was little the Blues skipper could do about the own goal but Southend did have a great chance late on to take the tie to penalties and the chance of a bonus point through McGlashan.

Substitute Simon Cox laid the ball on a plate for the former Gills winger and, with Arnold scampering, Aaron Simpson superbly got his body in the way of the strike to stop a certain equaliser.

After a lengthy stoppage for an injury to Arnold earlier in the half, the fourth official indicated 10 minutes added on at the end of the game but Gillingham held on to top the group.

Gillingham XI: Arnold, O’Neill, Ehmer, Wagstaff (C)(Byrne 90+5’), Hessenthaler, Wilkinson, Ogilvie (Simpson 79’), Parker, Nugent, Oldaker, Cundle (List 70’). Subs Not Used: Holy, Lacey, Eaves, Chapman

Blues XI: Oxley, Ferdinand (C), Timlin, McLaughlin, Ba (Cox 70’), Yearwood (Klass 62’), McGlashan, Leonard, Robinson, Bwomono, White (Kyprianou 85’). Subs Not Used: Smith, Kightly, Fortune, Bridge

Referee: Andy Haines

Assistants: Thomas Ramsey & Daniel Cook

Fourth Official: Anthony Da Costa


Gillingham: Josh Parker 8’, Anton Ferdinand OG 57’

Southend: Stephen McLaughlin 31’

Yellow Cards:

Gillingham: Josh Parker 33’, Connor Ogilvie 63’, Conor Wilkinson 90+12'

Southend: Stephen McLaughlin 31’, John White 55’, Amadou Ba 66’, Jermaine McGlashan 73’, Mark Oxley 90+12'

Attendance: 1,549 

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Ticket News

Gillingham Away - Checkatrade Trophy Ticket Information

23 August 2017

Ticket information ahead of Tuesday 29th August...

Tickets for the Checkatrade Trophy away game against Gillingham on Tuesday 29th August are on sale.

We have been issued 400 tickets, which are in the Gordon Road Stand, prices are as follows;

Adult £7.00

Senior Citizen £5.00

Under 18 £5.00

Under 12 – Free (only available from the ticket office, not available online)

We have been allocated three wheelchair spaces, wheelchair users and ambulant disabled pay the age related price with a free carer if required.

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