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Big Preview: Southend United vs Newport County AFC

8 August 2017

The Exiles began League Two with a 3-3 draw at Stevenage on Saturday. Here's our 'Big Preview' of tonight's Carabao Cup First Round tie...

Overview

Blues make their bow in the Carabao League Cup 1st Round on Tuesday night as they entertain League Two side Newport County at Roots Hall.  

The Exiles had been drawn at home for this tie, but whilst their Rodney Parade ground is having a new DESSO pitch installed the EFL allowed the tie to be switched, giving Blues home advantage.

Southend haven’t gone beyond the first round of the League Cup since 2010 when they needed penalties to beat Bristol City after a 2-2 draw at Roots Hall.

But Blues will see this tie as a great opportunity to reach Round 2 and will want to build upon their superb opening day win over Blackburn Rovers at the weekend.

Form

Southend United:            WWLDWW         

Newport County:             DLLWDW

Last Three Encounters

14th April 2015: Southend United (Bolger, McLaughlin) 2 vs 0 Newport County

21st October 2014: Newport County (Byrne) 1 vs 0 Southend United

31st January 2014: Southend United 0 vs 0 Newport County

Team News

Phil Brown confirmed that Amadou Ba is likely to play a part in the game after he missed out on Saturday’s 2-1 win over Blackburn due to his international clearance not coming through in time.

Fellow new-boy Rob Kiernan will be hoping for a start after he was an unused substitute on Saturday, whilst Michael Turner and Ben Coker remain out.

Former Blue, Frank Nouble is likely to feature against his former side after the striker joined the Exiles in the summer after being released at the end of last season.

Skipper, Josh Labadie may be rested after boss Michael Flynn said his captain looked jaded in the 3-3 draw against Stevenage, whilst Ben Tozer and Marlon Jackson remain sidelined with injuries.

They Say

Phil Brown, Southend United Manager;

“A good cup run is very important for confidence, important for finances and very important for the whole psychology for the season. 

“Having the fixture switched to Roots Hall instead of heading to Newport is music to my ears, and we’ll have the supporters coming down just like on Saturday and that shows what the new prospect of the signings can bring. 

“To progress to the next stage of the Carabao cup, just like in any cup, is a priority, and it’s another competition and tomorrow night is all about winning.”

Officials

Referee: Antony Coggins
Assistant Referee 1: Nick Hopton
Assistant Referee 2: Nigel Lugg
Fourth Official: David Rock

Antony Coggins began his second year refereeing in professional football, and took charge of his first Sky Bet League 2 match on Saturday in the game between Morecambe and Cheltenham Town. In that game, Coggins distributed four yellow cards.

Last season, Coggins officiated on 23 National League matches, including the play-off semi final first leg between Forest Green Rovers and Dagenham & Redbridge.

He issued six yellow cards in total and 77 yellows.

 

Please note, Carabao Cup and Checkatrade Trophy fixtures are not streamed live to overseas iFollow Blues subscribers. Only audio commentary will be provided.

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Phil Brown's Newport reaction

9 August 2017

Phil Brown gives his reaction to last night's 2-0 defeat to Newport in the Carabao Cup...

Southend’s poor League Cup run continued as they were knocked out the Carabao Cup at the first-round stage for the seventh successive season thanks to a 2-0 defeat by Newport County.

A brace from on-loan Bristol City striker Shawn McCoulsky was enough to see the League Two side through and after the game, Blues boss Phil Brown gave us his thoughts.

On the defeat to Newport…

Back to earth with a bump after such a high Saturday and the performance, more importantly.

We were beaten by a team who were playing a certain way and quite simply, we didn’t deal with it, either first half or second half.

We played some half decent stuff but not enough to get the ball over the line.

At half time the message was clear, the first goal was going to win it. Unfortunately, it came from a mistake by ourselves and the rest is history.

On Dru Yearwood’s debut…

Dru Yearwood was a massive positive for me.

The young lad coming through that type of an education; playing against systems, talking about the way they play, talking about the style of football.

And it’s not just second division, it can be first division, it can be Championship, it can be anything; when you’re working harder than the opposition and you’re putting them under pressure to make them knock long balls.

I didn’t think we worked hard enough to put them under enough pressure and we didn’t work hard enough to get the second ball. That will come with Dru, there’s no doubt about it.

He’s playing alongside Lenny who’s, more or less, his educator now. He’s 24-25 and has got 200 games under his belt, so that’s a learning curve for Lenny tonight.

On Southend’s League Cup hoodoo…

It’s not a great record but it’s not for the want of trying.

I know people will say “well, why do you make changes?” but quite simply we’ve been beaten by a team who’ve made five changes as well.

There’s a lot of teams that make changes because they have to see things. I had to see whether Ted Smith is good enough to question Mark Oxley, is John White good enough at centre half, is Rob Kiernan going to be fit, is Theo Robinson going to get 90-minutes of football at this level.

There are loads of questions I need to answer and you tend to get that out of cup performances. But the question that was answered tonight was, if we think we just have to turn up on a Saturday then we’re in trouble. 

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Newport County Tickets

7 August 2017

Tickets for the first round of the Carabao Cup against Newport County on Tuesday 8th August, 7.45pm KO

The Fairfield BMW East stand will be the only stand opening for the Carabao Cup Round One clash against Newport.

This fixture is now on general sale so season card holder's seats in the East Stand not purchased have been released for general sale. 

Blues were drawn out to play the game away, however the EFL have granted Newport permission to reverse the tie due to pitch refurbishments at Rodney Parade, so this game will now be played at Roots Hall.

Ticket Prices

Adult

Non Season Card Holder: £10

Concession (Disabled/ Student/ Young Person 17-22/ Senior 60+)

Non Season Card Holder: £6

Junior (Under 16) 

£1

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