Southend United vs Reading u21
Blues return to Checkatrade Trophy action as they welcome Reading u21s to Roots Hall for the second of their three group games in Southern Group B.
Southend began their Trophy campaign with a 2-1 defeat against Gillingham with Stephen McLaughlin’s goal unable to prevent Blues from propping up the table.
The young Reading side are a place above Blues in third after they drew their opener against Colchester United 2-2 before losing out on a bonus point with a 6-5 penalty shoot-out defeat.
Keeping up the momentum was the key message from Brown after three wins in a row in the league but the Blues boss is likely to make a number of changes with a trip to Doncaster on the horizon.
Southend United: WWWDLL
Reading u21s: DLDLDW
With tough league games coming up away at Doncaster Rovers and Wigan Athletic, Phil Brown will almost certainly rotate his squad for the visit of Scott Marshall’s Reading u21 side.
The competition rules allow for up to six changes from the side that played on Saturday and will give Brown the chance to feature youngsters such as Elvis Bwomono and Dru Yearwood.
Bwomono almost certainly will feature as Jason Demetriou is on international duty whilst the likes of Theo Robinson, Stephen Hendrie and Ted Smith will be looking for some vital game time.
Phil Brown, Southend United Manager;
“Having got nine points from three games in a great week, we’ve got to carry that on.
“They’re a young team and they’re notoriously good at producing young players, bringing them through and playing football in the right way.
“They will try and out football us and won’t change their methods or mentality and we need to stand up to that.
“Whatever team I put out there, we need to be as good as them with the ball.”
Tickets are available on the night with prices for adults £5, concessions £4 and juniors £1.