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Big Preview: Southend United vs Portsmouth

8 January 2019

Southend United vs Portsmouth...

Blues return to action this evening as they take on League One leaders Portsmouth in the Checkatrade Trophy at Roots Hall, looking to book their place in the last eight of the competition.  

Southend will have benefited from some extra rest having not played this weekend and will still be on a high after the entertaining finish to their 2-0 win over local rivals Gillingham a week ago.

Portsmouth are expected the shuffle their pack as they come into the game off the back of a superb FA Cup win against Championship side Norwich City on Saturday.

Kenny Jackett’s side are currently riding high in the League One table, five points clear of Luton in second, but they have a poor recent record at Roots Hall, failing to win on any of their last five visits.   

Southend United: WLWLWL

Portsmouth: WWWLLD

8th December 2018: Portsmouth (Turner OG, Lowe) 2 vs 0 Southend United

17th February 2018: Southend United (Clarke OG, Demetriou 2) 3 vs 1 (Evans) Portsmouth

18th November 2017: Portsmouth (Pitman) 1 vs 0 Southend United

Goalkeeper Ted Smith could be in line for his first start of the season with first choice goalkeeper Mark Oxley still out nursing a back problem.

Theo Robinson will miss out following his red card against Gillingham which leaves Powell with just one fit striker in Simon Cox, so youngster Charlie Kelman could also be involved this evening.  

Isaac Hutchinson will also hope to build on his first league start for the club, with Southend still missing a number of first-team players due to serious injuries.

Portsmouth boss Kenny Jacket has said he will rotate his squad as he has done throughout the competition, giving some of his more fringe players a chance to impress.

One player who won’t be available for Pompey will be midfielder Ben Thompson who played the full 90 minutes their FA Cup win at Norwich but has been recalled from his loan spell by Millwall. 

Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:

“This is a competition that we’re in and we should look to win it, if not don’t play in it.

"I know we are going to have a strong side tomorrow, we do have some young players in the side, but they are young players that have been playing recently.

“We’ve had a week's rest as such, we have been training, but we should be chomping at the bit to play and do our best to win another football match because everyone loves winning."

Kenny Jackett, Portsmouth Manager:  

“Southend are a very competitive League One team and will be working hard to get themselves up around the play-off places.

“We’ve got through to the knockout stages and if we can keep progressing on all fronts that would be great because there’s the carrot of a Wembley appearance at the end.

“But every win we’ve had in any competition this season has been hard-earned and we know it’s not going to get easier.”

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Match Report: Southend 0-2 Portsmouth

8 January 2019

Southend bowed out of the Checkatrade Trophy at the third round stage as they disappointedly lost 2-0 at Roots Hall to an understrength Portsmouth side.

The visitors made 10 changes following their Emirates FA Cup win against Norwich City at the weekend and they caught Blues cold, going in front after just 93 seconds when Louis Dennis’ looping header went in off the underside of the crossbar.

Dennis’ early goal allowed Portsmouth to settle quickly and they had a couple of good opportunities to double their lead midway through the half, with Bradley Lethbridge blazing over following a Gareth Evans free-kick moments before David Wheeler went clean through only to miss the target.

Blues were struggling to show any real threat up front with Elvis Bwomono and Harry Bunn having efforts on goal which failed to test Alex Bass in the Portsmouth goal, but they almost carved out an opening with a well-worked free-kick late in the half.

Having been brought down wide on the right, Michael Kightly fed the ball into Simon Cox who in turn played in Theo Robinson whose low cross to the far post narrowly missing the outstretched legs of both Bunn and Taylor Moore who’d gone flying in at the far stick.

Southend’s task though was made twice as hard as in first-half stoppage time the visitors doubled their lead, with the scorer of their opener turning provider, as Dennis’ weaving run led to him teeing up captain Evans who leathered the ball beyond Ted Smith to make it 2-0 at the break.

Chris Powell – having made six changes prior to the game – made two changes at the break, bringing on Stephen McLaughlin and Timothee Dieng, with Blues forced into making a third and final change before the hour mark as Moore limped off injured, being replaced by Isaac Hutchinson.

The changes though made little difference as Southend failed to trouble Bass in the Portsmouth goal with Pompey having a chance to seal their passage through to the next round when Adam May fired over from close range midway through the second-half.

With less than 15 minutes remaining, Blues pressed for a goal to get themselves back in the contest, with Bunn seeing a deflected effort go wide as Southend won a series of corners but they couldn’t break down a sturdy Pompey backline to threaten a comeback.

Kenny Jackett’s side remained untroubled with Southend's night summed up in stoppage time when McLaughlin fired tamely over the crossbar from inside the area as Pompey booking their place in the last eight of the competition. 

Blues XI: Smith, Bwomono, Hyam, Kightly (Dieng 46’), Cox (McLaughlin 46’), Yearwood (C), Moore (Hutchinson 60’), Bunn, Robinson, Hendrie, White. Subs Not Used: Bishop, Turner, Mantom, Klass

Portsmouth XI: Bass, Burgess, Dennis, Wheeler, Evans (C), May, Casey, Smith, Green (Read 46’), Haunstrup, Lethbridge (Maloney 54’). Sub Not Used: Durin, Clarke, Lowe, Hancott, Mnoga

Referee: Craig Hicks

Assistants: Paul Yates & Callum Walchester

Fourth Official: Alan Young

Scorers:

Southend United: None

Portsmouth: Louis Dennis 2’, Gareth Evans 45+2’

Yellow Cards:

Southend United: None 

Portsmouth: None

Attendance: 1,649 (189 Away)

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