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Powell: “We’ve got a number of games coming up and we’ve got to balance it."

13 November 2018

Chris Powell’s Blues squad take on Southampton U21’s in the final group stage of the Checkatrade Trophy as they look to progress through to the next round of the competition.

In recent weeks the squad have been plagued with injuries to Harry Lennon, Ben Coker and leading goal scorer Tom Hopper, all of whom are recovering from long-term problems. 

With the games clocking up, it's going to be testing times for Southend as they come up against five different opposition in the space of 14 days. 

However, the Blues boss is going in search of some momentum and to do so will be fielding a strong side on Wednesday night.

“The next few games will certainly test our powers of recovery and endurance, but we have more than enough in the tank to deal with it. 

“No doubt we will have to be very careful with one or two individuals, but our recovery strategies are good. Our medical and strength and conditioning team are very good at how much training the players need to do, because the games are coming thick and fast.

“Having so many games is good and we hope it’s good being that it’s a means to an end and what I mean by that is one is a cup replay and one's a Checkatrade Trophy and obviously if we win both we add two more games at the beginning of December. In that is another league game against Scunthorpe as well as the upcoming Saturday games. 

“We’ve got a number of games coming up and we’ve got to balance it, utilise the squad, bring in some young players - the ones we feel are up to it - but we are going to have to, there’s no getting around it. We'll get on with it and do our best to start winning games.

“We’re playing Southampton U21’s tomorrow and we’ve done the preparations as we always do like everything other game. We will have a team that we feel will go out and win it for us. 

“The other cup game is on Tuesday night but regardless of what happens in that we're going to have to win and do our best in this competition and get into the top two of the group.” 

Wednesday’s cup game is an interesting fixture and it all comes down to tonight’s other group game between Cambridge and Colchester.

Whoever wins the game (which will be decided in 90 minutes or a penalty shootout) will top the group for the time being and depending on the result could leave the opportunity open for Blues to swoop in and steal the top spot, or second, and go into the next round. 

Powell added: “We need to keep our season alive, we need to keep it going and we’ve had very mixed form in the league. 

“I want us to start winning again because we’ve done it before, but we’ve been very up and down for a whole host of reasons.

“We’ve got to deal with it and we're no different to any other football club who have to contend with injuries, contend with loss of form, not doing the right things or maybe, as we did on Saturday, be out of sight and not even give the opposition a sniff. 

“The thing is we never finished them (Crawley Town) and we’ve got to keep creating chances. It’s when they aren’t creating those chances that you worry. 

“We have to find ways of winning, find ways of stopping the opposition, being defensively assured and compact and also still play the way we do at the start of each game."

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Match Report: Southend United 3-0 Southampton U21's

14 November 2018

Blues cruised into the knockout stages of the Checkatrade Trophy with a comfortable 3-0 win over Southampton U21’s under the Roots Hall floodlights.

Chris Powell’s side headed into the game level with the Saints on three points meaning a loss would knock them out of the competition. A win with a goal difference of three would guarantee a second-place finish but with five goals Southend could top the group and after this afternoon’s win Powell’s Blue army go into the next round in second place.

Powell made eight changes to his side from Saturday’s FA Cup draw with the most notable change seeing Luke Hyam return to the side following his long period out with an knee injury, Bishop went straight back in between the sticks and Kyprianou was handed his first game since the Brentford match in August.

The first chance of the evening went to visitors, the opportunity came from a set-piece after Luke Hyam had tackled Marcus Barnes on the edge of the area. Southampton’s Callum Slattery fired in the free-kick but the ball was sent straight at Bishop who collected the ball easily. 

Blues were slow getting into the game but when they got their heads straight they started to produce some tricky footwork. 

Southend’s first real chance of the game came from a corner and ended up making it 1-0, Michael Kightly swung the ball in but it was over shot and Dru Yearwood picked up the pieces, rounded Tyreke Johnson and saw the opportunity to send another ball into the box, his cross ended up being dropped by keeper Harry Lewis and into the feet of Harry Bunn who smashed the ball into the roof of the net giving Blues the lead. 

The goal gave Southend a massive boost and their play kicked up a notch. 

After some end-to-end football Blues found a break through with Harry Kyprianou sending the ball high into the sky and into the far left corner with the chasing Shawn McCoulsky not far behind. McCoulsky managed to keep the ball in play, nutmeg Nathan Tella and go through on goal, only for his effort to be saved and put out for a corner ball.

Once again Blues were able to take advantage of their set-piece opportunity, but this time Stephen McLaughlin was able to pick up the scraps of the corner, fire in his own shot which rebound of the post and out to Kyprianou who stabbed the ball home.

Southend were in full control of the game from here on out with Southampton’s only close effort going wide of the post from open play. 

The game seemed to have almost lost it’s energy 25 minutes into the game but a surprise run from Elvis Bwomono sparked a quick-counter attack involving Yearwood who flicked the ball onto McLaughlin and back into the path of Bwomono who burst forward into the Saints box, took on the defender and pulled a shot from out wide and into the bottom left corner. 

Southampton’s only real effort that tested Blues’ young shotstopper of Bishop was once against from another free-kick, which Thomas O’Connor fires over the wall and into down to the right of Bishop who amazingly keeps hold of the ball to deny the opposition a goal. 

Just before half-time two of Southampton’s players (Johnson & Slattery) were booked for fouls on Elvis Bwomono and Dru Yearwood. 

The visitors made two changes going into the second-half with Harry Hamblin and Kayne Ramsay coming on to replace Christoph Klarer and Nathan Tella. 

The second half started just like the first half with very little action in the opening minutes.

A break down the right hand side saw Kightly send a ball into the left hand side of the box, which met the head of Shawn McCoulsky who headed the ball back into the centre of the box but the diving Kyprianou’s outstretched leg could only skim the ball and the chance was booted away by O’Driscoll.

Moments later Blues won a free-kick on the edge of the Saints box, but this set-piece was unlike any other free-kick. Strangely enough goal scorer Bunn and Yearwood took positions either side of the posts, the kick was taken and due to Bunn interfering with play he was flagged for offside.

Southampton tried to catch Southend out on the counter and came close with Yan Valery pinging a low cross into Blues’ box which skimmed the outstretched legs of Jonathan Afolabi and Barnes.

Southend almost made it 4-0 when Kightly sent a hard header goal bound but the Saints keeper was on hand to push the effort away from goal.

Blues’ then made two changes with Hyam and skipper Yearwood coming off and being replaced by Timothee Dieng and Jason Demetriou.

With the dying minutes of the game slowly closing in Powell decided to make his final change of the evening with 17-year-old Charlie Kelman being handed his debut to a standing ovation, he came on to replace Bunn.

That concluded the events at Roots Hall with Southend United moving into the knockout stages of the competition.

Blues will find out who they will face in the next round of the competition after Friday’s draw.

Wednesday 14th November 2018

Roots Hall Stadium

Southend United vs Southampton U21’s (The Checkatrade Trophy)

Southend United XI: Bishop (GK), Moore, Kyprianou, White, Bwomono, Kightly, Yearwood ©, Hyam, McLaughlin, Bunn, McCoulsky.

SUBS: Oxley (GK), Demetriou, Hendrie, Kelman, Dieng, Cox, Robinson.

Southampton U21’s XI: Lewis (GK), Valery, O’Connor ©, Johnson, Klarer, Slattery, Driscoll, Afolabi, Smallbone, Tella, Barnes.

SUBS: Rose (GK), Ferry, Ramsay, Robise, Hamblin, Jankewitz, Tchaptchet.

Goal Scorer:

Southend – Bunn (12’), Kyprianou (18’), Bwomono (24’)

Southampton U21’s - N/A

Yellow Cards

Southend – N/A

Southampton U21’s – Tyreke Johnson (32’), Callum Slattery (35’)

Red Cards

Southend – N/A

Southampton U21’s – N/A

Attendance: 983 (68 Southampton fans)

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Get Your Southampton U21s Tickets

13 November 2018

Tickets for Southend United's final Checkatrade Trophy group game against Southampton U21's are on sale...

Tickets for this game will only be available in the Fairfield BMW East Stand.

Prices for the fixture are as follows: 

Category 

Season card holders *

Non Season card holders 

Adult

£6.00

£8.00

Concessions (Senior, YP, Student and Disabled) 

£4.00

£6.00

Junior (U16) 

£1.00

£2.00

*The season card holder discount is only available in advance of the match day and will not be available on 14th November.

A how to purchase cup tickets for Season Card holder can be found by clicking here.

Purchase tickets for the game from the Blues Box Office, Online or by calling 08444 770077.

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