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Big Preview: Southend United vs Cambridge United

4 September 2018

Southend United vs Cambridge United...

Blues switch their attention to the Checkatrade Trophy this evening as they welcome League Two side Cambridge United to Roots Hall in their opening game in Group B.  

Colchester United and Southampton u21s make up the rest of the group with all four sides knowing that a victory this evening will put them in good stead to qualify for the next round. 

Southend go into the tie off the back of a late 2-1 defeat at home to Charlton while Cambridge picked up a morale-boosting win on the road, winning 1-0 away at Stevenage. 

Tonight will be the first competitive meeting between the two sides since March 2015 although Southend did beat The U’s 2-0 at the Abbey Stadium in a pre-season friendly last year.  

Southend United: LWLWLD

Cambridge United: WLLDLW

21st March 2015: Southend United 0 vs 0 Cambridge United

26th December 2014: Cambridge United 0 vs 1 (Corr) Southend United

28th March 2005: Cambridge United 0 vs 2 (Prior, Barrett) Southend United

Fitness, suspensions and international call-ups are all hampering Chris Powell at the moment. Up to 12 players are unavailable heading into tonight's game. 

Mark Oxley and Michael Kightly will be missing following their red cards against Charlton on Saturday, despite the fact that tonight’s game doesn’t count towards their three-game bans. 

An anomaly in the rules means that as they are ‘suspended’ and aren’t allowed to feature, leaving youngster Nathan Bishop to fill in between the sticks for the opening group game. 

Michael Klass is expected to feature as boss Chris Powell continues to struggle with a growing list of absentees while loanees Taylor Moore and Harry Bunn may make their full debuts. 

Cambridge may look to reintroduce Greg Taylor, Harrison Dunk and former Blues striker Barry Corr after the trio returned to training shortly before the weekend win over Stevenage. 

That game came too quick for those three so manager Joe Dunne may look to use this fixture to give them some minutes, with two other former Blues players, Gary Deegan and Jabo Ibhere, set to feature. 

Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:

“We have to put in some younger players that’s for certain, but whatever team goes out, as I’ve always said, whether they are playing in the right positions or whether they are doing the job for the team, the one thing they will do is give their absolute all for me and their teammates. 

“The game is going to be tougher than we thought it would be because we do have a number of injuries and suspensions, but it’s a road to Wembley. Watching it last year and looking at Lincoln and Shrewsbury, I thought this would be great for us.

“It’s a long way to Wembley, we’ve got three group games to get through and I want us to get positive results, see if we can progress and see how far we can get in the competition. 

Joe Dunne, Cambridge United Manager: 

"We're in a stronger position now in what we have available. 

"I have a belief, and I've always done this with this competition. Anyone that does well in it will tell you it's a valuable competition. We'll treat it with the value it deserves and the respect it deserves.

"I will make some changes because we have players coming back to fitness, we'll make small changes but we want to try and keep as much momentum as we can."

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Match Reports

Match Report: Southend United 3-1 Cambridge United

4 September 2018

Blues' stunning second-half performance courtesy of a Shawn McCoulsky double and a Isaac Hutchinson debut goal secured them all three points in the Checkatrade Trophy at home against a strong Cambridge United side…

The Tuesday night fixture saw a lot of attacking play and both sides piled on the pressure as they battled it out crucial group stage points.

The three-points and equal amount of goals puts Blues top of the Southern Group B table and those points could help them for the future fixtures.

The game started very slowly and both sides had an equal amount of possession, but they couldn’t create any promising chances in the first-half.

The first goal-scoring opportunity for Blues came after seven minutes with the experienced Simon Cox bursting down the left-hand flank, but his low cross was deflected out wide for a corner.

The visitors had a golden chance to score from a set-piece, but Jevani Brown’s free-kick narrowly sailed over the bar.

Cambridge almost scored an own goal which came from Harry Bunn’s cross that was sent goal-bound and deflected off the legs of Harry Darling leaving Mitov scrambling for the ball as it just scrapes wide of the far post.

Blues youngster Renei Batlokwa could of and should have put his side infront but the number 33’s right footed volley span off his foot and rolled out to Cox whose effort on goal went straight to the keeper.

Cambridge made two changes at half-time with captain George Taylor and George Maris coming off for Jake Carroll and Paul Lewis.

Both teams came out more aggressive in the second half and the visitors change made a difference and after seven minutes they took the lead after Reggie Lambe headed in Leon Davies’ left-wing cross.

But the lead didn’t last long with Blues’ loan signing Shawn McCoulsky netting Bunn’s cross into the net to level the playing field.

McCoulsky took under ten minutes to double his tally and did so from the same attacking play, this time following Stephen Hendrie’s high-rising cross.

Cambridge’s final change saw Emmanuel Osadebe come off for the attacking player David Amoo as the visitors tried to salvage something from the game.

Just as the excitement had died down in the game youngster Michael Klass sent a wonderfully taken long-range shot goal bound and hit the woodwork.

A double change for Blues’ saw the introduction of Lewis Gard and Isaac Hutchinson who replaced Bunn and Cox.

The substitutions were certainly the right ones as it took debutant Hutchinson just one minute to score on his Blues debut, netting a well-taken strike that thundered into the back of the net.

The final change of the evening saw Stephen McLaughlin come off for Amadou Ba.

In the dying minutes of the game the U’s tried effortlessly to get something from the game and came close when substitute Lewis sent a bouncing shot towards Bishop’s goal but the 18-year-old shot-stopper made a superb fingertip save to push the ball over the bar.

The victory is exactly the type of response Chris Powell would have wanted from his side and they will look to use the win as momentum when they take on Peterborough this weekend at Roots Hall.

Tuesday 4th September 2018

Roots Hall Stadium

Southend United vs Cambridge United (Checkatrade Trophy)

Southend United: Bishop (GK), Bwomono, White ©, Moore, Hendrie, McLaughlin, Klass, Batlokwa, Bunn, McCoulsky, Cox.

Cambridge United: Mitov (GK), Taft, Davies, Darling, Taylor © O’Neil, Osadebe, Maris, Lambe, Brown, Azeez

Goal Scorer:

Southend – McCoulsky (55’, 62’) Hutchinson (83’)

Cambridge – Lambe (52’)

Yellow Cards

Southend – Michael Klass (22’) Harry Bunn (72’)

Cambridge – Liam O’Neil (73’)

Attendance – 1,421 (49 Cambridge supporters)

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4 September 2018

Tickets information ahead of tonight's Checkatrade Trophy group game against Cambridge United.

The East Stand is the only stand open for home supporters.

Prices for the fixture are as follows:

  Season Card Holder* Non-Season Card Holder
Adult £4.00 £5.00
Concessions (Senior, Young Person, Student and Disabled) £3.00 £4.00
Junior (U16) £1.00 £1.00

*Please note that the Season Card holder price will not be available on the day of the game.

Wheelchair users will be allocated tickets in the Executive Boxes and these tickets will need to be bought directly from the ticket office.

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

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