Stevenage vs Southend United - Carabao Cup Round One...
Blues switch their attentions to the opening round of the Carabao Cup this evening as they travel to the Lamex Stadium to take on League Two side Stevenage.
Southend will be looking to put to bed a terrible recent record under the various guises of the League Cup, having not won a match in the competition since 2010.
Stevenage haven’t had to wait as long as Blues for a win in the competition, but they have lost in the first round the last two seasons, last getting into round two in 2016 with a 1-0 win at Ipswich Town.
Both sides will see this evening as a good opportunity to get their first wins of the season under their belt with Southend and Stevenage both starting the campaign with successive defeats.
Blues were on the wrong end of a 3-1 defeat at home to Blackpool on Saturday, which followed a narrow 1-0 defeat at St. Andrew’s against Coventry City on the opening day.
Stevenage kicked off their season with a 2-0 defeat at league newcomers Salford City on day one and they too lost at home Saturday just gone, losing 1-0 to Exeter City thanks to a late Nicky Law strike.
Tuesday 8th November 2016 – Lamex Stadium - EFL Trophy
Stevenage 4-0 Southend United
Schumacher 8’, Godden 18’, Liburd 64’, 90’
Blues were swept aside by a rampant Stevenage in the Checkatrade Trophy as the League Two side run out comfortable 4-0 winners in this group stage contest at the Lamex Stadium.
Early goals from Steven Schumacher and Matt Godden put The Boro in control before a brace from Rowan Liburd rounded off the scoring with Southend already through to the next round.
Blues Team News
Kevin Bond suggested there wouldn’t be many changes to his side that lost out to Blackpool at the weekend with a number of first-team players still out through injury leaving him with few options.
Stephen McLaughlin is a potential option though having missed Saturday’s game. The Irishman didn’t resume training until Thursday after picking up an injury at Coventry, so he may feature.
Brandon Goodship was another one absent at the weekend due to a hip injury and he remains doubtful, while loanee Layton Ndukwu could be given his full debut for Blues. However Bond said the Leicester loanee still needs time to adapt.
“Layton still has to find out what we’re all about to be fair to him. It’s a bit of a learning process but we will, hopefully, introduce him slowly but surely into the first team.”
Bond has ruled Timothee Dieng out of the tie as he continues to return to full fitness.
Former Colchester United striker Kurtis Guthrie is arguably the one for Blues fans to look out for this evening having been Stevenage’s top goal scorer last season with 14 goals.
The frontman worked his way up from non-league to get his chance with Col U where he spent two seasons, although his second season with our local rivals was ravaged by injury.
Guthrie though made up for lost time last campaign to lead Stevenage’s scoring charts and he came into this season off the back of two goals in pre-season.
Christopher Sarginson from Staffordshire takes charge of tonight’s proceedings at the Lamex Stadium in what is his first match of the season.
Sarginson took charge of 44 matches in the 2018/19 season in all competitions, issuing 138 yellow cards – just over three a game on average – and eight reds.
He took charge of two Blues games last term, most recently the 2-2 draw away at Blackpool, and tonight he’ll be assisted by Gareth Viccars and Andrew Aylott, with Lee Venamore the fourth official.
Away Fans Guide
For those Blues fans travelling to the game, you’ll find yourselves housed in the South Stand of the 6,722 capacity Lamex Stadium, to the right of the tunnel and dugouts.
The all-seater South Stand has been open since 2001 after a £600,000 investment and can hold up to 1,400 travelling fans with clubs able to take some of the main stand if more seats are required.
For more information on the ground, including info on travel directions, where to park and where to go for a pre-match drink, check out awaygames.co.uk’s guide by clicking here.
Tickets went off pre-sale at 5pm yesterday for this evening’s game, with any pre-sold tickets available to collect from the Stevenage ticket office.
Blues fans can still buy tickets at the ground direct from the away turnstiles, cash or card.
Prices for tickets range from £8 for under 12’s up to £20 for adults.
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