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Big Preview: Stevenage vs Southend

13 August 2019

Stevenage vs Southend United - Carabao Cup Round One...

Overview

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.

Form

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.  

Last Meeting

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.

Stevenage Dangerman

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.

Ref Watch

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

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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Match Reports

Match Report: Stevenage 1-2 Southend

13 August 2019

Charlie Kelman’s second-half brace saw Blues reach the second round of the Carabao Cup at the expense of League Two side Stevenage thanks to a 2-1 win at The Lamex Stadium.

Blues began brightly against The Boro creating a couple of good opportunities to break the deadlock early on with Stephen McLaughlin forcing a save out of Paul Farman inside five minutes.

Sam Mantom then saw his free-kick accidentally blocked by Harry Lennon before McLaughlin chanced his arm again at Farman only for the Stevenage goalkeeper to comfortably save.

Against the run of play, however, Stevenage would take the lead with a superb strike from Dean Parrett, opening the scoring, as well as The Boro’s account for the season, in the 14th minute.

Mantom’s attempt to cut out a through ball inadvertently allowed the ball to fall perfectly for Parrett who rifled the ball into the top corner from 20-yards to give the home side the lead.

The goal had understandably lifted Stevenage who pushed for a second and had a good chance to extend their lead through Kurtis Guthrie who stabbed a corner wide on the stretch.

But Southend would end the half strongly and should have levelled before the break when Isaac Hutchinson was picked out only for a superb Luis Fernandez block to stop his goal-bound effort.

Kevin Bond’s side didn’t have to wait too long after the interval though to equalise as they restored parity within two minutes of the restart through Charlie Kelman’s first goal of the season.  

A perfectly swung-in cross from the right from Elvis Bwomono found the head of Kelman six yards out with the striker thundering his header beyond Farman to make it 1-1.

It was arguably just reward for Blues who’d had a lot of the play in the first-half and they would carry the momentum forward and take the lead for the first time with Kelman grabbing his second.

McLaughlin and Nathan Ralph combined well down the left with the full-back laying the ball off to Kelman who took one touch to control before using his second to fire in at Farman’s near post.

The youngster’s brace had put Blues on course for their first win in the League Cup for almost a decade, having not won in the competition since beating Bristol City in 2010.

Stevenage pushed for an equaliser but were dealt a blow as sub Emmanuel Sonupe pulled up with a thigh injury, and having used all of their subs, the home side had to finish the game with 10-men.

Blues though still had to ride their luck late on with Joe Shaughnessy pulling out a superb block in the penalty area before Guthrie’s header went straight down the throat of the thankful Bishop.

A Stevenage equaliser would have forced a penalty shoot-out with no extra time to be played, but Southend held out for the five additional minutes shown to advance to the second round.

Stevenage XI: Farman, James-Wildin, Cuthbert (C) (Sonupe 59’), Soares, Carter (Cowley 77’), Husin, Vancooten, Parrett (Ionttoon 50’), Taylor, Guthrie, Fernandez. Subs Not Used: Bastien, Rollinson, Newton, Smith

Blues XI:  Bishop, Bwomono, Ralph, Milligan (C), Cox, McLaughlin (Blackman 77’), Mantom, Shaughnessy, Kelman (Robinson 90+2’), Lennon (White 25’), Hutchinson. Subs Not Used: Oxley, Hyam, Humphrys, Ndukwu

Referee: Christopher Sarginson

Assistants: Gareth Viccars & Andrew Aylott

Fourth Official: Lee Venamore

Scorers:

Stevenage: Dean Parrett 14’

Southend United: Charlie Kelman 47’, 55’

Yellow Cards:

Stevenage: Kurtis Guthrie 45+6’, Luis Fernandez 73’

Southend United: Isaac Hutchinson 70’

Attendance: 1,315 (362)

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