Southend United vs Brighton & Hove Albion...
Blues take a short break from League One to concentrate on the Leasing.Com Trophy this evening as Southend entertain Brighton & Hove Albion’s u21s at Roots Hall.
Having lost their opening group game to Leyton Orient, Blues know that a win over Brighton’s youngsters is a must if they are to harbour any hope of progressing to the next round.
The Seagulls began their Trophy campaign with a 2-0 win over AFC Wimbledon at the Cherry Red Records Stadium meaning that a win tonight would all but guarantee their passage through.
Southend’s form in the league has been inconsistent with Blues picking up one win, a draw and two defeats in their last four outings.
Saturday’s defeat to Accrington at home left Southend without a win in any competition at Roots Hall so far this season, which is something they would like to put right this evening.
Brighton’s u18s have gotten off to a flyer this season, winning five and drawing one of their opening six games, while their u23s haven’t started as well but they did beat Spurs 4-1 on Friday.
Tuesday 30th August 2016
Southend United 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion u21s
Mooney 35’, Kyprianou 49’
Blues Team News
Caretaker boss Gary Waddock is expected to give those who haven’t played as many minutes a chance to impress against Brighton’s youngsters this evening.
Timothee Dieng is one that could feature having yet to appear for Blues this season due to calf problems, while Jason Demetriou could also come in after on-going knee injuries.
Simon Cox and Charlie Kelman will miss out with ankle injuries picked up on Saturday, which will give the likes of Terrell Egbri, who has impressed for Blues U23s this season, the chance to potentially play a part this evening.
Ryan Longman is one to keep an eye on as the forward comes into tonight’s encounter in great form having scored twice in Brighton u23’s 4-1 win over Tottenham at the AMEX Stadium last Friday.
The 18-year-old grabbed the Seagulls’ equaliser with a deflected effort before firing one into the top corner after the hour to put Brighton course for an impressive win.
Longman was picked up by Brighton at the age of just 10 and has worked his way through the ranks, making his senior debut last month in the Seagulls’ Carabao Cup defeat to Aston Villa.
The Fairfield BMW East Stand will be the only stand open to home supporters for this fixture with tickets available to purchase from the Blues Box Office, online or by calling 08444 770077.
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